January 17, 2012
As we chronicle the Weekly's progress toward LEED Platinum certification, we're heartened to hear there's another business in town taking sustainability seriously.
Seaside's own Victory Toyota announced today it will soon begin construction on the city's first LEED certified auto sales and service complex. (LEED, for the uninitiated, stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is a federal program run through the U.S. Green Building Council recognizing companies' commitment to energy efficiency and environmentally friendly building design.)
When finished, the 33,750-square-foot auto complex will feature a south-facing building to maximize interior shading in the summer and maximize heat and natural daylight in winter and a water reclamation system for the car wash which will reduce water consumption.
“We are committed to giving the citizens of Seaside an auto complex that will not only enhance the aesthetics of the community but will respect the environment as well," said Victory Toyota owner Peter Blackstock in a statement.