OXNARD, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 25, 2013) - Volkswagen's Test Center California (TCC) product development and emissions test laboratory has achieved the coveted certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) green building certification program.
LEED certification is an internationally-recognized green building certification system developed by the USGBC in March of 2000. LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solution.
"Volkswagen Group has a comprehensive strategy to develop sustainable innovations designed to help reduce the environmental footprint of our products and all aspects of our corporate operations," said Matthias Barke, General Manager, Volkswagen Group Test Center California. "As one of the few automotive laboratories of its kind in the world to achieve LEED certification, the TCC's achievement allows us to be better neighbors while contributing to Volkswagen's worldwide commitment to environmental responsibility."
Volkswagen Group is committed to a global environmental strategy designed to help reduce the company's fleet fuel consumption and emissions while promoting sustainable and eco-conscious innovations in all of the company's operations.
In partnership with the facility's owner, Quattro-Del Norte LLC of Oxnard, the TCC features several energy-saving technologies with the goal of being one of the most eco-conscious automobile testing laboratories in the world.
Aspects of the TCC that earned LEED recognition include:
- Use of energy-conserving insulation, increased ventilation and thermal comfort design elements help reduce energy resources needed to keep the interior climate optimal
- Low-emitting materials used throughout the facility
- Solar array that features 1,750, 430-kilowatt panels that help reduce energy costs by one-third
- Extensive use of energy efficient fluorescent lighting with motion sensors and electronic time schedule management
- Use of advanced climate control management technologies utilizing state-of-the-art HVAC units equipped with economizers and ceiling fans helping to lower energy costs and improve airflow
- Innovative wastewater technologies, use of low-flow water fixtures with no-touch sensors, and others that help to reduce water usage by more than 26 percent
- On-site renewable energy sources and optimized performance that help to contribute to an increase in efficiency and energy cost savings of approximately 35 percent
Volkswagen Group Test Center California is a state-of-the-art development center that features an emissions test laboratory, parts analysis capabilities, a vehicle workshop with more than 16 in-ground lifts, and a dealer service and training center. In addition, the facility features extensive office and meeting areas to accommodate approximately 50 TCC team members and more than 300 Volkswagen Group engineers and partners who make the trip to Oxnard each year to conduct a myriad of testing projects.
The facility supports several Volkswagen Group brands including Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Bentley, and Bugatti.
About U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. More information on USGBC can be found at www.usgbc.org.
About Volkswagen Group Test Center California
Volkswagen Group's Test Center California (TCC) is located in Oxnard, California and serves as the Group's only emission test laboratory in North America. The largest technical center of its kind for the Volkswagen Group outside of Germany, the TCC plays a pivotal role in the product development food chain, acting as the final stop for many products before they are approved for production. Work at the TCC is focused on powertrain product development, governmental compliance and field quality testing. Established in 1990 in Westlake Village, California, today the TCC has grown to more than 50 engineers and technology experts based at a new 65,500 square foot facility in Oxnard.
About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world's leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. VWGoA operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. VWGoA brings vehicles to the U.S. that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and environmentally sound automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has approximately 5,900 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a 950-strong independent dealer network.