Volkswagen Group Test Center California Earns LEED Certification
Development Lab Becomes One of the Most Energy-Efficient Facilities
of Its Kind Nationally
OXNARD, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/25/13 -- 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(R)) 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
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.
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