Toyota of Corvallis, in the US is to soon be the world's first Certified Net Zero Energy vehicle Dealership.
Over the next year, Gensler, the architect of the new building will monitor data collection to help ensure this aim becomes a reality. Also, the building was to adhere to LEED Platinum standards, recognized by the US Green Building Council.
Toyota of Corvallis will join a few other Toyota dealerships across the United States with this Platinum certification.
Net Zero Energy basically means that the building has produced more energy than it has actually used by the end of the year. Toyota of Corvallis will use solar energy via photovoltaic panels, and will return the unused energy into the local power grid.
Other important aspects of the project include water harvesting for irrigation, floor heating, and geothermal heating.
Steve Haag, the Regional Sales Manager presented Toyota of Corvallis owners, Steve and Barbara Jackson with a famous Japanese Katana sword as part of the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Toyota of Corvallis started selling vehicles in 1970 as John & Phil's Toyota. When Phil Doud, the owner decided to retire in 2013, Steve and his wife Barbara bought the dealership. Later, in 2014, construction of the new facility began.