Dealership pursues LEED® Gold certification with systems that minimize energy and water use, plus education program that encourages sustainable business practices
[STOUFFVILLE, ONTARIO] – Economic development and environmental sustainability go hand in hand, as proven by the newest Toyota dealership in Canada. Stouffville Toyota today held the official grand opening of its new $11-million, state-of-the-art facility. Employing 25 and featuring a 9,300 sq-ft showroom and 14 service bays, plus extensive environmental building systems, the dealership is currently pursuing Gold Certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System.
Situated in the environmentally sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine, the dealership was designed around three key objectives: creating a customer-focused dealership, designing a sustainable facility and integrating new programs to foster environmental awareness within the community. As a result, Stouffville Toyota is expected to achieve remarkable sustainability performance, including a reduction in energy costs of more than 70% and a reduction in fresh water consumption of more than 80% compared to similar facilities.
Key environmental features at Stouffville Toyota include:
- Extensive use of recycled materials (more than 25% by cost);
- Extensive use of regionally-sourced materials (more than 38% by cost);
- Solar panel trackers and a planned electric vehicle recharging station highlight the dealership’s on-site renewable energy system;
- A rainwater harvesting system reduces the use of municipal water;
- A roof finished in light-reflective materials helps reduce energy demands in summer months;
- Use of FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified products, ensuring that wood products came from sustainably grown forests;
- 117 tons of waste diverted from landfill during building construction;
- A design that maximizes use of natural lighting to reduce overall energy costs;
- And an in-floor heating system fed by state of the art boilers that are 95% efficient.
In addition, Stouffville Toyota will conduct a green building education program that will include guided tours of the facility. This aims to teach visitors about the sustainable technology used at the dealership, and promote the importance of sustainable businesses and lifestyles.
“We’re proud of what we have accomplished with Stouffville Toyota, and hope that we can lead by example to promote sustainable business and lifestyles choices,” said Kevin Baxter, Dealer Principal of Stouffville Toyota. “We look forward to welcoming the local communities to our new home.”
“At Toyota, commitment to the environment is an integral part of our DNA, and the driving force behind our sustainable mobility initiatives and corporate and dealership operations nationwide,” said Stephen Beatty, Managing Director and Chief Environmental Officer at Toyota Canada. “We congratulate Stouffville Toyota on its grand opening and its pursuit of LEED® Gold Certification, and wish the dealership every success within the community.”
As Toyota strives to lead a transition to sustainable mobility, vehicles such as the Prius Plug-in Hybrid will play an important role. But beyond sustainable mobility alone, Toyota also recognizes the need to achieve harmony between industry and the environment - Canadian Toyota dealerships like Stouffville Toyota are part of these efforts. Toyota Canada has also achieved ISO 14001 certification across facilities operating in Canada, diverting 91% of waste from landfill at the company’s Canadian head office facility. Toyota Canada has also partnered with like-minded organizations such as Earth Day Canada and Evergreen to advance corporate green initiatives.
For more information on Toyota’s environmental initiatives, please visit toyota.ca/environment.
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars, SUVs and trucks, and Toyota Industrial Equipment. TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver.
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