Fiat Chrysler announces its new body shop at the Belvidere Assembly Plant has received the highest environmental award: the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Green Building System certification, or LEED.
The ward is administered by the United States Green Building Council, and uses a comprehensive system to define, measure and validate green buildings. Certification in the national recognition program is based on strict standards in five key areas: site planning, water management, energy, material use and indoor environmental quality.
The $700 million, 638,000-square foot body shop accommodates the Dodge Dart, which is the first vehicle produced highlighting the partnership between Fiat and Chrysler. The Belvidere facility also builds the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot.
During construction, 95% of construction waste, which amounts to 14,681 tons, was recycled and diverted from landfills. 43% of the new building materials contained recycled content, which reduced the environmental impact from extracting and processing virgin materials. Energy usage at the new facility was substantially reduced with total savings amounting to over $3 million per year.