Security Dodge (a Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram dealership) is the first auto dealership in the State to be registered with the USGBC, shooting for LEED Gold certification. To achieve Gold certification status, Security Dodge’s major renovation will make extensive use of recycled and energy-saving materials. The landscape itself will consist of native plants, trees and grasses that are drought and disease-resistant. The roof will be made of materials that reflect 90 percent of the sun’s heat energy.
The distinctive entryway will use Low-E glass and shades the showroom from direct sunlight. Controlled daylighting will be used rather than incandescent and standard fluorescent lights to further reduce energy use.
“Once we decided to do a green dealership, we decided to stretch the envelope and go for the Gold,” said Gabe Vigorito, owner of Security Dodge. “We hope to play a leadership role in building environmental awareness in the community and to be a place where customers come to learn about the automotive advances to improve environmental quality.”