May 22, 2013

GM China Advanced Technical Center receives LEED Silver Certification

The GM China Advanced Technical Center (ATC) in Shanghai has been awarded Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) program.

The LEED certification program is a globally recognised process that uses common standards to define 'green buildings'. Its goal is to support the design and construction of buildings that reduce or eliminate their impact on the environment and promote sustainable design and construction practices.

The ATC includes research and development, advanced design, vehicle engineering, powertrain engineering and telematics laboratories. The first phase opened in September 2011 and the second phase in November 2012.

The ATC has adopted a series of green building best practices and technologies. They include:
> Interior and exterior lighting design to reduce light pollution
> Paving and roofing materials to reduce the heat island effect
> Water use design to save up to 30 per cent of water used
> Optimising energy usage with energy efficient strategies for glazing, lighting and HVAC
> Enhanced refrigerant material usage
> Use of recycled and regional material content for construction
> Increased building air ventilation
> Use of low-emitting materials such as adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and carpets
> Indoor chemical pollution control
> Controllability of lighting for energy savings

"As China's most advanced automotive technical development center, the ATC has an opportunity to lead the way in protecting the environment," said Bob Socia, GM China President and Chief Country Operations Officer for China, India and ASEAN. "This is in line with our commitment to help create a greener, safer and healthier community for the people of China."


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