Designed according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver criteria, the 300,000-square-foot facility includes a passive solar wall, energy efficient lighting and many other features. Engines built and tested here incorporate the most modern environmental technologies to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise.
Among other elements, the new facility will feature:
- A passive solar wall that pre-heats the surrounding air and delivers it to the air handling system
- Energy efficient lighting which maximizes the use of natural light
- A highly reflective roof to reduce heat island effects
- Systems allowing water consumption to be cut by 40%
- Landscaping with drought-resistant native plants, eliminating the need for an irrigation system
- Steel, concrete, carpets and other building elements made with recycled material
- Low-emitting construction materials which contain zero- and low-volatile organic compounds (VOCs), resulting in improved indoor air quality.