Stouffville Toyota is the first LEED GOLD automotive retail facility in Canada. With the concept of sustainability as a driving theme, the project followed an integrated design process. This collaborative approach is one that integrates people, systems and practices and brings together the owner group, contractor and architect in a process that leverages the expertise of all the participants to achieve the best results.
The dealership, located in the environmentally sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine, incorporated a number of special design initiatives to achieve LEED GOLD, including: water saving cisterns, energy efficient photovoltaics, low-VOC finishes and sustainable construction materials. The building enclosure was designed to achieve durability and longevity, including the use of precast panels in the shop areas, and high performance TPO membrane roofing.
As one of first auto dealerships in Canada to pursue LEED, Stouffville Toyota has been educating customers and staff from the start. The building has a variety of educational components, including building tours of sustainable measures; a display of the radiant piping; a presentation on the green features running continuously in the lounge; and a brochure available to all visitors. Additionally, the dealership is actively promoting green design and operations – radio advertisements, display boards and public events (such as the ground breaking ceremony and grand opening) emphasize sustainability at every opportunity.