GM’s China Advanced Technical Center (ATC) located in Shanghai, was awarded Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The program is globally recognized for its process that uses common standards to define “green buildings.” It is the most widely used green building program across the globe.
To earn this certification, the ATC implemented a series of green building best practices and technologies:
- Interior and exterior lighting designed to reduce light pollution
- Paving and roofing materials to reduce the heat island effect
- Water use designed to save up to 30 percent of water used
- Optimizing 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
GM received this award by implementing green building technologies and practices such as: interior and exterior lighting design to reduce light pollution, water use design to save up to 30% of water used, the use of recycled and regional material content for construction, and use of low-emitting materials.
The ATC is China’s most advanced automotive technical development center and continually helps create a healthier environment for the people of China.
The GM International Operations and GM China Headquarters in Shanghai, which are adjacent to the ATC, were awarded LEED Gold Certification in December 2010. GM’s home in China was recognized for its high level of energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design and construction.