BMW’s Associate Family Health Center Receives Silver LEED Certification.
BMW Manufacturing received Silver Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) certification program.
BMW’s Associate Family Health Center (AFHC) is adjacent to the company’s U.S. manufacturing facility, providing health and wellness services to associates and their families. The center, a 25,000-square-foot facility, is operated by Premise Health and provides primary care services, dental, vision, occupational health/physical therapy, and also features an on-site pharmacy.
“This project offers our Associates a sustainably-improved facility with best-in-class building strategies and practices that perfectly complement the best-in-class health programs delivered at the Associate Family Health Center”, said Johannes Trauth, Vice President of Human Resources, BMW Manufacturing Co.
“As a leading manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, BMW is now a premier benchmark for high-performance green buildings,” said, Douglas K. Rackley, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and 2015 Board Chair for the US Green Building Council, South Carolina Chapter.
Design and construction of the AFHC was completed in partnership with Batson Associates – Greenville, SC (Architectural Firm), Roebuck Buildings Co., Inc. – Roebuck, SC (General Contractor) and Crozier Architecture – Greenville, SC (LEED Consultant).
Notable LEED points were earned for:
- Alternative Transportation / Bicycle Storage & Changing Rooms
- Alternative Transportation / Low-Emitting and Fuel Efficient Vehicles – 5% of parking spaces have been reserved for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles.
- Open Space – 20% of the site is reserved, vegetative open space.
- Stormwater Management – The storm water retention capability reduces the rate of water flow from the undeveloped site conditions.
- Heat Island Effect – Roofing materials with a solar reflectance index (SRI) of 101 were installed to reflect heat away from the building and site, thus reducing air conditioning load.
- Water Efficient Landscape – Native and adaptive plants were selected and incorporated into the landscape reducing the need for a permanent irrigation system by 85%.
- Water Use Reduction – installation of high-efficiency plumbing fixtures is projected to contribute to a 45% water reduction versus traditional fixtures.
- Optimize Energy Performance – An additional 14.6% in energy savings is projected above a base line, code-compliant building. BMW reduced its contribution to ozone depletion by utilizing systems that do not use CFC-based refrigerants, HCFCs, or halons.
- Green Power – 70% of the building’s projected energy is provided from renewable sources for the first two years of operation.
- Construction Waste Management – 82% of construction debris generated by the project were diverted from local landfills and recycled into new products.
- Recycled Content – Post-consumer and pre-consumer products represent 21% of the cost of products used in the construction of the facility.
- Regional Materials – 31% of the building materials were manufactured and harvested, mined or recovered within 500 miles of the site.
- Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring – A permanent carbon dioxide (CO2) monitoring system has been installed throughout the building providing feedback on space ventilation performance.
- Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control – Installation of MERV 13 HVAC filters, 6’ long walk off mats at building entrances, and chemical isolation through building construction minimizes the exposure of hazardous particulates and chemical pollutants to building occupants.
- Low-Emitting Materials – Low or no-VOC products were installed throughout the building.
Since 2003, BMW’s Plant Spartanburg has used methane gas from a local landfill to cogenerate electrical power and heat water. It provides approximately 50% of the plant’s total energy requirements. Implementation of the landfill gas program reduces CO2 emissions by 92,000 tons per year. This is up from 65,000 tons previously reported for the four turbines operating 85% of the time. To date, the project has saved BMW an annual average of $7 million in energy costs. The plant also operates a hydrogen fuel cell material handling fleet of fleet of more than 350 pieces of equipment, making it the largest hydrogen fuel-cell fleet in the world.