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Vandermeer Toyota celebrates Earth Week with First LEED® Green Building certification in Cobourg

Apr 24, 2014

COBOURG, ON. (April 24, 2014) - This year's Earth Week promises to be extra special for Vandermeer Toyota.

One year after opening a new 22,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility, Vandermeer Toyota is certified as an official Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building.

"Toyota is extremely proud to have its name on the first LEED®-certified facility in the community of Cobourg," said Larry Hutchinson, Vice President, Sales, Toyota Canada Inc. "Vandermeer Toyota joins a growing list of Toyota and Lexus dealerships across Canada that have achieved this important designation, demonstrating the ability to meet the most stringent of environmental standards."

Hank Vandermeer, Dealer Principal of Vandermeer Toyota, added: "From the moment we decided to move to a new and larger site, we were committed to making green innovation the essence of the facility. We strove to attain a silver LEED® certification and managed to achieve the Gold standard. We are ecstatic to be giving the people of Cobourg a building that puts our community at the leading edge of environmental sustainability."

The dealership, located at 959 Division Street in Cobourg, is the fourth Toyota Dealership in Canada to receive the designation. It was achieved through a wide array of environmentally-friendly features, including:

  • 28% of building materials being made of recycled content, and 40% of the materials sourced regionally;
  • 83% of construction waste being diverted from landfill;
  • 79% savings of internal potable water use and 100% externally, partly attributable to introducing native and drought-tolerant plant species;
  • Sewage conveyance (i.e. toilets and urinals) water savings of 98.5% by using a cistern to capture and use rain water;
  • 93% of the construction wood being certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC);
  • Energy cost savings of 45% and consumption savings of 42%, partially achieved through the use of solar panels and skylights;
  • Best practices on construction methods, such as an emphasis on pollution prevention;
  • Maintaining indoor air quality with a special monitoring system; and,
  • Using environmentally preferred refrigerants and low-emitting materials throughout the building, and initiating a green housekeeping program.

With 22 employees, Vandermeer Toyota has been serving customers in Cobourg for the past 26 years.

Customers can enjoy the new facility's nine service bays, six-vehicle drive-thru reception, eight-car showroom, and four Toyota Touch bays.

The dealership is offering LEED® tours to anyone who is interested. For more information about the tours, please visit

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