Rockwall Toyota Cheers!

The City of Rockwall is the county seat of Rockwall County, Texas.  Rockwall County is the smallest county in the state.  Don’t let Rockwall fool you.  There is a lot gong on in this city and in this county, which lies just east of Dallas-Fort Worth.  In fact, Rockwall County is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.When Rockwall County began to expand, so did the local governance’s view of the future.  Concerned citizens like the quality of life in Rockwall.  When Rockwallians considered growth, they first looked to the future.  Development means change but as long as change is in the cards, it had to be positive change, change with a future.Planning boards in Rockwall have embraced the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system as a viable means to evaluate projects and ensure a healthy working and living environment in the fast-growing county and city.  As long as Rockwall was going to change, it was going to do it right!When Rockwall Toyota looked at its business plan, change was needed.  The responsible neighbor set about designing the first Gold certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) dealership in the world.  The commitment has been enthusiastically endorsed by Toyota who has referenced the facility in its national marketing media.The Gold rated dealership is a great place to work and a great place for customers to visit.  The minute customers come on site, they realize something is different.  From the waterless urinals to the floor mats of recycled and sustainable products, no green detail has been overlooked.Lobby cabinets are made of recycled agricultural waste, lights only turn on when the room is in use, electronic water controls regulate every faucet and solar power is used wherever possible.  Details?  The tile accents are made from recycled glass bottles!What LEED® certification taught Rockwall Toyota is that if you are serious about sustainability, think outside the box.  Owners need to become proactive in the design stages and then follow through as the construction take space.  When developers are thinking green and looking for sustainable enhancements, LEED® can help, but there are many regional considerations that can increase ratings.

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