IN 2008 WE DECIDED OUR OLD STORE IN HANOVER PARK WASN’T "WINNING UGLY" ANYMORE. WE DECIDED TO TEAR IT DOWN AND REBUILD IT FROM THE GROUND UP. ALWAYS BEING CONCERNED ABOUT OUR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, WE ASKED OURSELVES JUST HOW GREEN COULD A TIRE STORE BE? AS YOU’LL SEE BELOW, VERY GREEN!! WE CHALLENGE ANY AUTO SHOP IN THE WORLD TO MATCH THE STEPS WE TOOK IN DEVELOPING WHAT WE BELIEVE IS "THE WORLD’S GREENEST TIRE STORE".
GROUND NEWSPAPER INSULATION
The interior showroom walls were insulated using recycled newspapers that had been ground to a pulp and sprayed between the joists.
Over 75% of the waste from our construction project was recycled.
We used limestone based tile in our offices that contains post-consumer and pre-consumer content, adhesives that are low VOC, and the product is composed of 85% limestone which is an abundant natural resource.
WE RECYCLED OUR OLD BUILDING
During demolition we recycled 79% of our old building. We sent all metal to a recycler, mulched the wood, and crushed the bricks and concrete on-site to use as the gravel base of our parking lot and building foundation.
We used a special concrete mixture that contains 20% yash,a coal combustion byproduct. Flyash concrete is more durable than standard concrete and is an environmentally sound disposal method for this harmful substance.
Our property had undisturbed black topsoil that was 4 feet deep in places. We saved it and used it in our landscaped bio-swale.
This property was the site of a gas station in the 1970’s which had leaking underground storage tanks. We remediated the contaminated soil helping to protect groundwater resources.
We provided preferred parking spots for hybrids, carpoolers, & electric cars.
The City of Hanover Park requires all developments to have 25% of it’s footprint reserved as green space. By installing a green roof we exceeded the city’s requirement and achieved 29% green space coverage.
We required all delivery trucks to be turned off while unloading their cargo.
GEOTHERMAL HEATING AND COOLING
We tapped this free resource by installing a geothermal heat pump that exchanges heat with the ground. We drilled 70 foot wells under the parking lot and ran copper tubing into the wells. The heat pump circulates freon through the tubes, pulling heat from the ground in the winter, and transferring heat into the ground during the summer.
WASTE HEAT RECAPTURE
The heat that our air compressor generates is captured and vented into the shop during the winter and vented out of the building during the summer.
The entire building is heavily insulated. We used 6 inches of foam insulation on the roof (R30 equivalent),foam filled all the masonry walls, and even the overhead garage doors have extra thick insulated panels to reduce heat loss.
All garage doors are set to initially open to only 7 feet thus minimizing heat loss.
The landscaped areas of the property are planted with native perennial prairie plants that are drought resistant and genetically predisposed to our climate. Also, all of the trees are locally native species.
We installed a green roof over the showroom to reduce water run-off and provide additional insulation. The plants used are called sedum which are very hardy and similar to cactus in the way they operate.
We used the most water conserving toilets, urinals and faucets available on the market to reduce water consumption.
Our parking lot was designed to make rainwater flow into a Bio-Swale so we wouldn’t have to install an irrigation system. The Bio-Swale also helps lter contaminants from the water, cleaning it before it runs into the sewer system.
We installed 12 solar panels capable of generating 2.2 kilowatts per hour on the south face of our building. These "bi-facial" solar panels are designed to use light from the sun, but can also capture reflected light from inside the building. These solar panels also let 10% of the sunlight pass through into the building, reducing our lighting needs. The DC juice from these panels is sent to an inverter on the wall in our customer waiting area where it is converted to AC power and used to power our building or else it is fed into the grid.
GRID-TIED ELECTRICAL GENERATION
The solar panels send electricity to the grid when we produce more electricity than we consume, helping to offset demand during peak electric demand.
For any additional electricity we need for this store, we use Renewable Energy Credits (REC’s) to purchase electricity created by wind farms in western Illinois. We also use REC’s at all of our other stores.
ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTING
All light bulbs in the building are either florescent or LED, even in our exit signs and the Suburban Tire sign above the front door.