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Nissan Headquarters
One Nissan Way
Franklin, TN 37067
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Located 10 miles south of downtown Nashville, the Nissan Americas corporate headquarters includes a 10-story building with 460,000 square feet of office space and an adjacent four-level, 1,135-space parking garage with an attached fitness center. Video conferencing centers and large, alternating atriums on each of the building's nine main floors encourage cross-functional collaboration among employees. The building is designed to be environmentally sensitive, with features including exterior sunshades to reduce building solar load and an interior lighting management system for energy savings. The construction of the new campus was done in partnership with architects Gresham, Smith and Partners, engineers IC Thomason, and construction firm Skanska U.S.A. Nissan incorporated the following strategies to achieve superior energy performance and minimize its environmental impact.  

 

Wetlands Restoration

Nissan restored a 2.5-acre wetlands located on the 50-acre Nissan Americas campus in the Cool Springs area of Franklin, TN. The wetlands feature more than 50,000 native Middle Tennessee plants. The restoration process began in summer 2007 and is restoring the natural balance to the area while enhancing biodiversity and natural beauty. The area is fed by an underground spring and rainwater run-off from a detention pond located on the site. Water quality will be improved as water passes through the wetlands.

Heating and Cooling Efficiency
Each floor of Nissan Americas features raised flooring to allow for an under-floor heating and cooling system. Each employee can adjust the ventilation in his or her own work space, reducing energy use. Under-floor cooling also works with the air's natural tendency to flow upward as it warms. Traditional building HVAC located in the ceiling forces cool air downward, which requires more energy to cool the office space than the under-floor system. Additionally, the Nissan Americas building chiller plant is controlled by a very efficient Hartman control system.

Low-emissivity (Low-E) Glass
Exterior glass on Nissan Americas is Low-E glass. This specially coated glass blocks a significant amount of radiant heat transfer without dramatically reducing the daylighting capacity and lowers the total heat flow. The effects are that in the summer, warm air is blocked from entering the building and in the winter, warm air is kept inside.

Light Harvesting

Inside Nissan Americas, light fixtures automatically adjust based on the level of natural light entering the building. As the level of natural light increases in the building, artificial lighting dims or turns off, reducing the amount of energy used.

Sunshades
A key element of the building's energy efficiency is a sunshade system. Designed to take advantage of the sun's position in every season, the louver system on every floor reduces the solar load on the building in the summer while strategically retaining some in the winter.

Runoff Water Collection System
Nissan Americas features a runoff water collection system. Two detention ponds collect water run-off and direct it into an irrigation pond. This water is used for on-site irrigation and feeds into the adjacent wetlands. During periods of drought, a well replenishes the pond. The irrigation system operates in the morning and evening.

Green Roof System
Topping off the building is the green roof system, which incorporates six varieties of low-growing, creeping red sedum covering about 7,500 square feet. These plants act as insulation, helping to reduce energy consumption.

In 2006, Nissan made the commitment to become an ENERGY STAR partner. In so doing, the company committed to three principle actions:

Earning the ENERGY STAR for Nissan's new North American corporate headquarters completes another step towards its goal of reducing energy use in all of its facilities. 

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Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Nissan North America, Inc. or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
Nissan North America, Inc.

Property Manager:*
N/A

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2009 (79)
2010 (86)
2011 (88)
2014 (78)
2015 (77)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 548338 sf

Year Constructed: 2008

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions