November 8, 2007

Honda to double “green” buildings in U.S. next year

Chicago, Illinois – American Honda Motor Company has announced that has undertaken a series of new “green” building initiatives as part of its effort to further reduce the environmental impact of its operations and products throughout North America. The company will certify two new facilities to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards in its 2009 fiscal year.

Honda R&D America’s Acura Design Studio in Torrance, California and American Honda’s Midwestern Consolidation Center in Troy, Ohio will be certified LEED buildings, targeted at a Gold rating. The company has two existing LEED-Gold buildings in Raymond, Ohio and Gresham, Oregon. It will seek to recertify its Oregon facility to LEED-EB (Existing Building) standards to ensure the centre continues to operate in an energy-efficient manner. The Gresham facility was the first mixed-use industrial building in the U.S. to earn LEED-Gold certification.

The facilities in California and Ohio share common sustainable features, including highly reflective roof and dual-paned windows to reduce solar heat gain, extensive use of recycled and recyclable materials in the building envelope and interior, energy-efficient light fixtures with motion sensors, diversion of construction waste from landfills to recycling centres, and selection of suppliers based on their use of recycled content and proximity to the job site. The Acura Design Studio also uses water reclaimed from a nearby sewage treatment plant to flush toilets and irrigate the grounds.

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