Honda Becomes First Ohio Company to Achieve Top Environmental Certification

July 26, 2006
RAYMOND, OH (July 13, 2006) /PRNewswire/ -The United States Green Building Council presented Honda R&D Americas Inc. (HRA) with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification—marking the first time this certification has been awarded in the state of Ohio. The 14,400-square-foot central plant facility in Raymond, OH, supplies the multi-building HRAOhioCenter with highly efficient utilities and has several innovative sustainable concepts incorporated into the construction and operation of the facility.

Honda's facility uses water and energy conservation systems as well as emissions reducing tactics. One application that helped the building achieve Gold certification is an air conditioning system that generates cool air using an ice chilling system that is a more efficient and less costly, and has the capacity to cool additional buildings in the future. In addition to energy savings, the central plant employs emissions-reducing tactics. The emergency generator, for example, is operated using bio-diesel, a plant-based renewable fuel source, which reduces emissions up to 75 percent when compared to mineral-based diesel.

"Every year we introduce new Honda and Acura models that are designed and engineered to reduce emissions and fuel consumption and to eliminate waste in the production process," said Hirohide Ikeno, president of Honda R&D Americas. "Building green facilities is another important part of Honda's environmental commitment and our effort to be a company that society wants to exist."

HRA announced in March of 2006 that it will be building a new Acura Design Studio in Torrance, CA. This building will also be constructed as a certified green facility.U.S.GreenBuilding Council and LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to advance buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Driving its mission to transform the built environment is the Council's LEED Green Building Rating Systems™, which is now accessible online, and supported by a robust LEED Workshop program and LEED Professional Accreditation™ program. The LEED Rating System is a voluntary building certification program that defines high-performance green buildings, which are more environmentally responsible, healthier, and more profitable structures. LEED serves as a design guideline for green building and offers third party validation of a building's green features. LEED evaluates buildings in the following areas: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy & atmosphere; materials & resources; and indoor environmental quality. Within these credit areas, points are available, and the level of a building's certification depends on the number of points a project earns. There are four progressive levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Honda R&D AmericasHonda R&D Americas began its operations in the United States in 1975 with local market research activities and has steadily grown its capabilities over the past 30 years to include all aspects of new vehicle design and development. Recent development efforts include trend-setting products like the Acura MDX and TL sedan, Honda Ridgeline, Pilot and Element, and the all-new Civic Coupe and Civic Si.The company operates 10 major facilities in North America with more than 1,300 designers, engineers and support personnel engaged in the development of Honda and Acura passenger cars, motorcycles and power equipment products. Its main centers of operation include the Los AngelesCenter (Torrance, CA), which is responsible for market research, concept development and styling design; the OhioCenter (Raymond, OH) responsible for complete product development, testing and support of North American supplier and manufacturing operations; as well as two dynamic test facilities in Cantil, CA, and East Liberty, OH.

Source: American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

For more information, contact Ed Miller, Corporate Affairs, (937) 644-7714, or Alicia Jones, Corporate Affairs, (310) 781-6428, both of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

Sponsored Recommendations

An All-Star Team Reimagines the Historic Fulton Fish Market

The 1907 Tin Building travels seaward to its now Pier 17 location as Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s latest culinary endeavor, carried by fellow New Yorkers designers Roman and Williams...

ASID Report Examines the Rise of Adaptive Reuse

Read on to see which CRE markets are benefiting and how are they riding the renovation wave.

The November IG Takeover: CRÈME Architecture & Design

Get to know founder Jun Aizaki and learn how you can host a takeover of your own.

The 2023 i+s Editors’ Holiday Gift Guide

It's back! Check out some of our editors' must-have gifts this holiday season, and come back throughout December for more.

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of I+S Design, create an account today!