Motor Co., Inc. today announced that its regional parts distribution
centers in Gresham, Oregon, and Davenport, Iowa, each have earned a U.S.
Star award for energy-efficient operations. The Oregon and Iowa
parts centers join two Honda automobile manufacturing plants in Ohio
that recently received Energy Star recognition from the U.S. EPA.
The Gresham facility, which in 1999 became the first mixed-used
industrial building in America to earn LEED
Gold certification from the U.S.
Green Building Council, is one of eleven LEED-certified Honda "green
buildings" in North America. The 211,000 -square-foot facility was
upgraded to LEED-Platinum status in 2008, the first building in the U.S.
automotive industry to reach platinum status
The Davenport, Iowa facility now utilizes more energy-efficient T8 lamps
in office areas and T5 lamps with motion sensors in the warehouse.
Exterior lighting is controlled by a state-of-the-art digital lighting
management system connected to the building automation system. Since the
completion of these upgrades, annual energy consumption at the
291,600-square-foot facility has been reduced by more than 922,000 kWh,
or 31 percent, from previous levels, cutting yearly CO2
emissions by an estimated 766 metric tons.
Employing a number of innovative design features including rainwater
harvesting, passive heating, and an air-conditioning system that can be
driven by roof-mounted wind turbines, the Gresham facility also has an
east-west orientation to reduce solar loading, radiant in-floor heating,
and sensor-controlled lighting and air-conditioning systems that turn
themselves off when people are absent. Recycled and recyclable materials
are used throughout the facility. Chair seats are made from recycled
seatbelts; conference table tops from crushed sunflower seeds; flooring
from recycled automobile tires; and wallpaper from recycled telephone
Since receiving LEED-Platinum certification in 2008, Honda has completed
several projects to further reduce energy consumption at the Gresham
facility. These include more energy-efficient, sensor-activated
warehouse lighting; zone lighting controls in the office area; a
sub-metering electricity monitoring system to track energy consumption
in the warehouse, office, training center and mechanical equipment
areas; and intelligent control of exterior lighting. Since 2008, average
yearly energy consumption at the facility has been reduced by 384,000
kilowatt-hours (kWh) for a total reduction in CO2 emissions
of approximately 150 metric tons over the past five years.
More than 2,200 individuals have toured the facility since 2002,
including visitors from the Harvard Business School, the U.S. Department
of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and General Services
Administration, and various private companies, and from as far away as
Japan, China and India.
Over the past two decades, Honda has been incorporating sustainable
concepts into facility construction and operation, including the use of
locally harvested and manufactured construction materials, cool roofs,
dual-paned glass, high-recycled-content materials, and energy-efficient
lighting. In 2011, Honda certified three new facilities under the U.S.
and Canada Green Building Councils' Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) program. Honda now has 11 LEED-certified
green buildings in North America, the most of any automaker operating in
the region. Click
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Honda Environmental Leadership
Honda is a leader in the development of leading-edge technologies to
improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Honda has led the Union
of Concerned Scientists (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle
environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has topped the
list of America's greenest vehicles from the American
Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for eleven out of
the past twelve years.
In 2006, Honda became the first automaker to announce voluntary CO2
emissions reduction targets for its global fleet of automobile,
powersports and power equipment products and its global network of
manufacturing plants. Today, the company is striving for even greater
reductions in CO2 emissions that contribute to global climate change,
while also working to minimize waste, water use and the total
environmental footprint of its operations worldwide.
"Our Gresham facility has long been at the forefront of Honda's 'green
building' initiatives in the U.S., and it is breaking new ground again
as one of the first non-manufacturing Honda facilities in America to
earn an Energy Star award," said Garth Sellers, corporate manager of
national facility services at American Honda Motor Co, Inc. "These
awards reflect positively on Honda's longstanding effort to reduce the
environmental impact of our business operations in North America."
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