Honda Opens 'Green' Facility in Oregon
Gresham, OR - American Honda officially opened its unique "green" facility, a 212,888 sq. ft. warehouse, training center and zone office, designed and constructed with recycled, recyclable and sustainable building materials. American Honda's Northwest Regional Facility, which will supply Honda parts to nine Western states, utilizes environmentally friendly products in virtually every aspect of the building's design, construction and operation - from its lighting, heating, flooring, bathroom tiles and wall finishes to exterior landscaping. The facility was opened at a ceremony attended by local elected officials, members of Oregon's environmental community, American Honda senior executives and other guests.
American Honda relied heavily on the expertise of a number of Portland-based environmental organizations and government entities for the facility's sustainable development design, construction and operation. These local experts included Portland Energy Conservation, Inc., Portland General Electric, the city of Gresham and other local design, construction and engineering firms, all of whom collaborated closely with American Honda to build the Gresham facility. More than 20% of all the materials used to construct the Gresham facility come from within a 500-mile radius of the site.
Some of the innovative, sustainable products used in Honda's Northwest Regional Facility include:
• A rainwater collection system that gathers accumulated rainwater on the roof and funnels it into a 90,000-gallon storage tank for on-site use.
This "gray water" will irrigate the facility's landscaping and provide water for toilets.
• Hallway flooring is made from recycled automobile tires and office flooring is made from 100% recycled and recyclable carpet fiber and backing.
• Conference room wall coverings are made from recycled telephone books and conference room tabletops made from compressed sunflower seeds.
Honda is also working closely with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to receive a LEED Gold Certification, the USGBC's second highest certification level (platinum being highest) for the Gresham facility's environmentally friendly design, construction and operation.
The USGBC is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, and profitable and healthy places to live and work. Throughout Honda's history, the company has consistently developed products that pollute less, use less gasoline and that people want to use and enjoy.