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August 2006

 

Honda R&D achieves top environmental certification

The United States Green Building Council presented Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) with the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification ever awarded in the state of Ohio.

The plant in Raymond, Ohio supplies the multi-building HRA Ohio Center with highly efficient utilities and has several 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 of the applications that helped the building achieve Gold certification is an air conditioning system that generates cool air using an ice chilling system that is 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. One example is their emergency generator is operated using bio-diesel which reduces emissions up to 75 percent when compared to mineral-based diesel.

HRA announced that it will build a new Acura Design Studio in Torrance, California. This facility will also be constructed as a certified green facility.


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