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GRESHAM, OR-Thanks to a host of local firms, American Honda officially opened its “green” regional parts warehouse in Gresham this week. The 212,888 sq. ft. warehouse, training center and zone office was designed and constructed with recycled, recyclable and sustainable building materials.

The facility utilizes environmentally friendly products in many aspects of the building’s design, construction and operation — from its lighting, heating, flooring, bathroom tiles and wall finishes to exterior landscaping. To accomplish the task, Honda says it relied heavily on the expertise of a number of Portland-based environmental organizations and government entities.

These local firms included Portland Energy Conservation, Inc., Portland General Electric, the city of Gresham and other local design, construction and engineering firms, all of whom collaborated to build the 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 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 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.

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