Honda of Canada Manufacturing (HCM) in Alliston, Ontario is one of the first auto assembly plants in North America to acquire ISO 14001 certification, an international standard for environmental management. HCM monitors the program to ensure current activities conform to the ISO standard. HCM recycles 99% of its production waste. No waste goes to landfill.
Our environmental commitment goes beyond automobiles. Introducing the Honda Campus.
There's an old saying, "If you're going to talk the talk, you've got to walk the walk." And if you were to take a walk around the Honda Campus in Markham, Ontario, you'd realize that our commitment to protecting and sustaining the Canadian environment is something we're very serious about.
The Honda campus features 3 buildings: a four-storey, 138,000-square-foot head office building; a 71,000-square-foot technical centre for research and development, engineering and training; and a 224,000-square-foot parts distribution centre. Each building designed to meet strict LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. The head office building has been certified as LEED® Gold.
Getting LEED certification requires meticulous planning, dedication and execution. Here are just a few of the innovations at our new campus:
- The buildings are oriented on the grounds to optimize energy performance. So less heat in winter and less air conditioning in summer are required.
- Heating comes from underneath a raised floor to provide more efficient distribution and reduce energy consumption.
- The lighting system automatically adjusts according to how much natural light is already present in the building. It also turns off if no one is working on the floor.
- Rain water that runs off the warehouse roof is stored underground for use in irrigation.
- Rain water from parking lots is drained through bio filters before being released to public sewer systems.
- 50% of the wood used in construction came from sustainable sources.
- Over 8,000 plants, shrubs and trees have been planted.