The Honda Canada Headquarters in Markham, Ontario, just received the gold star of green buildings. The headquarters has earned LEED-NC (New Construction) Gold certification for its design and construction.
The headquarters campus, designed by the joint venture team of HOK / ZAS Architects, brings together Honda Canada’s head office building, technical centre, and parts distribution centre. The entire complex uses 33 per cent less energy than a similar building designed to code and 44 per cent less water for plumbing fixtures than a typical office building. Over 8,000 plants, shrubs and trees were planted on the 53-acre site. The irrigation system retrieves recycled surface water through a bio-filter system. More than 75 per cent of construction and land clearing debris was diverted from landfill. “The entire facility was designed to communicate Honda’s corporate sustainable culture to employees and visitors. Employee health and comfort are particularly important. Workstations are no more than eight metres from natural light and views. Thermostats throughout the building give tightly-zoned control over airflow and temperature; materials and finishes are low-VOC. Bicycle racks and showers encourage cycling. All these features are recognized by the LEED system,” said Richard Williams, HOK Vice-President and Practice Leader.
Completed in spring 2010, the 46,450-square-metre campus has already received three awards: the 2011 ED+C (Environmental Design + Construction) Excellence in Design Awards program for outstanding sustainable design techniques; a Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) Citation 2011; and a Markham Design Excellence 2010 Award.
The Honda Canada Headquarters is HOK’s 95th project to earn LEED certification and the ninth in Canada.