News Advisory

Why Did Honda R&D Build A New Central Plant With An Ice Box For A Floor?

Come to an environmental award news briefing and find out at 9:30 a.m. EDT Thursday July 13, 2006


Now that hockey season is over, the coldest floor in central Ohio belongs to Honda R&D Americas, Inc. at its Raymond, Ohio, campus. The concrete floor of HRA’s new utility building is the top of a huge ice locker.

The ice box saves energy and shifts peak energy usage when the weather is hot. It is one of many environmentally friendly technologies that will be unveiled Thursday when Honda becomes the first company in Ohio to win the Leadership in Energy and Design Gold Award given by the United States Green Building Council.

Come and see clean technologies developed by Honda associates, adapted from NASA and shared with vendor companies.


Hirohide Ikeno, President, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

Charles Allen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

Elaine Barnes, United States Green Building Council

Honorable Tony Core, Ohio House of Representatives

All will be available for interviews following the presentation, along with other key team members.


News media are invited to meet in the lobby of Honda R&D, 21001 State Route 739, south of Raymond, Ohio. Take U.S. 33 to the State Route 739 exit and go north 2 miles. Please arrive by 9:30 a.m.


9:30 a.m. Guests arrive/reception

10:00 a.m. Event begins; introductory remarks

10:30 a.m. Facility Tour begins

11:15 a.m. Event ends; interviews continue; Q & A

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