Texas Instruments’ new assembly and test facility in Clark, the Philippines, has been awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) gold certification, distinguishing the site as the first gold-certified facility in that country.

"The LEED gold certification is a validation of TI's commitment to environmental stewardship and to the health of the communities where it operates,” said Bing Viera, managing director of TI's operations in the Philippines.

He said the Clark facility was “designed from the ground up to maximize manufacturing capabilities and minimize environmental impact."

The newly constructed 780,000-square-foot facility is located on the former USA Clark airbase here.

TI has had a manufacturing presence in the Philippines for more than 30 years and earned a LEED-NC silver certification on its phase V expansion project in Baguio City last year.

The phase V project was the Philippine's first LEED certified building.

TI started using USGBC LEED rating systems to guide continuing improvements for construction and sustainability in the early 2000s when the company constructed the world's first LEED gold certified semiconductor manufacturing facility – RFAB, in Richardson, Texas.

TI now operates over two million square feet of LEED certified manufacturing space around the world.