Obayashi Technical Research Institute was honored as an outstanding sustainable building
"Techno Station," the main building of Obayashi Technical Research Institute (Kiyose city, Tokyo) , was awarded as a finalist in the category of Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance of the Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building (APNA) (*1) of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) (*2).
The WorldGBC is a network of national green building councils, aiming to promote low-carbon emission and environmental performance of buildings, and spread the buildings that contribute to realize sustainable society. Organizations from more than one hundred countries have joined the council, and Japan Sustainable Building Consortium (JSBC) joins it in Japan. In each country, there are some local awards for sustainable buildings. The APNA finalists were selected among the projects recommended by each council in Asia Pacific region. In Japan, 6 projects were recommended among the winners of the Sustainable Building Awards (*3) of the Japan's Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation in the past.
The Asia Pacific Green Leadership Awards were started this year, and 8 projects including Techno Station were selected as finalists among the 57 nominations from 15 countries.
In the category of Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance, 10 items such as "Taking an Intelligent Approach to Energy," "Safeguarding Water Resources," "Minimizing Waste and Maximizing Reuse," and "Promoting Health & Well-Being," were subjects of the examination.
Techno Station was evaluated as below; 1) The highest LEED Platinum certification in Japan. 2) The latest research and development facilities and the spread of reduction of the environmental load and effects being expected. 3) Reduction of carbon emissions by 55% using the cutting-edge passive design and high performance systems. 4) Improvement productivity and communication between researchers.
In addition to Techno Station, Ocean Financial Center, which was constructed in Singapore by Obayashi, was also selected as a finalist.
Obayashi will contribute to realize a sustainable society through its business activities for sustainable buildings utilizing green technology including energy saving methods.
*1 Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building（APNA）
The biennial awards honor outstanding organizations for their commitment to sustainability, and celebrate innovative green building projects that reduce environmental impacts including carbon emissions and energy cost, and drive higher levels of health and productivity for building occupants.
*2 World Green Building Council (WorldGBC)
The WorldGBC is a network of national green building councils. The members were from more than one hundred countries. Japan Sustainable Building Consortium (JSBC) which develops and promotes CASBEE, a tool for assessing and rating the environmental performance of buildings and built environment, joins it in Japan.
*3 Sustainable Building Awards
The awards, honored by Japan's Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation, are given to sustainable buildings constructed in Japan that reduce burden on the environment, energy consumption and CO2 emission.