Tokyo’s Technical Research Institute, A LEED Superstar, Aims for Net Zero

Lisa Markowski for Zondits, April 11, 2014

Tokyo’s Technical Research Institute, owned by worldwide construction company Obayashi, is working toward net zero–and eventually energy-positive status. As one of the world’s top green buildings, the institute earned 95 out of 100 possible points of LEED Platinum rating for an existing building’s operation and maintenance, giving it the top such ranking in Japan, while coming in third in the world.

Obayashi sees the Techno Station, as it’s known, as a laboratory for sustainable architecture. Measures they are implementing at the facility include LED lighting, improved lighting controls, and solar panels.


Obayashi Receives Highest LEED Point Total for an Existing Building in Japan with Support from Webcor Builders

Obayashi Corporation News, January 28, 2014

Obayashi Corporation’s Technical Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan, has recently been awarded Japan’s highest rated LEED Platinum certification for their Techno Station facility under the USGBC LEED for Existing Buildings and Operations Maintenance (EBOM) (*1) rating system. Working in collaboration with Webcor Builders (*2), Obayashi Group’s subsidiary in the United States, the Techno Station was awarded 95 points, the highest LEED score ever awarded to a building in Japan and the third-highest LEED score under LEED-EBOM v2009 in the world.

Obayashi Corporation felt that it was important to evaluate the building based on its actual operational performance in addition to its predicted performance. At the same time, they were aware of the international growth and importance of the LEED market. The Techno Station has been certified under Japan’s Green Building Rating System called “CASBEE for New Construction”, and to this end, Obayashi Corporation moved forward to pursue the LEED-EBOM certification in addition to the CASBEE for Existing Building certification.

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