Architecture, engineering and construction firm Shimizu Corporation’s Tokyo headquarters is being touted as one of the most sustainable construction projects in the world. Every aspect of the design has been conceptualised with sustainability in mind since its architects are very aware of Japan’s lack of natural fuel resources.
One of the most extensive eco-features is the air conditioning system which makes use of radiant heat. Water hoses run under ceiling boards like capillary vessels. By controlling the temperature of the water circulating in the hoses, the temperature of the ceiling board surface is controlled.
2,000sqm of photovoltaic panels on the exterior façade generate much-needed green power which provides daytime lighting throughout the building. The façade system is also coupled with intelligent shading devices which angle themselves automatically depending on the sun’s movement to optimise natural daylighting; a system which reduces CO2 emissions by 90% in comparison to regular lighting systems.Source: worldarchitecturenews.com