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World’s most carbon-efficient building unveiled | 10 August 2012

A state-of-the-art building has been unveiled in Japan, which is said to emit ‘the world’s least amount of carbon dioxide (CO2)’.

The building will become the commercial headquarters of its creator, contractor Shimizu Corporation. Only 38kg/sq m of CO2 will be emitted by the structure, which Worldarchitecturenews.com said has been labeled ‘one of the most sustainable construction projects in the world’.

The news may well interest facilities management teams in commercial properties around the world – who are often pressured to keep carbon emissions as low as possible. Many techniques were adopted by Shimizu to reduce the building’s impact upon the environment, which could inspire these teams.

An air-conditioning unit that is powered by radiant heat has been used, using water hoses installed above the ceilings. Window shades installed in the building move as the sun does, meaning light is let in at all times; whilst photo-voltaic panels (PV) will generate power for the industrial lighting, providing some 84,000kWh of power annually.

Fmlink.com also commented on the building, confirming: ‘Shimizu says that by the end of the year 2015, it will reduce CO2 emissions down to 70 per cent through fine tuning air-conditioning and lighting facilities, as well as adopting further energy-saving systems.’

What’s more, Shimizu is expected to take further energy efficiency steps, all aimed towards its dream of the structure becoming a ZEB (Zero Emission Building) – though these aren’t yet known.

Written by Deborah Bates on behalf of Qube Global Software

While posted by Qube Global Software all views expressed are not necessarily those of the company. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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