November 5, 2009


Nissan Motor Completes Eco-Friendly Global Headquarters

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Japan's Nissan Motor Co. held a ceremony marking the completion of its new headquarters, called the Nissan Global Headquarters, on August 2, 2009, in the Minato Mirai 21 district, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. Compared with the old headquarters building, the new one is more eco-friendly, and has achieved a more than 27-percent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The building received the highest "S Rank" rating from the Comprehensive Assessment System for Building Environment Efficiency (CASBEE) organization.

All the exterior walls consist of sash bars and glass, plus five sets of condensing lenses which track the sun automatically and maximize the amount of sunlight in the central channel of the building. Window louvers, one of the distinctive features of its exterior, play the role of reed screen or traditional Japanese window shades to control the amount of direct sunlight allowed during summer, and actively receiving it in other seasons. As a result, the louvers contribute to a reduction of power consumption for air-conditioning as well as lighting.

In addition, active use of fresh outside air enables the building to save on air-conditioning energy consumption, taking advantage of the natural ventilation of ascending air currents generated by the central channel of the building. In terms of saving water, rainwater and miscellaneous drainage systems, including that from the kitchen, are processed and used as sanitation water and for watering plants.

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Posted: 2009/11/05 06:00:15 AM