LEED ND arrives in Brazil, China and now Japan
This week, Green Building Japan and the Japan Landscape Architects Union are hosting a joint symposium as they work to advance green buildings and LEED in Japan.
A centerpiece of their conversation is Futako-Tamagawa, a 36-acre site in Western Tokyo that is the country's first LEED ND project. Futako-Tamagawa is a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented project that is pushing the boundaries of sustainability. It's also a beautiful showcase of Japan's innovation in advance of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.
As Japan deals with an aging population and overall population decrease, Hiroki Hiramatsu, the founder and CEO of Woonerf Inc. (the company behind the project) believes that LEED ND projects such as Futako-Tamagawa are solutions to Japan's nationwide problems. Projects like these serve as inspiration to other cities in Japan as they wrestle with how to intelligently downsize and create more compact cities.
LEED ND: a solution in use around the globe
In Brazil, the Ilha Pura Community is the first LEED ND project in Latin America, and is the soon-to-be home of the Olympic Village for the 2016 Olympic Games.
In China, the Shanghai Expo, a 54-acre site, is the country’s first LEED Platinum ND Project.
And now there's Futako-Tamagawa. Once again, Japan is asserting leadership in innovation, green building and energy efficiency. USGBC congratulates this remarkable achievement and we stand ready to help meet a great nation's challenges with solutions.