LEED ND: Plan v4 - LEED v4
Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City
LEED Platinum 2016
The Kashiwa-no-ha area is home to the University of Tokyo, Chiba University, and national research institution campuses. As part of the Kashiwa-no-ha International Campus Town Initiative, the goal is to build a city on this foundation that is integrated with the environment, promotes long and healthy lives, and cultivates industrial innovation. This process has a unique synergy with the goals of LEED-ND Version 4 and used LEED ND as a framework to guide decision making processes and set qualitative and quantitative goals for implementation.
After the opening of the Tsukuba Express line linking Tokyo and Tsukuba City in northeast Japan, the district surrounding the Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station was primarily developed as condominiums. However, since the 2014 opening of Gate Square, a development with retail, housing and other commercial uses, the area diversified to support broader economic and urban activity with offices, hotels, and meeting halls, retail and non-residential uses. This mix of uses allows for the creation and reinforcement of active and vital streets by creating activity at all hours of the day. The use of the LEED ND framework supported and promoted this mix of uses and creates a vibrant ground plane and local community.
The plan for the Kashiwa-no-ha International Campus Town Initiative positions a multi-use zone called the “Innovation Campus” around a large detention pond on the north side of the station to encourage R&D, commerce, and other non-residential uses there. The plan also calls for the area extending through Chiba University’s Kashiwa-no-ha Campus and the University of Tokyo’s Kashiwa Campus II to be developed as a multi-purpose, compact central district - building on existing advanced educational and research facilities and pleasant living environment by adding R&D, commerce, and venues for public use.
The goal is to make the Kashiwa-no-ha area more comfortable, healthier, and happier for people who live, play and work by sparking more diverse participation in home and work life, while also promoting development that encourages everyone to take an active role in building the local community. Ultimately, this paints a picture of a future where research and academia are encouraged to make new ideas reality. The innovation campus will be a place with active and vital streets and tree-lined roads that connect collaborative spaces and public squares throughout the project to cultivate a sense of community day and night, and to create neighborhoods with distinct personalities. This community is reinforced by using an active energy management system and other educational components to engage occupants to make sustainable choices. The LEED ND Plan certification process enhanced the district’s commitment to sustainability with the creation of Site and Building Performance Guidelines, which held multiple property owners accountable to ensure the collective vision for Kashiwa-no-ha as an active, vital, and sustainable community.