Initiatives on Environmental Friendliness
Promoting Environmental-Friendly Buildings
From early on, JPR has implemented various initiatives on environmental friendliness. JPR has proactively worked on reduction of energy costs, enhancement of greening and other measures under the basic concept of "environmentally friendly buildings." JPR has also received certain recognition for these endeavors from external organizations.
Energy Saving through Facility Replacement
JPR is replacing such facilities as air-conditioning units and lighting equipment to more energy-efficient ones in an effort to help reduce CO2 emissions. At JPR Hakata-Chuo Bldg. (Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City), the air-conditioning equipment was replaced to highly efficient GHP (gas heat pump)-type models in September 2013. At the same time, thermal insulation work was conducted for the rooftop and heat barrier films were attached to the window glass. As a result, CO2 was reduced by approximately 44 tons (an annual estimate), or reduction by 14.3% year-on-year. Reduction effect at the 14 properties where air-conditioning equipment was replaced: Annual estimate of approximately 711 tons of CO2, or reduction by 15.4% year-on-year (as of December 31, 2014).
Energy Saving through Replacement of Lighting Equipment
In an effort to enhance lighting efficiency, lighting equipment in the common areas including entrance halls and corridors is increasingly replaced by LED and motion sensors are being introduced. The annual estimate of the CO2 reduced at the 20 properties where the lighting equipment was replaced is approximately 429 tons, or reduction by 73.2% year-on-year (as of December 31, 2014).
[Shinjuku Center Bldg.: Reduction in energy consumption At Shinjuku Center Bldg. (Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo) completed in 1979, such measures have been sequentially taken as introduction of the Building Energy Management System (BEMS), subdivision of controlling zones for air-conditioning equipment, replacement to LED lamps and installation of motion sensors at the common area, introduction of variable light and adoption of water-saving devices at the toilets. As a result, energy consumption at the entire building has been reduced by approximately 20%.
Energy Saving through Improvement in Operations
- Measures to save power consumption
Detailed operation rules have been established, such as turning off lights when rooms are not used, setting of recommended temperatures for air-conditioning and seasonal changes in the set temperature of toilet seat heaters, and certain effects have been achieved, with the cooperation by the tenants.
- Demand control
A web system to monitor power consumption and maximum demand power around the clock (demand control) has been introduced to promote energy saving.
- Solar power generation
At Olinas Tower (Sumida Ward, Tokyo), a solar power generation system (power generation capacity of 10kW) was introduced, which generates approximately 10,000 kWh annually to be used at the building.
Preservation of Water Resources
JPR is introducing or replacing to water saving-type automatic cleaning devices upon renovating toilets and on other occasions. In addition, rainwater and recycled water are effectively used for cleaning toilets and sprinkling water on plants at some properties.
Management of Hazardous Substances
- Management of asbestos
Management of asbestos, a hazardous substance, is properly implemented based on the "Guidelines for Maintenance and Management of Indoor Environment with Regard to Sprayed Asbestos" by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
- Management of PCB
Electric equipment and other devices that contain PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) have been removed and are properly managed based on the PCB storage and management standards by the environmental departments of respective municipal governments.
- Management of fluorocarbons
When disposing equipment that uses fluorocarbons, which have been proved to give such environmental impacts as destruction of ozone layers and global warming, it is disposed and managed properly based on the Fluorocarbon Recovery and Destruction Act. In addition, pursuant to the Act for Rationalized Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons enforced in April 2015, equipment that uses fluorocarbons is property maintained and managed.
Acquisition of DBJ Green Building Certification
JPR has obtained DBJ Green Building Certification, a system by Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ) to certify real estate properties evincing high environmental and social awareness, for multiple properties it owns.
DBJ Green Building
Properties with the highest level environmental & social awareness
Properties with exceptionally high environmental & social awareness
Properties with excellent environmental & social awareness
Properties with high environmental & social awareness
|DBJ Green Building Certification||DBJ awards five levels of certification to office buildings in accordance with the degree of environmental and social awareness they demonstrate.|
Designation as "Green Star," the Highest Ranking in GRESB Survey
The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark is a benchmark system for evaluating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in the real estate sector, established in 2009 primarily by major European pension fund groups. Of the survey subjects, the GRESB real estate assessment covers real estate companies and funds that are mainly engaged in managing existing properties.
As of September 2017, approximately 60 GRESB members (pension funds and other institutional investors as well as investment managers and real estate companies) with total assets under management of approximately 1,870 trillion yen (approximately US$17 trillion [at a rate of 110 yen to the U.S. dollar]) use the data of the GRESB assessment results in selecting investment objects and in discussions with counterparties of investment. A total of 850 entities globally, comprising real estate companies, REITs and funds, participated in the 2017 survey.
With regard to JPR’s initiatives on sustainability, the 2017 survey acknowledged its superiority both in the “Management & Policy” and “Implementation & Measurement” dimensions, and designated JPR as “Green Star” for the fourth consecutive year. Moreover, JPR was granted “4 Stars,” a higher mark, in the GRESB Rating (five-level rating with the highest being “5 Stars”) for the second consecutive year. In addition, JPR received a “B,” the second highest rating, in the GRESB Public Disclosure (Evaluation of ESG Disclosure Level) that began this year.
The following initiatives taken by JPR were acknowledged in the assessment of the survey:
Enhanced management and strategy for sustainability, including establishment of objectives and reinforcement of the implementation system
Implementation of governance risk management, environmental risk management on properties and energy-saving measures
Strengthened efforts in establishing relationships with tenants and other stakeholders
Winning the Award for Town Creation with Flowers and Greenery
Yakuin Business Garden is located in the urban area of Fukuoka City. As the building name indicates, the property has a wide vacant lot open to the public, where 23 kinds of plants provide a different appearance season by season, including the corridor of zelkova trees that dye the air green. It is a space of greenery full of healing and comfort, where not only the facility users but also many other people feel relaxed. JPR endeavors to promote greenery as an initiative to enhance the asset value as well as to support town creation. [Won the 10th "Award for Town Creation with Flowers and Greenery" in 2013]