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The Shimizu Design Brand: Shimizu's Design Concept

With an in-house design organization encompassing approximately 1,000 architects, Shimizu provides a full range of services, from design through construction. In addition to meeting performance and quality requirements, the essence of Shimizu design—the goal our designers seek to achieve and embody in their work—lies in the following three points.

  1. Full value:
    Achieving value that surpasses customer expectations, rather than merely satisfying the designers themselves, based on a broader social perspective.
  2. Life-cycle design (LCD):
    Design focused on improving project value throughout the entire project life cycle, including energy conservation, renewability, and ease of maintenance.
  3. Management of technology (MOT):
    Design incorporating elements such as construction techniques, state-of-the-art development technologies, and engineering techniques Shimizu alone offers to the extent necessary for each project.

Each member of the design organization undertakes design activities for each project based on these design principles.

Case Study: Optimal Operation of Facilities Realizes 40% Energy Saving

Shimizu handled the design and construction of a new technical center in Hachioji, Tokyo, for Casio Computer Co., Ltd. The theme for this construction project was to create an office with world-class energy-saving capabilities. The center incorporates no fewer than 25 energy-conservation systems, including a vertical thermal storage tank (used to power heating and cooling systems in the day using discounted-rate electricity supplied at night), natural ventilation, predictive controls, and lighting controls. The goal at the planning stage was to cut energy consumption at the new building by 20% compared to one of the client's existing sites. Following building construction, data from the various energy conservation systems was collected and analyzed. In its first two years of operation, thanks to efforts to optimize facility operations, the building reduced energy consumption by 40%, easily surpassing the original goal. Carbon dioxide emissions from the center were 30% less than at the reference site.

The Casio Computer Hachioji Technical Center was completed in November 2003. Located in a position that is highly visible from both inside and outside the site, the vertical thermal storage tank stands as a symbol of energy conservation.

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