Project Fujisawa Smart City, led by the Japanese brand Panasonic, demonstrates the latest technologies to create, store and save energy.
JAPAN PROMOTES THE CREATION OF SUSTAINABLE AND SELF-SUFFICIENT CITIES
Environmentally-friendly, eco-architecture, urban regeneration, environmental technology, bioclimatic, ecology, are concepts that have recently been integrated in an important way in the vocabulary of the 21st century. These new “global” concepts can be found in specific towns, as well as in large urban developments and in local communities.
In order to have “sustainable” cities it is necessary to recover green areas, fields and forests, but above all to reduce the excessive use of fuels, to devise new systems for saving energy, and to produce buildings that avoid artificial wastage, replacing it instead with elements that channel natural resources and unconventional energies. Finally, sustainability must be part of our daily life.
FUJISAWA; A FORWARD-THINKING CITY JUST 50KM FROM TOKYO
The Fujisawa project, led by the Japanese brand Panasonic, is expected to be completed in 2018 when the brand celebrates its 100th anniversary. The buildings allow for a sustainable development of the city and its community. The city will be able to grow on a large scale as a “green” and “smart” place that prioritizes an ecological and healthy lifestyle for its residents. To achieve a global reduction in CO2 emissions by 70% when compared against 1990 levels, apart from connecting the city to new forms of sustainable energy, biodiversity is being promoted by creating green zones throughout the city.
This smart city uses cutting-edge technologies to create, store and save energy and thus reducing energy expenditure by up to 70% in homes and 20% in public areas. This new model has zones that facilitate recharging electric cars and bicycles, but also favours pedestrian areas. Using state-of-the-art equipment and services, Fujisawa’s council intends to build a sustainable city for 100 years.
The concept is founded on three distinct categories, where energy and people’s lifestyles converge to create infrastructure that moves towards an ecological and sustainable society. Its main pillars will be energy (including the generation, storage, saving and management), mobility, safety, health, single-community portal, finance, natural resource management, and sustainable-livelihood promotion platforms. The goal here is therefore to encourage healthy lifestyles not only among residents, but also among people living in the surrounding areas and visitors from other regions.
SPAIN AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES
In Spain we should take advantage of all our natural resources since we are a country that has been left with sun, wind and water, and with large areas of land so as to produce electricity. What has happened is that the Spanish government is against renewable forms; the “tax on the sun” testifies to this. In other European countries, with fewer natural resources than in Spain, they have better infrastructure. In Japan they have a culture that is accustomed to managing their own resources due to the fact that they have limited territory.
At HJAPÓN, we strive to advise our clients interested in buying luxury homes, and one way is to promote sustainable practices when renovating houses. Improving energy efficiency, protecting the environment using renewable energy, the safety and replacement of electrical installations, water, gas or other supplies that benefit the access to the property are all ways in which to achieve this.