Panasonic and Nomura Real Estate Unveil Concept Plan for New Sustainable Smart Town in Yokohama

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Overall image of Tsunashima SST (Graphic: Business Wire)

The Tsunashima Sustainable Smart Town (SST) Council and its lead organizers, Panasonic Corporation and Nomura Real Estate Development Co., Ltd., today revealed a concept plan that guides the development of a new smart town they plan to build in Tsunashima in the City of Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo.

The Tsunashima SST Council, a consortium of ten organizations that promotes the development of the Tsunashima SST, created a Town Development Concept. The concept plan sets forth the town’s environmental targets, safety and security goals, and rules for the landscapes and operations, seeking to create a town where the participants from different industries collaborate in harmony to achieve the goals. Yokohama City will support the Tsunashima SST project as the city pushes forward its efforts as a “FutureCity,” a model city selected by the Japanese government to address common challenges including the environment.

The Tsunashima Sustainable Smart Town, at the site of a former Panasonic factory, consists of residential and non-residential facilities. Under the concept of “Innovating the Future Together,” private enterprises and the local government involved aim for an urban smart city, fostering innovations by exploiting synergies among progressive knowledge, technology and services. They also envision a town that brings together people who want a better future and makes their interactions part of a global network. The Town Development Concept has set targets for this urban smart city, including numerical goals, such as a 40% reduction of CO2emissions (based on the levels in the fiscal year ended on March 31, 2006) and usage rates of 30% or higher for new energies1. Notably, it also stipulates the rules to manage the town’s landscapes and design, and those to help realize sustainable and comfortable lifestyles, as well as smart services, to ensure the town operates with unity and harmony as a whole.

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Town Energy Center (Graphic: Business Wire)

The new forward-looking town will have a town energy center, a hydrogen refueling station and an international student dormitory. Tokyo Gas Group will install a gas cogeneration system in the town energy center, from which electricity and thermal energy produced by the system will be provided to other facilities. JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation will be involved in operating a refueling station of hydrogen, which is considered as the next-generation energy source, and promote hydrogen supply to fuel-cell vehicles as well as other initiatives toward a future hydrogen-based society. Keio University will open an international student dormitory designed to realize active international exchanges and collaboration with the local community through mechanisms encouraging student-led activities and practical efforts by researchers.

Supported by Yokohama City, the Tsunashima SST Council will contribute to the wide-area town development spanning from Tsunashima and bordering Hiyoshi, seeking to achieve sustainable lifestyles, towns, and societies.

Panasonic will strive to create more value from space and location by combining in-house and outside knowledge and technology through the company’s CRE solutions business, which, by utilizing idle land, aims to increase financial and business values and make contributions to the community.

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Town management center / international student dormitory (Graphic: Business Wire)

Nomura Real Estate will develop a sustainable and attractive urban town by promoting its Hiyoshi Complex Development Plan that involves a 56,000 square meter site at 2-chome, Minowa Town, Kohoku Ward and linking this with the Tsunashima Sustainable Smart Town in the same ward.

Yokohama City supports this smart town project as a FutureCity, and will actively promote the development of a town that takes advantage of the potential of the Tsunashima and Hiyoshi areas.

Tsunashima SST Council
With the City of Yokohama as an observer, the council, established in December 2015, consists of enterprises and organizations that promote the development of the Tsunashima SST, with the aim to open the town in 2018. PanaHome Corporation will be involved in the development of the town management center and the international student dormitory. Obayashi Corporation will serve as a technical advisor.

Lead organizers Panasonic Corporation, Nomura Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.
Organizers MID Urban Development Co., Ltd.,* UNY Co., Ltd., Apple
Council members JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, PanaHome Corporation
Advisors Keio University, Obayashi Corporation, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.

* MID Urban Development Co., Ltd. which will be renamed Kanden Realty & Development Co., Ltd., effective April 1, 2016. It will develop collective housing as a partner of Nomura Real Estate.

Overview of the Town Development Plan

Concept Innovating the Future Together.
Overall targets Environmental targets • CO2 emissions: 40% reduction (vs. FY2005 ended March 31, 2006)

• Community water usage: 30% reduction (vs. FY2005)

• Use of new energies1: 30% or greater

Safety targets • CCP2: 3 days
Security targets • Town monitoring3: 100%

• Emergency services response time4: 15 minutes

Three codes • Design code: Rules on designs and elements forming the landscape of the town

• Sustainability code: Rules giving consideration to the next generation and the global environment

• Smart code: Rules related to a convenient, comfortable, safe and secure lifestyle

Smart services Six smart services are planned: Energy, security, mobility, wellness, community and facility. These will help realize a sustainable smart life with people at the center, pursuing future lifestyles and comfort from the perspective of residents, working people, visitors and other people involved with the town.

Notes:

1. Includes new technology such as natural gas cogeneration and fuel cells contributing to energy diversification with advanced utilization of new energy (for example, solar power generation) and innovative energy.
2. Community Continuity Plan: Securing lifelines in case of emergencies.
3. Secure town safety with 100% video coverage for the main entrances and exits.
4. Shorten the time required to reach a location after the initial notification by use of systems and devices. There might be delay due to traffic conditions.

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