November 20, 2018 A First for Toyama: Environment Minister's Award in the Green Roof Category of the Green Roof/Green Wall Technology Competition (Passive Town Phase I and II Town Blocks)
The Phase I and II town blocks of Passive Town*1, a development being built by YKK Fudosan (Real Estate) Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), received the Environment Minister's Award in the Green Roof Category of the 17th Green Roof/Green Wall Technology Competition*2, the first time an Environment Minister's Award has been awarded in Toyama Prefecture. The presentation ceremony was held on November 19 at the Meiji Kinenkan (Minato-ku, Tokyo).
Entrance to underground parking in foreground, green roof in background
<Features of the Winning Landscape (Green Zone)>
Taking advantage of east-west altitude differences of the terrain, an underground parking area (Phase I and II town blocks) for residents occupies a large part of the residential area. The roof of this underground parking area was made thick enough to allow the planting of trees. The green, open relaxation space is available to the community and has the following features:
- ・Walkways are built with water-retentive pavement to provide ease of access between each town block.
- ・Waterways and water features draw from regional water networks, including underflow water characteristic of the Kurobe River alluvial fan.
- ・Main green features are tall deciduous trees.
<Reasons for Award>
The development was praised and commended for maximizing the potential of the area's (Kurobe's) natural environment, with abundant underflow water, seasonal "ai-no-kaze" winds, natural light, and greenery nourished by these elements.
*1 Project that proposes to use natural energy for town and residential development.
*2 One of the three urban green awards established by the Organization for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure in 2002. With an overall goal of improving urban environments and enriching urban lifestyles, the award is given to private corporations, regional public bodies, and individuals who make active efforts toward and achieve outstanding results in the greening of special spaces that have traditionally been difficult to green, such as roofs and walls.