The Bridgestone B-Innovation center – an innovation center situated within the Bridgestone Innovation Park in Kodaira City, Tokyo, Japan – has been awarded with a LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The facility is the first Bridgestone base in Japan to receive the certification.
The LEED rating system is used to assess the environmental performance of buildings and urban environments developed and operated by the USGBC, with certification screening conducted by Green Business Certification Inc.
The Gold certification was granted to the innovation center for several reasons which include the building’s eco-friendly design and construction. The company used materials which created little impact on people or the environment, 16% of which were made from recycled materials. Upon completion, over 50% of waste construction materials were recycled. Renewable energy systems ensure the building’s energy consumption is 24.2% less than the target set by LEED by using solar power generation systems among others.
LEED certifies buildings and urban environments which are deemed to promote the use of renewable energy or are built with concern for the health of people and the surrounding environment in terms of design, construction, maintenance and operation methods.
Full-scale operation at the Bridgestone Innovation Park started in April 2022, and the B-Innovation facility is utilized by the tire maker to accelerate the innovation of company technologies, business models and designs through co-creation.