Konica Minolta’s Innovation Garden OSAKA Center Receives the Governor of Osaka Award, the Highest Honor, in the Osaka Environmentally Friendly Architecture Award
February 18, 2022
Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) announced that the Innovation Garden OSAKA Center (IGOC), the company’s cooperation and development center for imaging IoT/AI technology, received the Governor of Osaka Award, the highest honor, in the FY2021 Osaka Environmentally Friendly Architecture Award, which commends the owners of environmentally friendly buildings and the architects who designed them.
Konica Minolta is proud to receive this award as evidence of its commitment to the health and intellectual productivity of employees working at IGOC, as well as its environmentally-conscious operations.
Features of IGOC
In designing new office and research buildings, Konica Minolta focuses on minimizing CO2 emissions during both construction and operation of the buildings and equipment used in them.
At IGOC, high-efficiency heat-insulation sandwich panels are applied on the exterior walls on the south side of the building to enhance cooling efficiency during summer, while long eaves on the north and west sides block out the sunshine and make the indoor space less affected by the outdoor temperature.
IGOC also makes effective use of natural resources such as natural light and ventilation. The natural vents on the roof skylight and first floor automatically open and close according to the outdoor and indoor temperatures, increasing the efficiency of natural ventilation.
The staircase landing areas where there are benches and other places that encourage communication are lit by an energy-saving lighting system that detects moving people and automatically increases the brightness when someone is present and decreases it when no one is there.
With these systems and various other innovative design features, the IGOC building is highly environment-friendly, comfortable and energy-efficient, and was therefore given the highest “S” rank in the Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE) instituted by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
In addition to its environment-friendliness, IGOC is highly evaluated for its comfortable and functional office environment, winning the 34th Nikkei New Office Award of Nikkei Inc. and the New Office Promotion Association.
2. Good health and intellectual productivity
Designed to stimulate the creation of ideas, friendly interactions, corporate identity communication, and good health, IGOC offers a healthy workplace environment that motivates employees in their work and encourages them to create new value through interactions with people, both within and outside the company.
IGOC has an athletic ground, multi-purpose courts and shower rooms, which entice employees to do sports during break time and thus help them stay healthy. Meanwhile, meeting rooms and offices have many open spaces where employees can feel connected with the outdoors, positively influencing their mental well-being. Employees may choose to work on the outdoor deck and eat at the garden café on the deck.
IGOC was established in November 2020 as a hub for imaging IoT/AI development and business creation in the Kansai region, serving as one of Konica Minolta’s two major innovation centers along with the R&D center in Tokyo. Konica Minolta has assigned core imaging IoT/AI specialists to these centers to nurture human resources in this area.
About the Osaka Environmentally Friendly Architecture Award
The Osaka Environmentally Friendly Architecture Award is held annually by the Osaka Prefectural Government and the Osaka Municipal Government to commend both the owners and architects of buildings that deliver exemplary environmental performance, selected from among new buildings for which environmental plans were submitted under applicable ordinances.
The highest honor in this award is the Governor of Osaka Award, which is given to one building selected through a comprehensive review of resource-saving efficiency during the design and construction stages, effectiveness of BCP, and effects on the health and intellectual productivity of workers, in addition to environmental performance. In the FY2021 Osaka Environmentally Friendly Architecture Award, a total of 12 buildings won awards, including category awards (housing, office, and commercial facility and others).