Roland DG is relocating its Japanese headquarters from Hamamatsu City and at the cost of 29.5bn JPY constructing a ‘nearly ZEB’ certified building in Miyakoda that will reduce energy consumption by 75%. Construction of the new HQ will start this September and is expected to be complete next July, with the relocation happening October 2023.
ZEB certification defines four levels of certification based on the level of achievement of a zero-energy construction. Zero-energy construction aims to reduce the annual primary energy consumption balance required for air conditioning, lighting, etc. to zero by combining energy-saving technologies, such as use of natural energy and efficient equipment systems, and energy-creating technologies, such as solar power generation. The new building will be ‘nearly ZEB’ certified, achieving a primary energy consumption reduction of 75%+ through energy conservation (50% +) and energy creation.
Roland DG consolidated its mass production functions at its Thailand plant in December 2021 to improve production efficiency, and its Miyakoda plant is now used as a pilot line. To further improve efficiency, the corporation is integrating the production and headquarter functions that are currently located at two separate venues in the Miyakoda area in Kita-ku, Hamamatsu.
The new building will combine R&D, administration, and sales functions together in a single office area. All floors will have public areas, interaction areas, and creative areas designed to enable employees to freely change their work environment,.
The new building will be 1.5 times safer than the national standard and will be equipped with a solar power generation system on the rooftop, automatic lighting control and inverter airflow control for exhaust fans, and an efficiency air conditioning system, all consistent with global efforts to achieve carbon neutrality. The building will provide a workplace that accommodates a variety of work styles, including a park view deck terrace, cafeteria lounge, training room, and showers.
Roland said that at a time when the role of an office building is rapidly changing due to the pandemic, the design takes into account a hybrid working style between office and telecommuting, creating an environment that facilitates communication and promotes team building in order to realize its slogan to ‘Inspire the Enjoyment of Creativity’ and spark excitement.