Initiatives for Sustainability

  • 1999

    Environmental Future Plan

    Announced the Industryfs First Environmental Future Plan

    In our effort to strike the right balance among people, communities and the global environment, we adopted an environmental charter and basic environmental guidelines. Under the charter and the guidelines, we have integrated the environmental measures that had been taken separately by introducing a horizontally based organization, and positioned environmental actions as one of our management priorities.

  • 2001

    Ecosystem preservation

    Embarked on new environmental initiatives under the Gohon no ki landscaping concept

    The gGohon no kih landscaping concept, which incorporates a satoyama design, is to engage customers in biodiversity protection efforts by creating home gar-dens with native and indigenous tree species suited to the local climate and in-crease green coverage percentage in the community. The concept is named gGohon no kih (meaning gfive treesh) as we hope to plant gthree trees for birds and two for butterflies.h

  • 2002

    Resource recycling

    Achieved zero waste at all of our factories

    Recycled all waste generated during the factory production stage

  • 2003

    Energy-saving house

    Began to equip all newly built detached houses with a next-generation energy-saving system

    Improved the insulation efficiency of detached houses

  • 2005

    Sustainability Vision

    Announced Declaration of Sustainability

    In order to better cater to the constantly changing needs of society, we upheld the concept of gsustainable societyh as our corporate vision, and declared the target of achieving well-balanced corporate management with an equal focus on homeowner value, environmental value, social value, and economic value.

    Assets to the next generation

    Formulated the Urban Development Charter

    Declared our commitment to creating communities that grow increasingly attractive over time and that are valued as assets of society

  • 2007

    Disaster risk prevention

    Introduced SHEQAS, a government-accredited seismic control system

    A government-accredited seismic control structure that converts seismic energy into heat energy and absorbs building movement

    Sustainable wood use

    Established Wood Procurement Guidelines

    Promoted the FairWood procurement initiative to ensure sustainable wood use

  • 2008

    Certified by the Ministry of the Environment

    Became the industryfs first company to be certified as an Eco-First Company by the Ministry of the Environment

    We were the first in the industry to be certified as an Eco-First Company under the Eco-First program launched by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment to encourage environmental preservation. As a leader in the industry in environmental initiatives, we have made clear our commitment to promoting positive measures for environmental preservation.

    Toyako Summit

    Cooperated in construction of the Zero Emission House

    We provided our proprietary environmental technologies, including energy-saving and energy-creating technologies, for a future-oriented home constructed at the request of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit where measures to combat global warming were discussed. In so doing, we demonstrated the prowess of Japanfs global warming prevention technologies to the world.

  • 2009

    energy-creating house

    Launched Green First eco-friendly homes

    Provided eco-friendly housing that was also comfortable and economical

  • 2010

    2 million homes

    Achieved the milestone of 2 million homes

  • 2011

    Smart house

    Launched the Green First Hybrid model

    Introduced a smart house furnished with the worldfs first power supply system utilizing
    three different types of cells

    Airkis

    Launched the Airkis high-quality indoor air system to protect childrenfs health

    Reduced indoor concentrations of certain chemical substances to less than 50% of the level stipulated by the Japanese government guidelines to protect childrenfs health

  • 2013

    Net-zero-energy house

    Launched the Green First Zero model

    A net-zero-energy house aims to achieve energy self-sufficiency by offsetting the energy used by the household, even to the point of below-zero energy consumption. This house is designed to reduce household energy consumption compared to conventional levels by introducing advanced heat insulation and high-efficiency home equipment, while generating electricity with its energy-creating systems.

    10 million trees

    Planted 10 million trees as part of the Gohon no ki landscaping concept

  • 2014

    WCDRR

    Selected as a destination of the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction study tour

    The Tohoku Factory of Sekisui House, which conducted disaster preparedness drills in cooperation with the local government in Shikama Town, Miyagi Prefecture, was selected as one of the stops of the study tour (official visit to the earthquake-affected area) planned in conjunction with the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

  • 2015

    Net-zero-energy house increased to 74%

    The ratio of net-zero-energy homes (Green First Zero models) to all newly built Sekisui House detached homes increased to 74%. (For the period from February to July 2015)