AGC Asahi Glass (AGC) has started the construction of a net zero-energy building (ZEB) at its Kashima plant in Japan. With the use of its energy-saving and energy-creating products, the new facility is expected to achieve a total energy reduction of 114.7 percent. The construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2018.

With the 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target, which states a 26 percent reduction from the 2013 level, acceleration of ZEB construction is in an urgent need in Japan, according to the company. Under such circumstances, AGC has set the theme of energy saving and energy creation with its products, and started the construction of a ZEB office designed to create more energy than it consumes. In this new building at the Kashima plant, AGC’s heat-shielding and insulating products will help reduce energy consumption while the PV modules on the roof and the window panes create energy. For the construction of the ZEB office, AGC has been certified for the subsidy of a ZEB-related project from the Shizuoka Environment Resources Association.