3 ideas submitted by a group headed by young employees were selected for the Judges' Special Award and Honorable Mention in the 2011 (9th) Contest for Ideas in Construction and Housing Technology. The contest was held by the Consortium for Building Research & Development and judge free themes related to "earthquake-resistant technology and construction/housing technology."
Judges ' Special Award
・Hybrid air-conditioning system using natural energy without heat medium.
A proposal for combining the use of natural energy sources such as geothermal heat/solar heat and an air-conditioning system without a heat medium. The air-conditioning system used material with high thermal conductivity as a medium.
・Earthquake-resistant technology for air-conditioning facilities using low-intensity/plastic deformation material.
A proposal for the development of technology to improve earthquake-resistance of ducts and piping. By inserting low-intensity and plastic deformation material, damage caused by earthquakes is limited to only certain ducts and piping.
・VNP (Vibration and Noise Pump)-VNP will change the world.
A proposal for a generation system which uses piezo-electric devices to convert vibration and noise from building equipment into electrical energy.