"Environmental Building Plan" Programs
This is a program introduced by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to create a market that rewards environmentally friendly, sustainable buildings, and to promote advances in new environmental technologies. It works through comprehensive assessments and disclosure of the environmental performance of buildings. Owners of buildings having more than a certain total floor space are graded on environmentally friendly features incorporated into their design, based on certain evaluation criteria, and they are required to submit an Environmental Building Plan to the local government.
This program can raise society's awareness about environmentally friendly buildings, because the local government publicly discloses the plans, which indicate the buildings' level of environmental consideration, and allows companies and citizens to obtain information on the living environment and other aspects of building quality and performance.
This is not a regulatory program based on government-set standards. One of its strengths is that, while emphasizing autonomy, it provides the motivation for building owners to do the right thing. After plans are submitted, building owners are required to disclose what environmental initiatives they have actually taken to implement the plans. "CASBEE for Japanese local government" programs resemble this "Environmental Building Plan" program, but whereas the latter emphasizes comprehensive environmental performance inside the building, the former also evaluate harmony with the surrounding environment by calculating the environmental impacts both inside and outside the building .