Kyocera grows 'green curtains' of foliage to help meet energy reduction targets
As part of its ongoing environmental protection activities, and to help meet foreseeable 15% energy reduction targets around Japan due to the effects of the March 11 earthquake, the Kyocera group is planting “green curtains” which are grown on trellises to shade windows and outer walls of manufacturing and office buildings at 19 locations in Japan.
The foliage creates a screen, preventing direct sunlight and heat radiation from raising the internal temperature of buildings — thus reducing the load on energy-intensive air-conditioners during the hot summer months. Moreover, the company offers a special website with do-it-yourself instructions to help encourage people to take up the eco-friendly project at their own homes and businesses.
Green curtains mitigate temperature increases inside workplaces thus reducing the load on air conditioner units, and can also help reduce the overall operation time.