Improved Safety and Security in Design and Construction
Approaches and Policies
We intend to improve the quality of safety and security under the Group Policy and in collaboration with design and construction companies and other suppliers as well as governmental agencies, by complying strictly with Design and Construction Standards and Quality Manuals and implementing rigorous quality control.
Targets and Results
To improve the safety and security in design and construction, the Group endeavors to comply strictly with Design and Construction Standards and Quality Manuals and implement rigorous quality control.
Design and Construction Standards and Quality Manuals
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Specific products include condominiums, detached housing, rental housing, office buildings, retail facilities, logistics facilities, and hotels.
Responses to Safety Issues
To ensure the safety of customers, if there is a violation of the Building Standards Act, Fire Service Act, other applicable laws and regulations, or the internal quality standards, necessary responses will be implemented rapidly. In fiscal 2020, there were no significant safety-related violations of relevant laws and regulations or internal standards.
Comply with Design and Construction Standards and Quality Manuals
To ensure the quality of safety and security in building design and construction, the Group has formulated Design and Construction Standards (structures, architecture, equipment, electrical) and Quality Manuals and has established designs and specifications for the series of products developed by the Residential Development Business Unit and the Commercial Real Estate Business Unit. The Standards and Manuals are distributed to suppliers, including design and construction companies and are strictly complied with. The Group also reviews the Standards and Manuals as needed to further improve safety and security.
Thorough Quality Control at Construction Sites
Requesting Customers and Partner Companies to Implement thorough Quality Control
The Group has specified practices for ensuring and improving quality at construction sites in the Nomura Real Estate Group Procurement Guidelines and requests the cooperation and understanding of customers and partner companies in implementing these measures.
In 2021, we began surveying supplier compliance with the Nomura Real Estate Group Procurement Guidelines. This effort is intended to identify and proactively address supplier risks to ensure that consistent quality control is practiced throughout the design and construction process.
Implementation of Quality Control
Nomura Real Estate Development quality control engineers confirm compliance with the Design and Construction Standards and Quality Manuals and the status and progress of construction in every major phase of construction.
In addition, all accidents and problems that occur at construction sites are reported to quality control personnel and the officer responsible for quality management and architectural design. Information regarding the details and responses are shared at periodic meetings and on the Group intranet, and measures are taken to prevent reoccurrence.
Training on Design and Construction
Both the Residential Development Business Unit and the Commercial Real Estate Business Unit are working hard to improve their skills and procedures to safeguard the quality of safety and security in design and construction.
Passing on skills to the next generation has become a vital issue for ensuring quality with the ongoing aging of the workforce in the construction industry, and Group construction sites are no exception. We are therefore also focusing on securing and training young workers.
Training on Quality Control Technologies
The Group holds the PROUD Quality Conference in the Residential Development Business Unit and the Engineers’ Conference in the Commercial Real Estate Business Unit once a year for sharing and improving quality control technologies. These conferences provide a forum for imparting knowledge and expertise to younger workers by exchanging information or updates related to the Design and Construction Standard and Quality Manuals, issues related to design and construction, and advanced case studies. In fiscal 2020, architectural and quality control personnel gathered from around the country with approximately 230 participating in the PROUD Quality Conference and about 130 attending the Engineers’ Conference.
Supporting the Development of First-Class Architects
The Group supports the acquisition of the first-class architect qualification, to ensure safety and security. As of April 1, 2021, Nomura Real Estate Development had 199 employees with first-class architect qualifications, comprising 9.5% of all employees.