construction, temporary housing, wood

Temporary houses made with local wood: support project by Tenryu Wood Industry Cooperative, Shizuoka

[May 10, 2011: Shizuoka Shimbun]
As part of support for reconstruction of 3.11 earthquake-affected areas, the Tenryu Wood Industry Cooperative, based in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture has recently promoted the development of special temporary housing that is built with their locally sourced wood, referred to as Tenryu wood. The house is also designed with an eye to the responses to the recovery from possible Tokai earthquake. To help provide this Tenryu wooden temporary housing, their show house will be open in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture, late in May.

The house, which Tenryu-grown Japanese cedar is heavily used, has one room with dining and kitchen area (the total floor space is 22 sq m). Based on the assumption of the need of prompt and massive housing supply, both of the production process and design were so simplified that it can be built only with generally distributed lumber products. When the Tenryu temporary houses are mass-produced, the production cost can be held down to the same level as that of prefabricated temporary houses.


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About liz

from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.


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