construction, debris, temporary housing, wood

Recycling of Tsunami debris to building materials for temporary houses

[May 3, 2011: Iwate Nippo]
In collaboration with a builder based in Miyako City, two academic experts launched an innovative project to establish a supply scheme for temporary houses that are built with the recycled wood waste generated from East Japan Earthquake. Professor Noboru Sekino, who specializes in timber production science and wood engineering at Iwate University, and Associate Professor Shinpei Uchida, who specializes in architectural design at Morioka Junior College of Iwate Prefectural University, have taken the lead in the project.

In this project, the waste wood are chipped and recycled into wooden boards so as to utilize as architectural panels for temporary houses. The house is characterized by its short construction time and high insulation capacity. Since many people in the affected area voice a strong desire for swift construction of temporary housing, the project has drawn much attention as a unique attempt to quickly build temporary housing, at the same time to clear the debris and to facilitate local employment.

As for the building materials other than the panels, they try to adhere to locally sourced/processed products. The temporary house can be dismantled, stored, and reused afterwards.



About liz

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


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