TOKYO (Nikkei)–A growing number of local governments are signing procurement contracts for temporary wooden houses to prepare for such calamities as earthquakes and typhoons.
After the Great East Japan Earthquake a year ago, the sheer number of displaced people resulted in a shortage of prefabricated homes, which are the most common type of temporary housing. So temporary wood-frame houses were built in parts of Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures.
- Better than a tent.
Wood-frame homes take about a month to build, a week longer than for prefabs. But they cost around 5.8 million yen per unit, lower than the roughly 6 million yen for typical prefabs.
Last September, a trade organization to promote the supply of wood-frame homes was established. Twenty-seven prefectural governments have already reached emergency procurement contracts with the organization, or are considering doing so. Saitama Prefecture is expected to sign a deal on March 29.