Call for donations for the earthquake victims in Japan

Just over one month ago, Japan was hit by one of the worst catastrophes in its history.

The earthquake, the subsequent tsunami and the ongoing nuclear threat at the reactor in Fukushima have left more than 300,000 homeless. With many forced to take refuge in camps set up in gymnasiums and other public buildings, the Japanese government has announced the immediate construction of 6,000 emergency living quarters. On 5 April 2011, the first 36 units were erected. Another 1,200 units made of steel with single pain windows and a maximum of 50mm of insulation are currently under construction. Years could pass before the government manages to provide all of the necessary emergency homes.

PASSIVE HOUSE JAPAN would like to help provide accommodation for as many in north-eastern Japan as possible. It is important that the approach used focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, as these homes are only temporary will eventually be torn down.

PASSIVE HOUSE JAPAN, in cooperation with the Tohoku University of Art and Design, has developed a cedar wood modular unit that provides more comfort than the steel barracks currently being constructed. These modular units are fully “made in Japan”, and thus help facilitate a return to normality for the tsunami victims. These modular units can either be installed within gymnasiums, giving victims a much needed sense of privacy, or may be used as free standing homes.

One modular unit for indoor use with wood flooring and walls costs about €1500. A unit set up for outdoor use costs approximately €3500, complete with roofing, wooden window frames and 80mm of insulation between the timber framing.

I would therefore ask you to donate directly to PASSIVE HOUSE JAPAN, as the money received by the Japanese Red Cross will only go towards the purchase of appliances such as water boilers and microwaves for the victims.

Please help Japan rebuild itself with its own resources and boost its energy independence, thereby also reducing its reliance on nuclear energy!


Miwa Mori

Director of Passive House Japan
Visiting professor at the Tohoku University of Art & Design

2-2-2 Ohmachi, Kamakura
248-0006 Kanagawa JAPAN
Tel +81(0)467 39 5031

Bank details for donations:
Account holder: Passive House Japan
Account number: 0044710
Bank: The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd.
Branch: Kamakura Branch
(An IBAN is not needed for transfers to Japanese accounts!)

A list of all donors will be published on our website.

Jörg Heil would be happy to answer any questions you many have via email at

For more information about wooden frame, please check these pictures of this page.