The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

NPO Network Construction System (NCS)

Survey on damage to old houses in the Kesen District and reconstruction workshop

Activity grant

Project Description

We will support efforts to carry on the regional history and culture of the Kesen District of Iwate Prefecture as old houses in with architectural value are beginning to decay with the passing of time. Specifically, we conduct measurements on groups of old houses, and depending on the damage status, we then conduct surveys assuming repair methods or reconstruction at a different site, or surveys assuming extraction of old materials and repurposing in other buildings if the damage cannot be responded to through repairs. Based on the survey results, we conduct workshops in order to present to the local government and residents what kind of proposals are possible for reconstruction and community building.

Grant year
FY2012 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years and 6 months
April 2012 - September 2014
Grant amount
3,723,000 yen
Activity region
Rikuzentakata City and Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
A finish demonstrating the high skill level of carpenters in the Kesen District

Overview of the Organization

Yasuhiro Yamashita, Director
Yasuhiro Yamashita, Director
Establishment year
Establishment purpose
Gather information and conduct analysis on architecture, the environment, and technologies broadly for the general public, companies, and government; build up networks linking a variety of fields in order to create high-quality residence and next-generation environmentally-friendly buildings; and expand these networks throughout Japan and overseas. The purpose is to conduct a wide range of activities in the public interest, and to broadly spread high-quality, reasonably-priced housing and next-generation environmentally-friendly buildings in order to contribute to the conservation of the environment including reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.
Main activity areas
Iwate-ken, Miyagi Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture, Tokyo, Shimane Prefecture, Korea, Russia, Ethiopia
Number of staff members
1 full-time staff member, 9 part-time staff members
Annual operating budget
20.96 million yen in 2009, 27.97 million yen in 2010, 14.87 million yen in 2011
WEB site
Collaborating organizations
Ito Kazuhisa Laboratory, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Atelier Tekuto Co., Ltd.
Main activities
  • (1) Research on soil blocks as construction material
  • (2) Earthquake assistance through the construction of warehouses, etc. using soil block construction
  • (3) Survey for saving old houses and reconstruction at a different site
  • (4) Earthquake assistance using newly designed and constructed :trailer homes