UK arrivals

Over the Christmas I went to the UK and bought building supplies for the project to be sent back to Japan by shipping container. This was after months of researching on the Internet various options that would help realise the aim of building a low impact house. Although of course there would be a carbon footprint attached to the shipping, most items were either unavailable in Japan, with no Japan made equivalent or just too expensive.  As an example of the former; external doors that are highly insulating. Items that were prohibitively expensive in Japan, and ultimately, in most cases, made outside Japan included triple glazed skylights which are about three times the cost and come from Denmark.DSC_0086

So price, cost, and quality were the basis of the purchases. Items which could be bought in Japan have been – such as Japanese wood cladding. Other items included paints with very low or zero volatile organic compounds – or VOCs i.e. formaldehyde, Super Quilt insulation for the roof, walls and floor, water butts (collectors) – up to 10 times cheaper!, and wood burning stove.

In addition to the link Key Features,  later posts will also give more details on why these were chosen but als always any questions or comments about them would be greatly received.

Here are photos of the container arriving and being unloaded


About ifd66

From UK and living in Japan. I am very interested in sustainable development and in general ecology and conservation issues and solutions. Finished building a low impact family house in Shiga, Japan in 2013 and am now focused on using permaculture to develop our plot of land into a more sustainable, productive, and attractive space. My hope is that this blog is useful to those interested in similar issues and way of life.
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4 Responses to UK arrivals

  1. Robin Trouchet says:

    Well done, Iain – your project is an inspiration – I hope to many!
    love to you both


  2. Paul Churton says:

    Hi Iain so finally the stuff has arrived on your door step. Luckily you are not building in New Zealand or that stuff would all be lifted over night. Assuming there are no property raids in Shiga, I wonder if you wood burner is a double burning low emissions one? Paul

    Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:27:19 +0000 To:


    • ifd66 says:

      Hi Paul,
      Yes I think so – but called clean burn by the company. If it is the same, air is superheated before being flushed down into the main fire chamber. This, they claim, keeps the glass and flue much cleaner and reduces emissions. It’s also a multi-fuel stove so if we are desperate for wood can burn the subsidised stove pellets made of waste wood.


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