About this project

shiga eco house.jpgThis blog documents the building of a low impact (eco-friendly) house in Shiga, Japan. This involves designing and building a house in a way that minimises the amount of embedded energy (resources) used in building, and then heating, cooling and maintaining the building once it is finished.

Most of the information on our plans for the house are shown here: Key Features . So far these include:

Local and/or recycled wood
Compost toilet
Triple-glazed windows
Grey-water recycling and rainwater capture (harvesting)
Solar PV
Solar water heater
Air-source heat pump
Wood stove
Materials: recycled, non-hazardous, or otherwise low impact alternatives
Highest performance floor, wall, and roof insulation
Green (living) roof
Wind turbine
Kitchen Pantry

Updates on the project are included in this blog and photo galleries of each phase of the project.


3 Responses to About this project

  1. Vividhunter says:

    Hi, I live in Shiga, in Hikone, and I’d love to come and see your project in action if possible?


    • ifd66 says:

      Thanks for your interest. I tried to reply yesterday but I don’t think it got sent – still getting to know WordPress. I hope people will come and see the house so once it gets started this spring please feel welcome. Did I meet you last Autumn at a local market/eco gathering near Makino – I remember meeting a foreigner who lived in Hikone. Again thanks for your interest – I hope I can post useful information throughout the rest of this project and beyond.


      • Vividhunter says:

        No, not me ^^ But thanks, I look forward to coming and seeing what you’re doing! If there’s any interesting eco stuff – markets etc going on, I hope you blog about that too! How long have you been in Japan? You mentioned having 5 weeks holiday – are you teaching at the same time?

        My Japan blog is at http://www.wherenextjapan.com – hopefully we can meet up sometime.


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