Sustainable Houses in Japan: An Overview

  • Miwako Nakamura


This chapter focuses on the sustainable housing in the tropical region of Japan.

It starts with the history of sustainable housing in Japan, followed by the specific look into techniques found in traditional housing in the tropical region of Japan where the climate is hot-humid and their adaptation to modern sustainable housing.


Japanese House Tropical region Hot-humid climate Energy-saving CO2 emission 



This article is based on the survey documents of sustainable housings in Japan according to architectural magazines and the actual investigation of Japanese sustainable housings, built since 1970 to the present, by the author [1].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miwako Nakamura
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  1. 1.MW Ecological DesignTokyoJapan

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