Energy Conservation Policy for Housing

Last updated: 19 April 2019
The Japanese government adopted the "Basic Program for Housing" on 19 September 2006, planning to improve housing standards over the next 10 years. The plan was presented by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) on 28 June 2006 based on the current Basic Act for Housing, which has been in effect since 8 June 2006.
The Ministry has clear targets for housing by 2015. Building efficiency in two of the four target areas:
3) 40 percent of housing should adopt energy saving measures, for example double-paned windows (18% as of 2003);
4) to increase the life span of housing to about 40 years (about 30 years as of 2003).
By regularly analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of the project using target assessment indicators, the Ministry intends to reappraise and modify the plan in five years based on the effectiveness of these measures and changes in social conditions.

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