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Improvements in the Earthquake Resistance of Wooden Houses and Condominiums

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‘Condominium Building with Improved Disaster Preparedness in Sendai the City of Trees’ Certificate‘Condominium Building with Improved
Disaster Preparedness in Sendai the
City of Trees’ Certificate

In the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Disaster of 1995, wooden houses built according to the pre-1981 building standard, were seriously damaged, leading to the loss of many lives. Learning from this disaster experiences, the City of Sendai has been improving the earthquake-resilience of city-owned buildings (about 99% completed as of the end of 2018), as well as conducting diagnoses of earthquake-resilience and subsidizing fees for renovation of wooden houses and condominiums. We also offer advice based on the findings of the diagnoses of earthquake-resilience.

Under this program, 2,234 wooden houses and two condominium buildings have had their earthquake-resilience improved in the 15 years between 2004 and 2018.

Improvements in the disaster preparedness of condominiums

In 2013, Sendai City set up a “Certification program for apartment buildings with improved disaster preparedness in Sendai – the City of Trees.” in order to enhance disaster risk reduction activities in apartment buildings and improve the disaster risk reduction performances and buildings. The city also formulated “Guidelines for creating a disaster preparedness manual for apartment buildings,” which is used as reference when an apartment
builidng association of owners makes rules for disaster preparedness and prevention.

Inquiries Improvements in the earthquake
resistance of wooden houses:
Construction Guidance Section,
Urban Planning Bureau
tos009420@city.sendai.jp
Improvements in the earthquake resistance
and disaster preparedness of condominiums:
Housing Policies Section,
Urban Planning Bureau
tos009430@city.sendai.jp

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