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NSSMC to use faster way to build post disaster public housing
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Monday, 15 Oct 2012

Nikkei reported that Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation will use a proprietary construction method to quickly build post disaster public housing units in Kamaishi in Iwate Prefecture.

Many of those displaced by the Great East Japan Earthquake are still living in temporary housing. To remedy the situation, the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima aim to provide some 20,000 units of public housing. However, the reconstruction work in tsunami devastated areas has put both concrete and labor very much in short supply, hampering efforts to build the housing rapidly.

NSSMC, the world's second largest steelmaker, formed through merger of Nippon Steel Corporation and Sumitomo Metal Industries Limited, has developed a proprietary method to build the housing using panels made from a combination of thin steel sheets and wood for the walls and ceilings. With this technique, which uses less concrete and involves fewer steps, the company can build a housing complex in around five months, or just two thirds the time required for a building made using reinforced concrete.

As a first step, NSSMC will build four structures with a total of 54 units near its Kamaishi Steelworks in cooperation with group firm Nippon Steel Kowa Real Estate Co. Work began Wednesday and is expected to be completed by the end of next March, after which the housing will be sold to the city of Kamaishi.

The two companies will then work with the city to build 156 more public housing units in areas near the first project.

Source - Nikkei


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