The government this week began accepting applications for its housing eco-point program to help support the reconstruction effort in the devastated Tohoku region.
To be eligible, new homes must have been built after Oct 21, 2011, and they must meet certain energy-saving criteria. Houses that have been refurbished since Nov 21, 2011, must show that they are eco-friendly to be eligible for points, TBS reported. Owners of new and refurbished homes will be eligible to receive points equivalent to 300,000 yen per unit in disaster-stricken areas and 150,000 yen in other areas.
Half the points must be redeemed for specified local products or to pay for additional construction costs, according to the government. Applications are being accepted until April 2013 for new homes, and January 2013 for refurbished homes.© Japan Today