The Eco-no-Mori House opened in 2003 as a hub for disseminating information on "Forest of Toyota" activities.
The House can be used to learn about global environmental problems and lifestyles that make use of the power of plants (biomass) as well as Forest of Toyota initiatives.
Exterior of the Satoyama Learning
Center Eco-no-Mori House
Entrance and open deck
|Hours||Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (last admission at 4:00 p.m.)|
|Closed||Saturdays, Sundays, and during company holiday periods|
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Compared to steel and reinforced concrete structures, wooden structures require little energy and generate low amounts of carbon dioxide during construction and maintenance and are well known for their low environmental impact. In addition, the Eco-no-Mori House was built using local materials region with the aim of reducing environmental impact during transport.
Materials produced by the forest are used to fuel the kitchen stove, hearth, wood-burning stove, stone hearth, and stone kiln. Pellet stoves burn wood pellets produced by compressing sawdust, bark, and other materials. Wood biomass is attracting attention as a renewable and green resource.
In the total area of 45-hectare (112-acre), the 15-hectare (37-acre) model forest has been maintained by dividing into 3 zones: Zone A for forestry, Zone B for conservation, and Zone C for utilization. Experiments in forestry know-how which was developed at the model forest and other ecology attempts has been conducted in the other 30-hectare (75-acre) forest.
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