2×4 Fireproof Structures in 2015
There were 285 platform frame construction (PFC) fireproof building approvals processed in fiscal 2015 by the Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association for a combined total floor area of 79,475 m², an increase of 4% compared to the previous period. In terms of total floor area though, it actual decreased by about 10% from the previous fiscal year, which recorded a combined total floor area of 88,240 m² for the period. The reason for an increase in the number of applications leading to a decrease in the total floor between years was due to the fact that the numbers of non-residential buildings (25 units) were smaller in size compared to the previous fiscal year, amounting to combined total floor area 24,383 m² in the table below.
Since COFI and the Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association received a platform frame fireproof ministerial approval from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in 2004, a cumulative total of 2,886 applications (1,823 Detached Single-Family Applications / 844 Multi-Family applications / 199 Non-Residential Applications) have been processed for a combined total building floor area of 729,611 m² worth of fireproof buildings in Japan. The cumulative total of elderly care homes, nurseries and medical facilities now stands at 150 projects. For fiscal 2015 the total number of care homes, nurseries and medical buildings was 17.