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BEC/JTC Delegates Visit Midply Job Site

Shawn Lawlor

By Shawn Lawlor

Director, Canada Wood Japan

October 5, 2015

BEC2The Building Experts Committee (BEC) and JAS Technical Committee meetings are the Canada-US-Japan trilateral meetings held annually to discuss technical issues in the building codes and JAS accreditation/standard system.  The meetings were held in Tokyo this year from 14th to 15th of September.  As one of this year’s site tours organized following the meetings, delegates from three countries visited a framing job site featuring the Midply Wall System, a Canadian technology transfer project to Japan. This is BECthe first time Midply has been used in the Japanese market, thanks to a multi-year COFI research and development initiative aiming at the commercialization of Midply in Japan.  The structure’s ground level storey is made of reinforced concrete. When we visited the site wall framing of the second floor was under way. The delegation team witnessed the large vertical diaphragms composed of two layers of double–Midply.  As reported in this blog on November 4, 2014, this site is going to be the largest fire resistive wood frame building in Japan when completed.  The MLIT has given an award to this Midply building project as a winner of the innovative wooden building design competition.  This project is a 5-storey elderly care facility in Adachi Ward of Tokyo with the total floor area of 9,789 m2.  Primary design work was done by MEDOX and Nihon System Sekkei did the structural engineering.  The building contractor is Mitsui Home.