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Five-storey Office Building in Kyoto

An attractively designed wooden office building was one of eight projects recently selected and received recognition last month for “COFI Midrise Wood Building Design Award”. Not only is the project unique that it is 5-storey 2×4… more

NLT WG Upgraded to a Technical Committee

In fiscal 2017, the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association conducted the char margin fire tests under the Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) Working Group.  With increasing interest in the market potential of NLT, the Association decided that… more

Canada Wood Launches Midply Promotions Campaign

During the first quarter Canada Wood commenced our branding and promotions campaign to raise awareness about the Midply high performance shear wall system. Thanks to multiple years of technical development work we anticipate ministerial… more

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Japan Housing Starts Summary for January 2018

Total housing starts dropped 13.2% to 66,358 units in January. In particular, non-wood construction fell significantly while wooden housing largely held its own. The mansion condominium starts fell 50.2%, dragging down the non-wood starts… more

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Japan Economic Update

Japan has been experiencing the longest period of uninterrupted growth since the 1980s, however, recent indicators possibly point to some rough sailing ahead. Exports have posted 15 consecutive months of growth, registering a 1.8% gain in… more

COFI Midrise Wood Building Design Awards

To accelerate the adoption and expand awareness of 2×4 midrise wood construction projects (4-storeys or higher) in Japan. In a first of its kind, COFI Tokyo conducted a wood midrise design competition with support of Japanese… more

Japan Housing Starts 2017 Year End Review

Considering that only a few years ago Japanese economists had previously expected housing starts to fall to the 800,000 mark by 2017, last year’s results of 964,041 units were indicative of continued building sector strength. The 2017… more

Tokachi 2×4 Association 40th Anniversary Tour Mission

To commemorate its 40th anniversary and further strengthen our ties with the Tokachi 2×4 Home Builders Association (twenty-three-member companies) COFI and the Alberta Government cohosted a tour mission with eleven delegates from this… more

Mitsui Home Hokkaido’s New Sapporo Office Building

A positive trend for wood construction in Japan being more and more companies are expanding their business models beyond designing and building residential homes. “We Love 2×4” has been a long-time moto for years for Mitsui Home… more

Promoting 2×4 Midrise in Japan

On January 23rd Canada Wood’s Shawn Lawlor was invited to deliver a presentation on PFC Midrise construction trends in Canada as part of a symposium for architects and builders. The symposium was sponsored by Hasebe Corporation, a… more

NLT Char Margin Test Successful

Increased attention is being paid to Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) in wooden building industry in Japan.  As opposed to fire resistive PFC buildings, where wooden structures are cladded with gypsum boards, NLT presents an opportunity to… more

Doggy’s Island Resort & Villa Update

Construction continues as Unimat Group’s expands its Koyarunosato Doggy’s Island Resort & Villa property on the outskirts of Tokyo in Yachimata City, Chiba Prefecture. The last time COFI staff visited the site was when BC Minister… more

Japan Economic Update: What’s Not to Like?

A series of positive economic indicators are boosting Japan’s prospects for prosperous 2018. With the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe government now at its five-year mark, Japan is currently in its second longest growth phase since the end of… more

Canada Wood Japan Hosts Korean Architect’s Delegation

Between October 23rd and 24th Canada Wood Japan hosted a Korean delegation of architects led by Canada Wood Country Director Tai Jeong. A total of 14 participants attended a two-day program which included a series of Canada Wood Japan… more

Four-storey 2×4 Office Building

Yamanishi, is a lumber and component company that operates in and around Aichi Prefecture where its head office is located, Nagoya City. The company is now constructing a new office building for its Yatomi Home Component Division in Yatomi… more