Starting in 2014 COFI commenced a joint project with the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association to develop a comprehensive design guide for large scale PFC buildings in Japan. In order to encourage new entrants into large scale 2×4… more
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The 2×4 building code was recently revised to permit a flexible design option long sought after by 2×4 architects.
The MLIT* Notifications 1540 and 1541, known as 2×4 building code, were revised on August 4th and enacted… more
Seminars in major Japanese cities commenced this month to explain the tips for designing and managing public/midrise PFC projects. Organized by the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association, the new seminar series utilizes the newly… more
As reported this past May, the first 6-storey PFC building earned the MLIT* innovative wooden building award. This building features Midply Wall System and was planned as a demonstration project in a Building Research Institute (BRI)… more
Japan Economic Update: Abenomics Part Two?
In September the LDP re-elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as party head, effectively extending his mandate. Following the controversial passage of national security legislation, the Prime… more
August marks the arrival of Matsuri or festivals in communities all across Japan. Just as thermometers surge into the to high 30s and the omnipresent cicadas stage a month long symphony of high pitched hissing, Japan gears up to party with… more
On June 18th, the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association held the annual general meeting (AGM) in Tokyo. Since Association’s establishment in 1976, they held keynote speeches ceremony at AGM for the first time. The theme of the… more
COFI’s lobbying activities has now yielded results; MLIT1) issued a notification on June 30 to announce design stresses of dimension lumber graded to the revised JAS600. The JAS600, Japanese Agricultural Standard for dimension lumber,… more
As previously reported in this blog, our P&B horizontal diaphragm design manual with dimension lumber has been positioned as an Annex to the Greybook, the bible for the P&B structural engineers. Our manual is equipped with an… more
As one of the Canada Wood market access projects for FY2015, COFI and the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association conducted series of 2-hour fire resistive tests for partition walls and floor assemblies in May and June. The success of… more