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Another Midply Project Earns MLIT Award

Following the large 5 storey Midply building project that MLIT* awarded last year, another PFC project that features the use of Midply was selected as a winner of the same innovative wooden building design award competition for this year. … more

Midply Successfully Pre-Tests for a 2-Hour Fire Rating

Seeking to break through the 2 hour fire rating barrier, both the 2×4 and P&B sectors have started to conduct preliminary tests to assess the feasibility of achieving 2-hour fire resistive ministerial approvals. The 2-hour fire… more

Revision of Shear Wall Multiplier Notifications

Under the prescriptive building code in Japan, seismic resistivity of shear walls is indicated as shear wall multiplier in MLIT* notifications. As for the wall specifications not listed in the notifications, building material manufacturers… more

Medical Home Flower Search Obu

A beautifully designed and built large platform frame elderly care facility will open its doors in Obu, Aichi, Japan on May 5th, 2015. Obu is a city located in Aichi Prefecture with a population of approximately 90,000 and is bordered by… more

2×4 Fireproof Structures in Japan

The Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association reported another strong year for fireproof building approvals with 275 applications being processed for a combined total floor area of 88,240 m² for the fiscal year 2014 (289 units for an… more

Japan Economy, Housing and Lumber Shipments

Two Years On: Abenomics & Japan’s Aggressive Monetary Easing Program
In March of 2013 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tapped Haruhiko Kuroda to serve as the Bank of Japan’s Governor with a clear mandate to end the country’s… more

Largest Non-Res Project Builder Simulates Midply

Japan’s largest wooden building will be achieved by using a Canadian technology in Adachi Ward, Tokyo. This 9,023 m2 wooden elderly care facility with 5 storeys is the first case where a Japanese designer adopted a high… more

We Love 2×4

We all know Mitsui Home loves 2×4. Well I had a wonderful experience on Valentine’s Day that really reinforces the coined phrase the company has – We Love 2×4. You see my wife decided to take a day trip to Kamakura on… more

If you go down to Shiga Wood today . . .

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Do you remember that jingle? Well this time it goes something like this “If you go down to Shiga Wood today, you’re sure of a big surprise.” I’ve had many… more

Japan Economy, Housing Starts & Lumber Shipments

Japan’s Economy Lumbers Out of Recession
Following the consumption tax increase in April 2014, Japan fell into recession with the economy posting negative growth in the second and third quarters of 2014. However, the Cabinet Office… more

Canada builds new disability rehab centre in Japan

IWAKI CITY, FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE, JAPAN – A newly opened multi-purpose rehabilitation centre will serve disabled individuals living in the Tohoku region in Japan thanks to the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project.
The Jericho Support… more

Nursing Home Miyagidai Nanseien Opens

A beautiful designed and constructed elderly care facility showcasing the latest and greatest in 2×4 fireproof building technologies recently opened its doors on the outskirts of Tokyo. An opening ceremony was held to commemorate the… more

COFI 40th Anniversary Design Awards

The year 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the introduction of platform frame construction in Japan by Canada and establishment of COFI’s Japan office. Since its inception over 2.3 million 2×4 structures have been built and is… more

Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

LDP Approves Record High Budget for Fiscal 2015
Following a successful re-election bid in December, Shinzo Abe’s LDP government approved a record high 96.34 trillion yen (Approx CAD $963.4 Billion) budget in January. The government… more

Nursing Home in Miyazaki

Another 2×4 fireproof building is going up in Miyazaki Prefecture, which is located on the eastern coast of the island of Kyushu in southern Japan. It is the third 2×4 fireproof structure to be built in the prefecture, and as we… more