Japan’s Growing Interest in 2×4 Midrise Construction
On October 12th the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association held a major symposium on “The results of technical test program work on the 6 storey 2×4 demonstration project in Tsukuba”. The symposium venue was filled to capacity with 200 structural engineers, builders, architects and academics attended the symposium which covered various technical test work that is being conducted on the Tsukuba 6 storey test project to confirm performance of midrise construction in Japan.
Leading researchers and academics covered topics such as vertical shrinkage in 6 storey wood frame construction, seismic testing, sound abatement performance among other topics. Case studies in Japanese mid-rise projects were presented and Shawn Lawlor of Canada Wood delivered a presentation on midrise trends in Canada in order to further encourage the spread of midrise platform frame construction in Japan.