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Midply Makes It’s Debut at the Green Book Seminars

Hidehiko Fumoto

By Hidehiko Fumoto

Deputy Director and Manager Technical Services, Canada Wood Japan

January 2, 2019

As reported in this blog in August 2018, the Midply Wall System has been officially positioned in the Japanese PFC building code by means of a revision to the “Green Book” structural design manual. Local building officials refer to this structural design manual publication as a basis for approval when they issue building permits. This is the first update of the Green Book since 2007 and the manual revisions contained therein are designed to facilitate the use of PFC in large scale and midrise construction. On November 8th, the first seminar took place in Tokyo to explain the overview of the Green Book revisions. The turnout was approximately 400. This was one of the 11 seminars that are scheduled to take place in major cities across the country. The seminar consisted of 4 sections; 2×4 building code revisions, structure, fire and building materials. In the structural section, Dr. Naoto Kawai, a noted wooden structural expert, served as a lecturer. He made a presentation using PowerPoint slides. Out of 108 slides in the PowerPoint presentation he showed, 11 slides were used to explain the newly introduced Midply Wall System. These seminars are being conducted by the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association. They are expected to raise industry awareness about this next generation Canadian shear wall building solution.