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MLIT Officers Visit Wooden 6-Storey Residences in Vancouver

Hidehiko Fumoto

By Hidehiko Fumoto

Deputy Director and Manager Technical Services, Canada Wood Japan

October 11, 2016

Building officials from Japan visit Wesbrook Village on the UBC campus.

Building officials from Japan visit Wesbrook Village on the UBC campus.

To support the development of midrise wood construction in Japan, Canada Wood’s Fumoto-san led a group of building officials from Japan, who participated in the Canada-US-Japan trilateral meetings in Montreal September 26 to 28, on a recent visit to Wesbrook Village at the University of British Columbia campus – a typical wood 6-storey residential community.  Up until recently 6-storey wood buildings were impossible in Japan due to the 2-hour fire resistive performance requirement. But thanks to the joint efforts of COFI and the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association conducting a series of fire testing, we have successfully obtained the 2-hour fire resistive approvals from Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). Now that the 2-hour fire resistive approvals have been obtained, it is extremely important to educate code and building officials on the popularity of midrise wood buildings in Canada. The visitors to Wesbrook Village included the Director of Wood Housing Promotion Office in MLIT and Chief Research Engineer of Department of Fire Engineering in Building Research Institute.