Canada Wood Today | The Canada Wood Group

P&B Fire Resistive Buildings Growing Steadily

Hidehiko Fumoto

By Hidehiko Fumoto

Deputy Director and Manager Technical Services, Canada Wood Japan

August 4, 2016

fumotoThe Post & Beam sector in Japan is enjoying a steady increase in fire resistive building starts.  Japan Wooden Home Association (WHA) announced the latest statistics indicating the significant growth of the buildings with the fire resistivity.  According to WHA, the monthly fire resistive starts in June of this year achieved 51, which is the highest number ever recorded.  Accumulative starts up to of June this year has reached 1864, among which 1369 are projects in the Tokyo area.  With the fire resistive specifications, wooden buildings can be located in any fire protective districts no matter what the usage of a building may be.  The starts of Tokyo reflects the zone distribution as fire protective districts that are dominant in Tokyo.  WHA is the biggest housing organization representing the P&B sector with a total of 560 member companies.  The members of the organization are mainly house builders, but also consist of architect offices, building material manufactures and distributors.  COFI has been the main member of the fire subcommittee in the WHA.  We have been told this accomplishment in the recent subcommittee meeting.