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August 2020 Japan Residential Housing and Non-residential Starts

Shawn Lawlor

By Shawn Lawlor

Managing Director, Canada Wood Japan

November 3, 2020

August 2020 Japan Housing Starts

Sluggish market conditions continued to prevail in August as total housing starts fell 9.1% year over year to finish at 69,101 units. Owner occupied housing declined 8.8% and rental housing fell 5.4%. The mansion condominium market fell 7.7%. Wooden housing fell 12% to 38,410 units. Post and beam starts fell 11.2% to 29,952 units. Wooden prefab increased 1.6% to 973 units. Platform frame starts dropped 16.6% to 7,485 units. By housing type, the breakdown in platform starts is as follows: custom ordered homes dropped 14.5% to 2,328 units, rentals declined 15.3% to 4,371 units and built for sale spec homes decreased 27.2% to 778 units.


August 2020 Non-Residential Construction

August wooden non-residential starts totaled 1,508 buildings for a floor area of 312,088m2. Non-residential wood use for the month is estimated roughly at 54,615m3. By the number of total non-residential buildings wood’s market share increased to 41%, however, by floor area wood accounted for 10.3%. By usage elderly, medical care and social welfare facilities topped the list, followed by agricultural buildings and mixed residential and commercial buildings. Year to date non-residential construction is down by 13.2%.