Awareness Growing of Midrise Wooden Buildings in Japan
Japan’s nationwide newspaper the Nikkei reported April 25th about the growth of midrise wooden building construction in Japan. It indicated a 7-storey wooden building was completed in late March in Sendai City (photo). In the autumn of this year another 12-storey building will be completed in Ginza, the fanciest shopping area in Tokyo. The article highlights the midrise wooden buildings in the context of global decarbonization efforts . The Sendai building was designed and built by Shelter, an innovative wooden builder in Yamagata City. The company holds the 3-hour fire-resistive ministerial approval for its wooden structural elements.
The article also features an interview with Shuzo Kuma, an advisor for Tokyo Marine Nichido, a fire insurance company. He emphasizes how midrise wooden buildings contribute to absorbing greenhouse emissions and the necessity of harvesting matured trees and raising younger trees.
As Nikkei is a highly reputable media provider, this article can be expected to trigger additional major media coverage promoting wooden midrise to the general public.