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Discover Hotel Kyoto Nagaokakyo

As a sign of a changing era, on September 3, 2019, a 5-story building “Hotel Discover Kyoto Nagaoka” opened on the doorstep of Japan’s famous old capital Kyoto. As we know in North America it is quite common to see 3-stories… more

COFI’s Technical Manager Receives MLIT Award

Hidehiko Fumoto of the BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) was honoured on October 12 with the Housing Bureau Director General Award from Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for contributions to the Japanese… more

Non-Residential Wood Opportunities in Osaka Region

On September 20th and 21st NRCan Director, Jeff Biggs visited the Osaka region with Canada Wood’s Shawn Lawlor to learn further about market opportunities for non-residential wooden construction. Pictured above, we visited the Osaka… more

2×4 Site Visits in Hakodate

COFI received a unique request from a former seminar participant attending a 2×4 non-residential seminar in Kobe on November 10, 2017. The request was to show a group of 16 architects 2×4 sites in Hokkaido. The group, including… more

NLT Structural Evaluation in Progress

We understand that North American building codes do not require any special evaluation procedures such as “alternative solutions” when a designer wishes to use NLT as a structural member.  In Japan, this is partially true, but the… more

MLIT Evaluation Body Certifies High Performance Midply

In recent years Canada Wood has been developing infill Midply shear wall systems to target increased market penetration of Canadian structural wood components in post and beam construction. We have recently attained an important milestone… more

NLT Roof Structure Fire Tests Successful

As part of our current market access technical development projects, COFI and the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association are aiming to obtain the ministerial approval of floor/roof diaphragms made from dimension based Nail-Laminated… more

Canada Wood University Lecture on Global Wood Trends

On June 25th, Canada Wood Japan’s Shawn Lawlor delivered a lecture on sustainable green building at Showa Women’s University Department of Architecture. A total of 89 undergraduate students attended the lecture. The topics included an… more

A Tokyo Tradition: Canada Wood Shipper’s Meetings

COFI shippers got together at Canada Wood Tokyo office on June 19th to review recent market access and market development topics.  Canada Wood Tokyo Office hosts these shipper’s meetings approximately 4 times a year for Tokyo based… more

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Wood Terrace in Heart of Tokyo

The next time you, or someone you know is in Tokyo, head for “The Farm Tokyo” to relax and unwind in a unique natural outdoor space in the heart of this big metropolis. This newly constructed open-air terrace cleverly uses Canadian… more

Full Scale 3-Storey Wooden School Building Fire Test on February 22, 2012 in Tsukuba

MLIT Streamlining Fire Regulations for Wooden Buildings

As reported in this blog in August 2018, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) amended the Building Standard Law to streamline fire-related regulations for wooden buildings. One of the streamlined requirements… more

Midply Dealer Network

Canada Wood has been working on gathering manufacturing partners of Midply panels and making a list of Midply dealer network. We had seminars and held workshops about Midply last fiscal year and understood what kinds of support or… more