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Nail Plate Truss Use Increasing in Post & Beam

In an encouraging trend, we have seen an increase in nail plate truss use in post and beam non-residential construction in Japan. On a recent trip to Hokkaido, Tokyo based staff had the opportunity to visit two post beam buildings with a… more

COFI Japan Renews JAS ROCB Status

Dated March 2nd, 2020, Canada Wood/COFI(Council of Forest Industries) Japan renewed our status as a Registered Overseas Certifying Body (ROCB) under the Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) accreditation system supervised by the Ministry… more

Corona Virus Japan Update

As of late March, Japan had a total of 1,905 cases of the Corona Virus – including 712 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise liner. The nation recorded 53 related deaths thus far. Currently, there are 15 clusters of patients nationwide:… more

Removing Barriers for NLT Use in Japan

COFI has been working with the Japan 2×4 Home Builder’s Association to facilitate the spread of large-scale wooden buildings using Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT) in horizontal diaphragms such as roof and floor structures.  This is… more

Japan November 2019 Non-Residential Starts

November wooden non-residential starts totaled 1,748 buildings for a floor area of 352,723m2. Non-residential wood use for the month is estimated roughly at 61,732m3. Wood held a market share of 38% by number of buildings and 12.1% by… more

Japan Housing Starts Summary for November 2019

November total housing starts dropped 12.7% to finish at 73,523 units for the fifth consecutive monthly decline. Owner occupied housing declined 7.3% and rental housing plunged 17.5% for the 15th consecutive monthly decline. If there was a… more

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