Canada Wood Nails It with NLT Demo Project

Shawn Lawlor

By: Shawn Lawlor

Managing Director, Canada Wood Japan/COFI Japan

On March 24th Canada Wood visited with representatives of Maeda Construction Co., Ltd to Chuto manufacturing plant in Ishikawa Prefecture to view production of NLT(Nail-laminated Timber) panel production. The NLT panels are being produced for a new Tokyo University of the Arts International Exchange Centre, a Canada Wood Demonstration Project, which is currently under construction in the Ueno Ward of Tokyo. The 5-storey midrise structure is a combination of steel frame and wooden post & beam elements with NLT floor diaphragms. The NLT panels will use approximately 85m3 of 2×6 SPF J Grade on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of the structure. The NLT floor panel use was made possible thanks to the joint effort by Council of Forestry Industries , Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association and MLIT in obtaining the NLT floor assembly fireproof approval in 2020. The Canada Wood team have been working with Maeda Construction since 2019 to realize this first large scale application of NLT construction in Japan.

Tokyo University of the Arts International Exchange Centre is Canada Wood Japan’s newest demonstration project funded by the government of Alberta to display the use of Nail-laminated Timber(NLT) use in large-scale public buildings. Extensive researches have been conducted prior to the project to determine the impacts of humidity and temperature conditions on the NLT floor assembly performance to confirm optimal design parameters suitable for Japan’s climate conditions.