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Canadian OSB and SPF Utilized to Construct Vegetable Factory

Scott Anderson

By Scott Anderson

November 5, 2018

As part of the APA “Canadian OSB Users Newsletter” project, our consultant and I recently visited a housing company in Kanagawa Prefecture to interview them about a 1-storey wooden factory building that will produce organic leaf vegetables for restaurants and supermarkets in the Tokyo area. By analyzing changing demographics and economic conditions, and with climate change impacting outdoor crop production, the housing company decided to strategically shift into this new business – industrialized farming – by owning and operating this plant, called World Farm.

This non-residential platform-frame construction structure in Sagamihara City used both Canadian OSB and SPF dimension lumber to achieve a seismically resistant, highly insulated air-tight structure. The housing company President commented that only a wooden structure (vs. steel or concrete) could create a safe, stress free environment for growing vegetables, which are living organisms. For this reason, he believed a wooden structure would offer a much more productive environment than other types of structures and since the plants would not be exposed to the elements they would be able to sustainably supply vegetables throughout the year.

The project has a floor area of 1,515 m² and used platform-frame wall panels constructed with 9 mm 3×10 Canadian OSB and 2×6 SPF lumber. The panels were provided by a local plant and the wood trusses from a Tokyo based truss manufacturer.

The excellent cost performance of long-length Canadian OSB allowed for cost savings that the they believe will help achieve a project that is within budget. Further, the strong message about the low environmental footprint and environmentally sustainable attributes of Canadian wood products will allow them to positively promote the vegetables produced in this building.