Encouraging Large Scale PFC Construction in the Nagoya Region
On May 19th Canada Wood’s Shawn Lawlor was invited to deliver a keynote speech at the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association Nagoya Branch annual general meeting. The presentation covered Canadian government and industry initiatives to encourage wood use in large scale and mid-rise wooden construction. The presentation covered the history of wooden mid-rise construction in Canada, the 2009 British Columbia Building Code revision permitting 5 and 6 storey mid-rise construction, case examples of numerous projects as well as an overview of the impact of B.C.’s Wood First Act. These trends in Canada were then related to the future market opportunity implications for the Japanese market. Canada Wood strategy to lead to the commercialization of 5 and 6 storey wood frame construction was explained along with the details of the technical program being undertaken to address seismic and fire related issues for mid-rise construction in Japan. Many audience participants commented after the presentation that they were encouraged and pleased that Canada continued to focus technical development investments in the Japanese market – particularly in light of recent sluggish housing market conditions.