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Housing & Non-Residential Starts Reports for June and July

Shawn Lawlor

By Shawn Lawlor

Managing Director, Canada Wood Japan

November 7, 2019

Japan Housing Starts Summary for June 2019

 

Total housing starts for June posted a small 0.2% increase to finish at 81,451 units. While owner occupied housing continued its 9th consecutive monthly gain, rental housing fell for the 10th straight month. Total wooden housing increased 3.9% to 48,071 units and total wooden floor area gained an impressive 9.1% thanks to the relative strength of single family housing. Post and beam starts improved 5.1% to 36,832 units. Wooden pre-fab increased 4.2% to 1,212 units. Platform frame starts declined 0.6% to 10,027 units. By housing type, the breakdown in platform starts is as follows: custom ordered homes increased 7.8% to 3,151 units, rentals declined 6.8% to 5,680 units and built for sale spec homes increased 12.9% to 1,189 units.

 

Japan Housing Starts Summary for July 2019

 

July total housing starts declined 4.1% to 79,232 units. Owner occupied housing increased 3.3% for the 10th consecutive monthly gain. Rental housing fell 15.2% for the 11th consecutive drop. Total wooden housing fell 1.3% to 46,344 units, but increased 2.9% by floor area. Post and beam starts fell 0.4% to 35,916 units. Wooden pre-fab dropped 4.6% to 1,060 units. Platform frame starts declined 4.1% to 9,368 units. By housing type, the breakdown in platform starts is as follows: custom ordered homes declined 4.5% to 2,888 units, rentals declined 7.6% to 5,199 units and built for sale spec homes increased 13.2% to 1,259 units.

 

June 2019 Non-Residential Starts

 

June wooden non-residential starts totaled 1,840 buildings for a floor area of 344,433m2. Estimated wood use for the month was approximately 60,276m3. By number of overall buildings wood held a share of 36% and by floor area wood accounted for 9.7% of construction. In terms of overall floor area and market share of non-residential, wooden construction has been gradually increasing in the first 6 months of 2019.

 

July 2019 Non-Residential Starts

 

Wooden non-residential starts posted a solid month for July with a total of 1,858 buildings for a floor area of 384,877m2. Estimated wood use for the month increased to roughly 67,353m3. Wood held a market share of 35% by number of buildings and 9.8% by floor area. By usage elderly, medical care and social welfare facilities topped the list, followed by agricultural buildings and mixed residential-commercial.