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 floor area for the month. By usage elderly, medical care and social welfare facilities topped the list, followed by agricultural buildings and mixed residential-commercial. For the first 11 months of 2019, we are seeing a trend of year over year decline in total number of buildings and floor area of approximately 10%. However, wooden construction is showing gains in market share rising from 9.5 to 9.9% year over year for the first 11 months of 2019.