Japanese Government Portal Site Features WOOD WORKS! Video

Shawn Lawlor

By: Shawn Lawlor

Managing Director, Canada Wood Japan/COFI Japan

In an effort to grow the medium-sized and large-scale wooden buildings sector, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation (MLIT) and the Forestry Agency of Japan jointly have developed a portal site (https://mokuzouportal.jp/) to target and influence local governments, general contractors, architects, engineers and home builders.

The website secretariat selected a video series originally developed by WoodWorks! BC to be featured on the site. Subtitled in Japanese, the video series “Mid-rise Constructions in BC – Past, Present, Future” provides a complete overview of the history, benefits, methods, case studies and trends of mid-rise wood-frame construction. Click below links to view the videos:

Part 1    History of Wood Construction and Forest Management in B.C.

Part 2    Mid-Rise Construction in B.C.

Part 3    Wood Design and Construction in Mid-Rise and Mass Timber Buildings

Part 4    A Mass Timber Building Case Study: Design and Construction Details of the Earth Systems Science Building, University of British Columbia

Part 5    Future of Mid-Rise and Mass Timber Wood Construction in B.C.

Growing demand for mid-rise buildings, including apartments and condominiums, seniors living, affordable, and mixed-use commercial/residential developments,  is a significant opportunity for Canadian wood products. Canada Wood Japan leverages the promotion of complementary building innovations such as nail-laminated timber (NLT) and MidplyTM shearwall as a market entry strategy. Our current efforts, emulating the successful market development strategy employed for the 2×4 sector, include working with regulators, offering research and technical support and conducting trials, demonstrations, and ongoing promotion.