Video Clips Showcase Wooden Factories Being Built in Japan

By: Kevin Bews

SPF Manager, Canada Wood Japan

Canada Wood staff recently completed two new multimedia video clips on building wooden factories – to add to our growing video library collection on our YouTube channel that promote the design and construction of non-residential wooden buildings in Japan. To do this we teamed up with ARCHIVISION21 to show case their state-of-the-art prefabricated modular factory 6,564 m2 constructed in Chitose, Hokkaido. The company chose to construct a building using prefabricated nail plate roof trusses—1,758 in total—manufactured off-site with 228 m³ of Canadian S-P-F dimension lumber. The reason: construction precision and speed. Because, when designing and constructing three one-storey post-and-beam structures that are each 131 m long and 16 m wide, it is a big job, and things need to be completed on time and efficiently.

ARCHIVISION21 Factory in Chitose, Hokkaido

For the second video we worked with Shiga Wood to feature Kowa Manufacturing’s factory, warehouse, and office building in the town of Tarui, Gifu Prefecture. This company specializes in aluminum product design and production and built a two-storey L-shaped structure covers a total floor area of 2,500 m² and utilizes 326 m³ of lumber and engineered wood products in its construction – with the project’s carbon storage equivalent is estimated to be 240 tons of CO2.

This wooden factory was constructed with LVL trusses were combined with 2×10 S-P-F dimension lumber as rafters and sheathed with plywood. This design enabled impressive spans of 16.3 m and 25.4 m for the building. The walls, on the other hand, were framed using 2×8 S-P-F dimension lumber and sheathed with OSB.

Kowa Manufatcturing in Tarui, Gifu

Working in partnership with key customers to feature their work is a win-win situation for both us and them. Not only does it encourage them to continue to build these types and projects and use Canadian wood products, it also is an excellent way educate other building professionals in Japan and provides concrete examples of what types of structures can be built and how. The Japanese video clips range in length from around 3 to 5 minutes and are based on interviews and feedback we received from the building’s owners and design team on why they choose wood buildings – outlining the advantages and benefits of doing so. Click on respective links included to watch and do not forget to give us a thumbs up if you like what you see!!