The Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association reports a record 18 fireproof approval applications for elderly care related projects in the first eight months of 2013. Compared to 13 approvals for the same period last year – that’s a notable year on year increase of over 30 percent.
In fact the total number of 2×4 fireproof applications for seniors facilities for the 2012 calendar year stood at 19 projects, which was nearly equaled in January - August, 2013. There is no question that the imminent consumption sales tax increase in Japan has not lent a helping hand to achieve this new record number of projects in this short period of time, but the growth trend is also underpinned by a mounting demand and interest in having these types of projects built in PFC by owners and operators of these facilities in the country.
Since the Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association and COFI received a platform frame fireproof approval in 2004 from Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), 89 of these projects have been constructed throughout the country.
Kevin Bews, joined COFI/Canada Wood in 1998. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He recently spent time in China attending the Canada Wood Asia staff meeting. He enjoys sports, traveling, and barbequing.