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The Japan 2x4 Home Builder Association reported another strong year for fireproof building approvals with 275 applications being processed for a combined total floor area of 88,240 m² for the fiscal year 2014. Since COFI and the Japan 2x4 Home Builder Association received a platform frame fireproof ministerial approval in 2004 from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), 2,581 applications have been processed for a combined total building floor area of 650,136 m² worth of fireproof buildings. In terms of combined project total floor area by market segment since securing the ministerial approval, the non-residential market was first (230,636 m²), followed by detached single-family homes (227,981 m²) and by the multi-family market segment (191,519 m²).

For fiscal 2014, the non-residential market segment had 21 project approvals processed for a total combined floor area of 43,797 m² for the period. This market segment now represents about half of the fireproof approvals in Japan in terms of total building floor area. The buildings include elderly care facilities (17 projects), a medical facility (1 project) and commercial buildings (3 projects).

Since acquiring a Japanese ministerial approval for 2x4 fireproof structures 11 years ago, 120 fireproof elderly care projects have been built in Japan. And with Japan’s society continuing to age, the elder care segment will remain strong.