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Wood building technology developed in B.C. has played a key role in the design of a proposed new elderly care facility in Japan. If built, the 9,023 m2, 5-storey facility would be the largest-ever wood building in the country. The government chose the design submission by Mitsui Home Co. over competing bids due to the use of a Midply Wall System developed by FPInnovations, a wood products research agency, and UBC.

The wall system provides added strength over normal construction techniques and is particularly suitable to areas with earthquakes, like Japan. The choice of the design follows several years of working with Japanese officials to share technical data on Midply Wall Systems, conduct tests, revise building codes, and raise awareness of the system with architects, engineers, and builders. Canada Wood Japan and COFI collaborated extensively in these efforts.

The elderly care facility will have 9,023 square metres of floor space over 5-storeys. A final decision on the project is forthcoming. If it proceeds, it will provide an opportunity for B.C. firms to supply the 30 containers of wood products needed to build the facility.