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For the first time, Canada Wood Group and its in-market partners have achieved a two-hour fire rating for wood-based assemblies. With this milestone reached, and further rating tests scheduled for 2016/17, the most significant technical barriers to constructing PFC midrise buildings in Japan are expected to be removed within a year.

Canada Wood Group has partnered with Japan’s 2x4 Home Builders Association and the Building Research Institute to leverage these new technologies through participation in a six-story PFC demonstration project, which will be the first wooden structure of its kind in Japan.