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3rd October 2018, Tokyo

World first for AFRW in Tokyo

Teijin will construct the new building in Teijin’s Tokyo Research Centre in Hino City. © Teijin Japan’s Teijin is currently constructing the world’s first building made of advanced fibre-reinforced wood (AFRW) – a structural timber product comprising a number of layers of dimensioned timber and high-performance fibres bonded together with structural adhesives.

Teijin first developed the material in 2015, and will construct the new building in Teijin’s Tokyo Research Centre in Hino City. It will exploit the warm texture and unique timber composition of AFRW to help create a stress-free environment. Teijin also aims to realise an open and comfortable space by avoiding the use of columns to maximise the inflow of natural light.

Teijin aims to realise an open and comfortable space by avoiding the use of columns to maximise the inflow of natural light. © TeijinThe project was officially recognized as a Sustainable Building Project by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in February 2018. In addition, the structural performance of this building using AFRW has been certified by an independent third-party organization in May and was officially approved by the MLIT in July.

Construction of the building started this month, with technical support provided by construction firm Maeda Corporation and the Structural Engineering Laboratory of Kochi University. On completion, Teijin and Maeda will monitor adhesive stability and the vibration durability of AFRW for the next seven years.

Teijin expects the new AFRW technology and materials to be deployed in general construction by around 2020.

A growing demand for safer architectural construction is sharpening the focus on lightweight, highly earthquake-proof wooden structures. Wood is valued as a structural material offering a warm texture and design flexibility. It also helps achieve sustainable development goals by absorbing CO2.

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