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With the support of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the cooperation of other related organizations, the Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation accepted applications for the 9th Sustainable Housing Awards, and with the results of its examination, the institute announced its decision on 6 award winning works on January 17. The award aims to contribute to the formation of a sustainable society by improving and making wide-spread use of designs and construction that are commended as leading sustainable housing that has a remarkable effect on reducing environmental load. The Wooden Home Builders Association of Japan Chairman’s Award was given to “Washable House” (Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture; wood constructed, 2-story, single-family house; 160 m²). The construction is by Oono Construction Co., Ltd. The construction site is an area surrounded by a large number of rivers, and ﬂooding from both rivers and heavy rainfalls are a cause of anxiety in the area. In order to respond to natural disasters that may occur due to the location of the house, the proposal was made using the keyword "washable", which up to now has not been used as an expression for buildings.
With the increase in telework due to the coronavirus pandemic, the role of furniture is entering a period of change.With this situation in the background, Okawa City government in Fukuoka Prefecture has taken measures such as "Cat Furniture" to promote the woodworking and furniture industries and began broadcasting a WEB video titled “Robo Furniture” on January 12. “Robo Furniture” is self-moving furniture made by Marusho Co., Ltd., a woodworking furniture maker in Okawa City, and Takumi Co., Ltd., a robot manufacturer in Fukuoka City. Based on the concept of “richness of a new life with furniture” with a view of the changing lifestyle and the way that the future society should be, the furniture was “born” while asking the question, “What is the new value that furniture can display?". The furniture is a mysterious and special sofa that moves on its own, stops, and turns.
In recent years, the need for wood constructed buildings has been on an increasing trend due to the transition to a global carbon-free society, and demand for mid to large-scale, wood constructed buildings is growing. With this situation in the background, Aqurahome Co., Ltd. (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo), which handles custom built, wood constructed homes, announced on January 12 that it will build Japan’s first five-story model house using the wood post and beam construction method in Kawasaki Housing Park located in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The model house will be implemented as part of a project to spread solely wood constructed buildings including a new, eight-story, solely wood constructed office building. The 5-story model house will be constructed as a “popular-type, solely wood constructed building” without the use of special structural components or special construction methods, and by constructing it as an extension of the techniques of the traditional post and beam construction method, regional construction firms can also undertake the construction.