Basic Policy

Sumitomo Forestry provides proposals for ideal home building to customers who are thinking about buying a home through continuous communication with useful and effective information offering.

We introduce information helpful in housing development such as the design examples as well as structural and technological information as part of the stream of home building. Next, we provide guidance at showrooms to help customers see Sumitomo Forestry home building and exhibitions to provide a first-hand experience of the warmth in wood. We also provide information in various other forms such as tours in the homes our customers are actually living in.

In addition, Japanese housing policy is encouraging the standardization of excellent long-term housing to transition to emphasis on the importance of creating high-quality stock which is easy to maintain so that each house can be valued and lived in for a long time. Sumitomo Forestry conducts housing maintenance and replaces equipment in addition to providing appropriate proposals such as exterior renovations to sustain comfortable living in the long term for every owner. We are able to create opportunities such as consultation and inquiries through ongoing communication at owners events held in each location throughout Japan in addition to sustaining ongoing asset value through long-term support for the comfortable living of our customers.

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Strengthening Sales Capabilities

Sumitomo Forestry offers a unique application system that realizes ideal home building.

Once a customer applies, we meet to discuss everything from the exterior and room plan to the interior and housing exteriors with a home building team dedicated to the customer made up of a person in charge of sales, design, interior design, production and housing exteriors. At the point of application, each person with expert knowledge inquires about the requirements for the home such as the budget, family composition, lifestyle and any other areas of emphasis to help achieve the ideal home in all respects.

In addition, we ensure ideal home building by escorting our customers to the actual construction site and giving them an image of the real home upon completion.

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Model Homes/Showrooms

Sumitomo Forestry has roughly 300 model homes and about 80 showrooms located throughout Japan. Technology housing display centers in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya specialize in appealing to the technological and performance features of Sumitomo Forestry Home houses.

Sumitomo Forestry provides first-hand experience of the attractive living it provides through these model houses.

Sumitomo Forestry model homes offer variety of homes on display such as western and Japanese styles to three-story homes in addition to smart homes.

  1. High-quality Luxurious Wooden Spaces
    Each of these model houses let customers interact with luxurious wooden spaces that fully take advantage of design capabilities unique to Sumitomo Forestry, which has cultivated expertise in both the quality and charm of wood. In particular, visitors can get a taste of the high-quality atmosphere only provided in these real spaces from the flooring made from the world's precious wood and wooden fittings that impeccable fluidity with the interior design.
  2. Design Proposals Founded in Comfortable Living
    The strength of a structure is obviously important in a home, but a room plan, flow planning and storage plan as well as other aspects to provide comfortable lifestyles is also vital to every family living in the home. Visitors to these exhibitions can see the innovative room plans and ease of cleaning provided by Sumitomo Forestry with their own eyes. Families with children can also get a picture about raising their children there, including proposals for floor plan and children room as well as a study corner perfect to raise children.
  3. Environmentally-Friendly Design and the Latest Equipment
    Sumitomo Forestry is revolutionizing design with the Ryouonbou design concept. This design concept aims to incorporate the soothing qualities of nature and facilitate a lifestyle which does not rely too much on air-conditioning and heating systems. Everyone can see the actual innovations at our model houses, such as a design to create airflow from the south to north of the home with wonderful light via deep eaves. Furthermore, the smart house exhibition builds in an Ene-Farm solar power generation system and fuel cell units for homes as well as central air-conditioning systems in addition to the latest environmental devices.

The Sumitomo Forestry model homes offer a unique line-up only possible from a housing builder. Every visitor can form a specific vision of their home while comparing a broad line-up of curtains, wallpapers, interior materials, furniture as well as exterior materials such as exterior walls and entrance doors in addition to plumbing equipment such as system kitchens and bathrooms.

  1. Large Exhibition of a Variety of the Latest Equipment
    We exhibit system kitchens from multiple product manufacturers. Design features from the sink tops to the color and texture of doors from different manufactures can be examined while comparing the storage space and convenience. Our model homes also provide a sanitary corner for bathrooms sinks and other equipment so that visitors can imagine the usability of these kitchens, restrooms and any other rooms requiring plumbing.
  2. Total Coordination of Interiors and Exteriors
    A wealth of floor materials, doors and windows, furniture and more are on display together with curtains and wallpaper with a wide variety of colors and patterns. These displays can provide a base to specifically consider an indoor feel suitable to the interior decor of each customer’s image. We also have brought together a broad line-up of exterior materials for entrance doors and external walls to help visitors solidify their exterior images, which can offer coordination for the entire home. Everyone can get a distinct individual feel with wood that varies in color and look for each tree species. The showrooms make available floor materials in addition to a broad range of other interior and exterior materials. Each person can experience the look and actual feel of these materials from the touch to texture which cannot be felt in catalogs or on websites.
  3. Exhibition of the Housing Structure and Latest Environmental Devices
    Sumitomo Forestry puts on display the housing structure which brings the most concern. This lets potential buyers experience the strength for themselves. In addition, we have the latest environmental devices on display, such as solar power generation.
Hit Akeno Model Homes (Oita) Opens 2018
Hit Akeno Model Homes (Oita) Opens 2018

Hit Akeno Model Homes (Oita) Opens 2018

Technology Exhibition Houses

At model homes at which fosters opportunities to communicate with customers about home building, Sumitomo Forestry set up “technology exhibition houses” where displays special technologies and functionalities of Sumitomo Forestry Home houses in major cities.

The exhibition houses put in creativity in explaining excellent competencies of wooden homes and structural features of Big Frame Construction Method -Sumitomo Forestry’s own building method that is Japan’s first timber rigid frame structure so that visitors are able to understand through direct exposure to the basic structures of the homes.

Currently, the exhibition houses are in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, and total visitors exceeded 2,975 groups in fiscal 2018.

Inside of Technology Exhibition House

Outside of Technology Exhibition House

Outside of Technology Exhibition House

Inside of Technology Exhibition House

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Respect for and Application of Customer Feedback

Operation of Sumitomo Forestry Customer Service Department

Sumitomo Forestry established the Customer Service Department in April 2000 as a Group-wide customer service help desk. Communicating the opinions and complaints of customers, including neighboring residents, to improve each department as well as management is an important mission for the Customer Service Department in enhancing customer first actions even further. The Customer Service Department holds periodic meetings and working groups with each business division and Group company as well as shares information to provide high-quality products and services which will bring sensation to our customers. The Department discusses the issues and examples of solutions to bring together as specific measures. The measures then are executed throughout the Group, and the Customer Service Department regularly evaluates progress and efficacy of the measures, and undertakes reviews and corrective actions, in line with the PDCA cycle.

Additionally, the Company regularly introduces example creative solutions that can be easily adapted in daily work routine and attributable to customer satisfaction as well as heart-warming stories on the intranet. Direct feedback and opinions of customers sent to the Customer Service Department, details of the consultations and their analysis results, and examples of superior response are consistently communicated to prevent recurrence of factors causing problems. The support for internal training and one-on-one meetings with Group companies are also provided.

Operation of Sumitomo Forestry Call Centers

Sumitomo Forestry established Sumitomo Forestry Call Centers that open 24 hours a day 365 days a year toll free as a consistent dedicated helpline throughout Japan that allows immediate support such as an emergency response lifeline to assist our customers. The telephone number is introduced on magnet cards, owner dedicated websites, magazines and other mediums so that this helpline will be used broadly by our customers.

Presently the centers are located in Tokyo and Fukuoka, and are linked together, shortening wait times for customers who call via the unified national free-dial number. In addition, the system is organized to enable response in emergency situations. The system facilitates prompt response to customer requests and consultations and also strives for improved customer satisfaction.

Call Centers

* The Call Center has been receiving an increased number of calls as general housing support since July 2015. Counting of the total number of calls was changed in fiscal 2017 (to include calls from customers while excluding relevant business partners)

Customer Surveys

Sumitomo Forestry conducts resident surveys three times from the second to tenth year from when residents move in to collect opinions and feedback of owners in order to deliver greater satisfaction and services to customers.

The survey questions primarily elicit responses about specifications, design, building materials, systems and fixtures, and the support service provided by the staff. The Company then statistically processes and analyzes these results, and applies any findings to product development and employee training.

In fiscal 2018, the satisfaction ratio for overall satisfaction was 96.1% in the survey of new owners, and 95.0% in the survey of second-year owners.

Furthermore, Sumitomo Forestry has adopted the Net Promoter Score (NPS)* advocated by the housing industry for the purpose of enhancing customer satisfaction. In October 2017, we revised the five stage evaluation to an 11 stage evaluation for the questions above.

We will continue to provide high-quality products and services which bring sensation to our customers by further leveraging customer feedback through the NPS survey analysis.

* NPS is a new index used to measure customer loyalty (the amount of trust and affinity for the company and brand).

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Communicating Information to Customers

Website Operation and Magazine Publication

Sumitomo Forestry operates its clubforest special website for owners of Sumitomo Forestry Home houses. As of March 2019, about 116,000 owners had registered as members.

Through a variety of content on the site, we provide information that is useful in helping members get more enjoyment and comfort out of their lives as homeowners. The site offers various contents such as a page where members can see photos of the construction site as its progresses, exclusive sales pages where only owners can purchase Sumitomo Forestry Home products at special discount prices and a 24-hour inquiry that accepts requests for building repairs.

Lovely Family is a home and lifestyle magazine sent out twice a year. It also features details about Group company activities such as renovation and utilization of lands. About 290,000 prints were issued for each issue in fiscal 2018.

Progress check page in clubforest

Progress check page in clubforest

The cover of “Lovely Family”, fall and winter 2018 issue

The cover of "Lovely Family", fall and winter 2018 issue

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Sustainability Report