Basic Policy

Sumitomo Forestry is advancing the MOCCA (Timber Solutions) Business specialized in proposing wooden non-residential medium to large-scale construction to brand MOCCA (Timber Solutions) as a business.

Sumitomo Forestry has been engaging in forest management for more than 300 years. In addition, we create living spaces which take advantage of wood through our expertise in the various properties of wood worldwide. By dramatically furthering wide-ranging experience, knowledge and technology, we propose wider use of wood and timber in non-residential buildings, such as medium to large-scale construction.

Funding Trends for the Initiatives (FY2014-2018 Performance/FY2019 Forecast)

Funding Trends for the Initiatives (FY2014-2018 Performance/FY2019 Forecast)

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Basic Concept of Product Safety and Quality Control in MOCCA (Timber Solutions) Business

Sumitomo Forestry is promoting MOCCA (Timber Solutions) Business in which proposes wider use of wood in non-residential buildings such as industrial and public facilities. The MOCCA (Timber Solutions) Department provides high-quality buildings with consideration for users’ health, safety, and comfort via wooden architecture, and obtained ISO9001 in September 2015 in response to customer expectations. Complying with this international standard, policies were established as shown in the following. Each plant sets tangible quality targets and a business expansion plan adhering to the policy to attain maintained safety and enhanced product quality.

 

Quality Policy

We will strive in the efforts below as an organization that loves wood because we believe it is the path to respond to the expectations of our customers by consistently providing high-quality buildings with consideration to people's health, safety, and comfort via wooden architecture.

  1. Continually better quality and improve customer satisfaction
    We will work to heighten our quality performance and improve customer satisfaction while continually bettering the effectiveness of our quality management systems by conforming to standards and meeting the requirements of our customers.
  2. Complying with the law
    We will have full knowledge of applicable laws and other requirements we see as a duty for the company in the design and construction of buildings.
  3. Establishing policies
    We will set quality targets and periodically evaluate our success and revise those targets and goals to specifically promote this quality policy.
  4. Conducting Education and Training
    We will conduct education and training for the staff we employ to raise awareness so that all of our employees working in the MOCCA (Timber Solutions) Department and the company will understand this quality policy.
  5. Publishing this policy
    We will publish this policy externally on the Housing and Construction Division's MOCCA (Timber Solutions) Department website.

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Product Safety and Quality Management System in MOCCA (Timber Solutions) Business

Sumitomo Forestry MOCCA (Timber Solutions) Department consolidates the quality management system under the aforementioned policy and is building a strict process management system.

The Department also conducts biannual internal audits at all construction sites to follow the PDCA cycle incorporated in the quality management system as stipulated by ISO9001.

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MOCCA (Timber Solutions) Business Initiatives

Senri Rehabilitation Hospital Annex Building, Wooden Space that Heals Body and Mind

Sumitomo Forestry completed the annex building for Senri Rehabilitation Hospital in Osaka in September 2017.

Most of the conventional hospitals had been built inorganically, with a priority on efficiency from the perspective of the hospital operation. The concept that gave rise to Senri Rehabilitation Hospital is consideration for the patients on what kind of hospital would provide the ideal environment. The annex building was completed in October 2007 as Japan's first hospital to have a concept of rehabilitation resort.

The new annex building built for the 10th anniversary of the hospital maximizes the utilization of wood, both interior and exterior, to enable patients to relax as much as possible and feel the natural power as they undertake their recovery. It is a rehabilitation hospital that represents a new endeavor, with painting and music ward and a gardening ward, all of which use arawashi exposed timber* style.

In order to support those patients who experienced deep trauma through sudden illness and to regain their positive attitude and physical abilities, the hospital offers rehabilitation facilities that are close to real daily life environment. The ultimate goal is to return and live in their own home. To achieve this concept, it chose a design with uneven levels and stairs instead of making the facility completely accessible. In addition, painting and music ward and gardening ward are available separately for patients to find their new joy in life and possibility. Accessing to these wards is part of rehabilitation.

As with the main building, Creative Director Kashiwa Sato has undertaken design direction for the annex building. Paintings by Sato have been incorporated into the interior design to convey a sense of energy.

Wood offer comfort through all five senses, from its aroma, texture, and sound echoes in the air. The qualities of wood contribute not only to physical treatment but also physiological treatment during the stay. This integration of wood and medical sites of this annex building is a great example of the new possibility of MOCCA (Timber Solutions) Business.

In addition to this kind of medical facilities, Sumitomo Forestry aims to create attractive environments that motivate residents and provide impetus for the business success of residents and users by using timber in the structure and interior and exterior finishing materials of educational, elderly care, commercial and other facilities.

Senri Rehabilitation Hospital Annex Building
Senri Rehabilitation Hospital Annex Building

Senri Rehabilitation Hospital Annex Building

* A finishing technique in wooden constructions which structural members such as columns and beams are exposed to view.

Using Wood in Buildings to Help Transform Work Styles- Kokubunji Head Office Building of Flavor Life Co. Ltd.

Flavor Life Co., Ltd., which has its head office in Kokubunji City, Tokyo, provides aroma products that incorporate blessing of nature into daily life. It is a company that creates lifestyles with fragrance and smiles through aromatherapy.

As a company that handles products made of natural materials, wish for a building that used natural materials it is a matter of course to wish Above all else, the company wanted an environment in which employees could work comfortably. A wooden-hybrid building was realized in July 2017 with the passion of the proprietor.

Time spent in a workplace is no fleeting moment for the working people. It is surely fair to say that bringing comfort and coziness to a living space in which so much time is spent to be an important element of in promoting work style reform.

The effects of a peaceful workplace incorporating wood, in which employees say they can relax while working, and communicate more with coworkers, has begun to be reflected in employee satisfaction levels and productivity of work.

This wooden-hybrid building has a steel frame structure for the first three floors and a wooden-hybrid structure for fourth through seventh floors. Its most distinctive characteristic is its use of hybrid laminated engineered wood which the steel frame is completely covered in wood. Featuring a combination of the soft texture of wood and the strength of steel, it enables the wood to protect the steel from heat as a fire-resistant coating, contributing to disseminate incorporation of wood as a material for buildings.

The aim of Sumitomo Forestry is to create vistas lined with buildings that provide a sense of the warmth of wood in cities, where contact with wood is rare. We apply our knowledge and experience in using wood to propose new ways of doing so.

* This project was selected as a pilot program for sustainable buildings (wood type) of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in fiscal 2015.

Head office building of Flavor Life with full use of quality of wood

Head office building of Flavor Life with full use of quality of wood

Head office building of Flavor Life with full use of quality of wood

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Toward the Future -Aiming for the Timberized Eco Cities with W350 Plan-

Sumitomo Forestry announced its W350 Plan in February 2018. The W350 plan is a research and technological development roadmap aiming to build a 350-meter-tall wooden high-rise building in 2041, which will mark the 350th year since foundation of business in 1961, in preparing to create Timberized Eco Cities . The plan is intended to develop future technologies that contribute to people's lives, society and the global environment, including building construction methods, environmental technologies, wood for building materials and resources.

The plan is to move forward at a new research building of the Tsukuba Research Institute, where frame erection was completed in December 2018, and construction is slated for completion in October 2019.

Toward Realizing the W350 Plan

In February 2018, Sumitomo Forestry created and announced a research and technological development concept “W350 Plan” aiming to build a 350-meter-tall wooden high-rise building by 2041, which will mark the 350th year since foundation of business, in preparing to create Timberized Eco Cities.

Managed mainly by our research and development center, Tsukuba Research Institute, this research and technological development plan is a roadmap for the future technologies; to develop building construction methods, environmental technologies, wood for building materials and resources and will expand the possibility of wooden structures.

This plan of creating Timberized Eco Cities centered on wooden high-rise buildings will revitalize the forestry industry with increased demand of timber and mitigate climate change with increased fixation of CO2; in essence, Sumitomo Forestry will contribute to invigorate the community and to realize coexistence with the global environment.

Building outline:

  • Height - 350m, Number of floors above ground - 70 floors
  • Building use: Stores, offices, hotels, residences
  • Building area: 6,500m²
  • Design collaboration: Nikken Sekkei Ltd.
  • Architectural area: 455,000m² (6,500m² × 70 floors)
  • Amount of timber used: 185,000m³
  • Structure: Wood and steel hybrid structure (Internally, pure wooden structure)
Toward Realizing the W350 Plan
Toward Realizing the W350 Plan

New Research Building of the Tsukuba Research Institute, Which will Serve as the Research Base for the W350 Plan

It has been 28 years since Tsukuba Research Institute was established. The deterioration of the main research building and increase in staff have become issues needing to be addressed. Post-tensioning*1 technique, a new technology related to wooden structures used in this building will form the foundation for the W350 Plan. Energy saving technology and renewable energy will also be used with a view of achieving a zero energy building (ZEB).

The new research building is a three-story building with a floor area of 2,532.67m². The beams, pillars, and walls use arawashi*2 exposed timber that has either received Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) certification or has been designed using the semi-fireproofing technique. Full building evacuation safety verification [Route C (Minister’s certification)]*3 makes it possible to eliminate restrictions on wooden interiors so that spaces with the qualities of wood can be presented. The building greatly reduces CO2 emissions by installing solar panels on the roof and adopting absorption water chiller-heaters fired using wood pellets. Research and development of green technologies for non-residential wooden architectural structures will be conducted while office space will be used for verifications such as green layouts that seek to improve intellectual productivity. It will also be used to test greening on the roof, balconies, and external walls.

This facility has been accepted as a pilot program for sustainable buildings (wood type) in fiscal 2017 promoted by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Plans include an office for housing 140 persons, and a gallery, etc., to provide information about timber.

With the new research building positioned as the cornerstone of the W350 Plan, we also began a construction plan for a six- to seven-story wooden building (20m to 30m tall) as the next actual step forward. This plan has been named “W30” and is currently under way.

*1 A construction method where high-strength steel poles and wire ropes running through load-bearing members is tensioned to increase the fixation of position between members.

*2 A finishing technique in wooden constructions which structural members such as columns and beams are exposed to view.

*3 A method for verifying safety performance where everyone within a building is able to evacuate safely to the ground level given a pre-determined fire scenario. If safety can be confirmed, some of the regulations of the Building Standards Act of the Japanese government are eased, enabling greater freedom of design, such as exposing wood structural members to view. Route C designation requires certification by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, but since evacuation safety performance is confirmed using sophisticated calculation methods not stipulated by the notice, it allows for the highest level of design freedom.

Ad for the W350 Plan Received the Environment Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence at the Nikkei Advertising Awards

The ad titled “Changing Cities into Forests. The W350 Plan Begins,” which ran in the Nikkei on February 15, 2018, received the Environment Minister's Award for Excellences in the Environment Category at the 67th Nikkei Advertising Awards. The judging considered a total of 1,027 entries across all categories, with 59 receiving awards including the highest honors.

The award was conferred on this ad on its excellence as an ad that expresses the environmental aspect of the design that emphasizes wood as a renewable natural material, while also expressing the aspect of sophisticated technology involved in constructing a 350m, 70-story high-rise building with wood.

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