Initiatives for Sumitomo Forestry Group's Business and ESG

Housing and Construction Business

Overall Picture of Our Business

The Housing and Construction Business has provided quality living environments by expanding long-lasting, high-quality homes since entry into the custom-built detached housing business in 1975. Currently, Sumitomo Forestry leverages the design skills and technical capabilities cultivated in the custom-built detached housing business to develop a wide range of housing and lifestyle businesses from remodeling and renovations, and rental housing businesses to renewal and sales of pre-owned housing, real estate management and mediation, subdivision, greening and MOCCA (timber solutions) businesses.

Main Business Figures (FY2021 Result)
  • Number of buildings sold and delivered in Japan
    Custom-built detached house, rental housing, built-for-sale detached housing Total 9,711houses

    Percentage of orders for ZEH type houses out of new custom-built detached housings (%) 67.4%

    Fixed carbon content 192,809t-CO2

Value Chain of the Housing and Construction Business

Sales/
Product Development

Sumitomo Forestry Group's custom-built detached housings design provides our customers with optimal living.
The Sumitomo Forestry Group pursues better housing performance from a wide range of perspectives, including earthquake resistance, fireproofing, insulation efficiency and universal design in product development.

Design

The Sumitomo Forestry Group provides long-lasting, high-quality housing by fully taking into account safety, durability and the environmental impact at the design stage. We have maintained our ratio of houses certified as Excellent Long-term Housing for new custom-built houses through development such as Net Zero Energy Houses (ZEH) and the BF Method up until now.

Materials Procurement

The Housing and Construction Business procures a wide range of materials from wood and concrete to kitchens and toilets. Promoting fair and responsible initiatives for these procurement activities are the social responsibility of the Group.

Construction

The Sumitomo Forestry Group works carefully and efficiently to ensure our daily work's safety and deliver completed buildings to our clients on time.
Therefore, we are building a system to ensure our policies and initiatives are carried out on-site by the construction contractors through thorough implementation of safety training and environmental education.

After-Sales
Support

The Sumitomo Forestry Group aims to provide housing residents can live in over the long term by pouring its strength into after-sales support. Therefore, we conduct customer satisfaction surveys and have set up a call center. Sumitomo Forestry has been conducting free periodic inspections for 30 years after homes are delivered to their owners, and thereafter provides paid maintenance services according to maintenance plans. Owners can also extend the building warranty every 10 years to receive these free periodic inspections for up to 60 years.

Take an Integrated Approach to Business Operations and ESG Initiatives in the Housing and Construction Business

The Housing and Construction Business provides homes and services to give customers long-lasting peace of mind and safety in life while being environmentally sound in each process from development and design through construction, the use of sustainable wood and construction materials and the execution of construction on safe work sites as important issues.

One of the areas which we can contribute the most in reducing environmental impact is the reduction of greenhouse gases emissions from housings that people live in. Sumitomo Forestry sets ZEH order quotas and other targets for environmentally conscious products. Recommendations of ZEH housing while tailoring energy saving, energy generation and resilience function specifications to customer needs reduces the energy consumption of each household.

The Sumitomo Forestry Group will contribute to the realization of a prosperous and sustainable society from home building and popularization of non-residential wooden constructions to townscapes redevelopment.

ESG Initiatives in the Housing and Construction Business