Teijin Limited announced that it will construct the world’s first building made of advanced fiber-reinforced wood (AFRW), a structural timber product comprising a number of layers of dimensioned timber and high-performance fibers bonded together with structural adhesives. Teijin first developed the materials in 2015, and will construct the new building in Teijin’s Tokyo Research Center in Hino City.
The new building exploits the warm texture and unique timber composition of AFRW to help create a stress-free environment. It also aims to realize open and comfortable space by avoiding the use of columns, thus maximizing the inflow of natural light.
The project was officially recognized as a “Sustainable Building Project” by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in February 2018.
Construction of the building will start in October, with technical support provided by the professional construction firm Maeda Corporation and the Structural Engineering Laboratory of Kochi University. Upon completion, Teijin and Maeda will monitor adhesive stability and the vibration durability of AFRW for a period of seven years.
Teijin will continue to develop AFRW technology following construction of this first building and the initial monitoring phase.
26 August 2019