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November 28th, 2022

Site Tour to the New research center of Sumitomo Forestry

The site tour to the new research center of Sumitomo Forestry, three-story wooden quasi fire-resistant building was held on 17th of November. We introduced this building by the web seminar in 2020, and this time, we had a chance to have a real tour through the kindness of Sumitomo Forestry. Only 13 people could attend this tour du to the number restriction for covid 19. This building is a wooden quasi fire-resistant building realized by char method for wooden structural members. Performance based design for safe evacuation was used to realize the wooden interior finish and continuous void spaces without fire compartment. For wooden construction design, CLT panels, 1200mmH×1200mmW×300D were piled up with a checkered patten and tied by vertical steel rods giving a post tension. Wooden panels as a structural member were used for interior finish, warm and comfortable.

Front Facade

Tour group

November 21st, 2022

Site tour to the Port Plus

The site tour to Port Plus, first wooden high-rise building with eleven floors in Japan was held on 30th of September. About 30 people attended this tour divide to two groups due to the covid 19. This building was designed and constructed by Obayashi Corporation and stuffs from this company guided the tour group with explanation. This building is a challenge to build a wooden high-rise building, and technologies about fire protection & resistance, architectural design, construction design and HVAC services are well organized. For fire resistance, wooden materials with fire resistant performance, 3hours at most were used. Performance based design for safe evacuation was used to realize the wooden interior finish and continuous void spaces without fire compartment.

Port Plus

Second site tour group

September 6th, 2022

The fire safety workshop, “Methodology for Fire Safety in Small Elderly Welfare Facilities”

The fire safety workshop, “Methodology for Fire Safety in Small Elderly Welfare Facilities,” was held online on August 19, attended by 56 participants.
As a working group activity, the Fire Protection Engineers Association of Japan have clarified the issues in elderly welfare facilities and have been educating facility personnel to realize fire prevention and evacuation safety.
Meanwhile, the Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) also started activities for fire safety of elderly welfare facilities in FY2014, and from FY2016, led by members of the working group, a “Subcommittee for Improving Evacuation Safety Performance of Small Social Welfare Facilities” was established. The subcommittee has researched and now produced a practical design guidance.
To deepen the understanding of fire protection and evacuation safety for small-scale social welfare facilities for the elderly for our members and related parties, we designed the fire safety workshop based on this guide.

August 20th, 2022

2nd SFPE Asia & SFPE Oceania Collaborative Meeting

On September 28th SFPE Asia & SFPE Oceania Collaborative Meeting was held as a web conference.
This conference was followed by the first conference held on March 1st
Asia/ Oceania chapters had been having an exchange event in person till several years ago, but in these several years we haven’t had such event mostly due to the covid -19.
In such situation, Japan chapter has been trying to resume this conference with a help of SFPE head quarter and these two conferences were realized.
The idea having this WEB conference regularly is approved by all the participants with following additional issues.
・The steering committee consists of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Australia and Japan chapters, and also a stuff of SFPE head quarter manage the future meetings.
・The topic will be two choices, one of them is a report from each chapter about current situation of fire engineering and the other is special issues about fire safety such as big fire case, revision of the regal system about fire safety, activities of working group of each chapter and the like.
We are expecting we can have an event in person with all the chapters attendance someday.

July 20th, 2022

JAFPE Seminar: Building Tour at Nara Prefecture

A building tour was held on Friday, July 1, attended by 30 participants.
At last, this was the first face-to-face training session since the Japan Fire Protection Engineers Association held its “Annual General Meeting + Fire Protection Workshop” in February 2020.


Building Tour overview
Building  MIRAI KACHI KYOSO Center ”Kotokurie”
Location  Nara Prefecture
Opening Date  October 2021
Basic Design  Tetsuo Kobori Architects
Design, Construction Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., Fujita Corporation


The facility is a minister-certified building for Building Evacuation Performance. The disaster prevention design work was done by the late Shigeru Yamada (Fujita), former director of the Japan Fire Protection Engineers Association.
The seminar included a tour by the Kotokurie guide staff, overview of the building and an explanation of its innovative environmental technology and disaster prevention design by architects.

April 6th, 2022

2022 International Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods

The conference above was held from 23 rd to 25th of March. Since a web conference is easier to attend rather than in person, over 200 people were participated in it this conference. Though all the presentations are pre-recorded and discussion is done by live chat, it was a great opportunity to learn about the situation of performance-based design in the world. Presentation titles were mainly about current issues of fire engineering such as historical evaluation and future discussion about performance-based design, tools and modeling methods of performance-based design, mass timber structure, and sustainability.
From Japan chapter, voluntary team presented the case study about the renovation and extension by mass timber structure of historical office building. Our proposal included new concept of fire resistance based on size, location and building use, and also new performance-based design method for wooden middle -size buildings. It has higher level of completion than other five proposals of other countries. We will be having a seminar to introduce of this case study.
The next conference will be held at Copenhagen where conference of this year supposed to be held in 2024.

February 17th, 2022

The 2022 General Assembly was held online on February 4th. Please see here for the detail.

The 2022 General Assembly of the Japan Association of Fire Protection Engineers was held online on February 4th with the participation of little less than 30 people. The number of participants including the power of attorney exceeded half, and the general meeting was authorized.
At the beginning, there was a speech from the president as followings. Last year, our activities were evaluated as “a series of social contribution activities for solving today’s fire prevention problems”, and won the achievement award of Japan Association for Fire Science and Engineering in the 3rd year of Reiwa. While there are restrictions on face-to-face activities under the covid-19 last year, we held regular online seminar of fire protection Engineering, and there were many participants that we had never seen before. It was announced that we will continue this seminar actively this year as well. In addition, as the Japan chapter of SFPE, we will actively participate in international exchange activities and international symposiums.
After discussion about the result of activities and settlement of accounts for 2021 and the activity plan and budget for 2022, all the proposals were approved. The president announced that activities promoting transmission from the homepage, and allocating the necessary amount to the budget, .under the covid-19 and digital transformation in our society.
At the end of the general meeting, a certificate awarding ceremony was held for Moe Seike, who was certified as a JAFPE fire prevention engineer last year.
Following the general meeting, we introduced the working group activities that were highly evaluated when receiving the achievement award of Japan Association for Fire Science and Engineering. We reported on the activities of the four working groups: fire safety at welfare facilities for the elderly, fire safety of capsule hotels, evacuation using elevators, and ideal fire prevention engineers, and received their opinions.

January 6th, 2022

Online Exchange Meeting among SFPE Chapters in Asia-Oceania region

SFPE Asia-Oceania Chapters have been holding exchange meetings but, in these several years, it has not been held. We Japan chapter is planning to revive this
event online. Since it is a good opportunity to share the current situation of international fire safety engineering, we expect a lot of members will join this event.
Detailed information will be provided soon.
⇒Meeting details

November 11th, 2021

Announcement of International Conference hosted by SFPE

We are excited to invite you to The SFPE 14th International Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods held online from March 23-25!
Call for Papers
Deadline: December 1, 2021
This conference is a forum to discuss emerging issues related to performance-based fire safety design. The conference audience includes engineers, architects, designers, regulators, enforcers, insurers, developers, and building owners who have a role in developing or approving performance-based solutions to meet the regulatory and client needs within the built environment. SFPE is currently seeking extended abstracts from those who wish to present at the conference. For details, please see < https://www.sfpe.org/pbd2022/cfa >
Case study on fire protection design has been in the program of this conference every year and the specifications are finalizing just now. If it will be announced,

August 30th, 2021

JAFPE Seminar on “To Prevent Accidents with Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishing Equipment”

In parking lots where CO2 fire extinguishing equipment is installed, accidents that cause casualties due to accidental emission of carbon dioxide have recently occurred frequently. In this Webinar, first, the background of whether CO2 fire extinguishing equipment with the above risks has been widely used in parking lots, etc., the advantages and disadvantages of CO2 fire extinguishing equipment, the usage situation overseas, and future accident prevention measures will be presented by several experts from a multifaceted perspective. Then, we will have a discussion time for exchanging opinions and information. We look forward to your participation.
Date and Time: 16:00 – 19:00, September 27, Monday, 2021
Holding Method: Zoom Meeting
Contact Information: info@jafpe.or,jp
⇒Workshop details (English, Japanese)