of the division
| The Structural Standards Division performs studies that are related
to standards (ordinances and notifications) concerning the structures
of buildings and houses (superstructures, foundations, and the ground)
under the Building Standard Law and the Housing Quality Assurance Law.
The division is in charge of:
1) Understanding the needs of new standards and modification of standards
based on social demands and technological progress,
2) Preparing drafts for new standards and modifications, and
3) Accumulating fundamental studies and collecting information about advanced
technologies as the basis for formulating standards.
of timber-based hybrid building structure technologies
| Wood is friendly to the environment and effective for preventing global
warming. To increase the use of wood, the division is developing technologies
for constructing buildings of four to five stories, which accommodate
offices, schools, and apartments, using new wood materials combined with
steel, concrete, FRP and other materials and for evaluating the performances
of such buildings.
Overview of the study entitled "Development of timber-based
hybrid building structure technologies"
on the trend of new technologies and future images of building structure
| A number of new technologies are being introduced for building structures.
New materials and new structural styles need new methods for evaluating
the performance of the structures. The division is monitoring the trends
of new technologies and is investigating the future image of structure
standards to deploy safe and economical building structures.
Overview of the study entitled "Study on the trend
of new technologies and future images of building structure standards"
Cooperative Reserch Program on Auto-adaptive Media (Smart Structural Systems)
| Smart structural systems are defined as systems that are autonomous
relying on their three functions of system, sensor, and effector. These
three functions correspond to the brain, nerves, and muscles of a person,
and enable the building to respond to the change of external disturbances.
This study aims to develop such autonomous smart structural systems that
responds to disturbances.
Overview of US-Japan Cooperative Reserch Program on Auto-adaptive
Media (Smart Structural Systems)
||Vibration Controlled System, Base Isolation structure
||Wooden Materials Components, Wooden structure
||Building Foundation and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
||Building Production, Execution
The Structural Standards Division, which is on the fourth floor of
the Tatehara Building, is investigating various topics concerning structures
in the field of buildings. Building structures are seldom noticed, except
for ultra-tall buildings and super-long span structures, but are indispensable
for ensuring the safety of people inside buildings during earthquakes,
typhoons, and other natural disasters. The division is conducting studies
and researches to support such unnoticed but important structures. The
study results are integrated to propose and formulate new and modified
standards so that all people may feel safe and comfortable within buildings.
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