EBPA strives to keep its membership abreast of the most recent developments in overseas markets for residential construction and building materials.  Members receive regular updates from overseas trade press and nationally distributed news publications, market reports and intelligence from government agencies and industry associations, as well as regular briefings from EBPA overseas representatives in Japan and China.

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EBPA and the Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR) have released in-depth studies related to the use of US building materials in international markets.

2012 - Summer: An Assessment of the Competitive Impact of the Forest and Forestry Revitalization Plan on US Forest Products Exports to Japan. Over the past several years, Japanese governments at both the local and national level, have adopted measures aimed at increasing the use of domestic wood over imported wood.  The most recent measure proposed in Japan, referred to as the Forest and Forestry Revitalization Plan, was developed in 2009 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and was passed by the Legislature in 2011.  The goal of this measure is to increase the wood self-sufficiency rate in Japan from the current 26% to 50% by 2020 through a combination of reforms and subsidies designed to expand the timber supply and increase the use of domestic wood in construction. The project will help the reader gain a better understanding of how the newly implemented Forest and Forestry Revitalization Plan would impact the overall demand for wood products in Japan in general and the competitiveness of US wood products specifically.  It will include an analysis of demographics, wood use, domestic manufacturing and the future of US wood products in Japan.

2012 Fall: Key Global Markets for US Building Materials Suppliers.  Based on research by the Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR), this report will include export data for leading export markets, and in-depth analysis and demographic information about select markets including China's senior housing and wood based building materials markets, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan.

The Impact of Green Building Systems on Japanese and Chinese Residential Construction Industries (2009) examines the impact of The Japanese green building program, CASBEE-Sumai (House), the green building program in China is called the Chinese Evaluation Standard for Green Building (often called the Three Star System), and Japan's 200 Year House program and the Eco-Points program). Information was collected through interviews and surveys of builders, architects and design professionals perceptions and attitudes towards green building programs in China and Japan, surveys were conducted in both countries.   

Based on interviews with Japanese wood frame builders and panelizers, and a survey, the study: A Comparative Assessment of the North American and Japanese 2x4 Residential Construction Systems: Opportunities for US Building Materials (2008), found that while the global economy performed poorly in 2008, exports of wood products  from the US to Japan increased substantially.  Interviews with 2x4 home builders found that they were willing to use imported building materials such as windows doors, and cabinets.  Builder’s major concern is the ability to obtain spare parts and installation support in a timely manner.  In addition to information about builder purchasing behavior and perceptions about US lumber and building components, the report includes demographics about Japan’s population and housing market, information about Japan’s leading home builders, an assessment of the competitive position of other global suppliers, and recommendations for improving sales in Japan’s 2x4 and panelized housing market.

The study is available free to EBPA members and for sale to non-EBPA member US exporters for $50.   To order a copy, email evgreen@ep.org