Conference Schedule

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15:30 - 20:30 Registration (Foyer of Galaxy, 1F Plaza)
18:30 - Welcome Reception (Galaxy, 1F Plaza) Dress Code: Relaxed casual
9:00 - 9:30 Arrival & Networking (Orion 1, 5F Plaza) Dress Code: Business casual
Plenary Session 1  Housing that Contributes to Realize Sustainable Societies – Our Role to Play (Orion 1, 5F Plaza)
9:30 - 12:00 1.Opening address
Chairman of Executive Committee  Ryu Yano
2. Speech
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
3. Introduction of IHHWA participants; Outlining business agenda/programs (orientation)/Video
IHHWA Chair  Lewis Sidnick
KIYARI Performance (Japanese traditional dance/songs)
Break (including photo session with the performers)
4.Keynote Speech : “Japanese Tea House - A Movable Architecture” by
Terunobu Fujimori, Architect
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch (Orion 2, 5F Plaza)
13:30 - 15:00
Concurrent Session Ⅰ-A
Construction Work / Quality / Consumer Satisfaction
Soleil, 4F Tower
We will share the ways to protect housing consumers and increase their satisfaction considering housing market situation in different countries. The presentations will focus on the warranty scheme, ADR mechanism, efforts to secure quality of newly-built houses and others.

Moderator Hiroshi Sasaki, Center for Housing Renovation and Dispute Settlement Support (CHORD), Japan

Speakers Philip LaRocque, LaRocque Business Management Service, LLC, U.S. Wienke Bodewes, SWK, Netherlands Laurent Peinaud, Agence Qualité Construction (AQC), France Takayuki Goto, Center for Housing Renovation and Dispute Settlement Support (CHORD), Japan

Concurrent Session Ⅰ-B
Increasing Housing Supply: New Homes and Utilization of Existing Houses
Mars, 4F Tower
The session will discuss the ways to activate the existing housing market based on the presentations of different experiences or approaches, including the preferential housing loan, renovation work to improve the quality of building and role of warranty/insurance.

Moderator Hiroaki Kawabata, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd, Japan

Speakers Neil Jefferson, NHBC, UK Stephen McCarthy, HomeBond, Ireland Tatsuto Nakamura, Association of Housing Warranty Insurers (AHWI), Japan  

Concurrent Session Ⅰ-C
Quality without Insurance or Insurance without Quality
Orion 1, 5F Plaza
Presentations of current housing warranty and reinsurance business, its market and competitions followed by discussion to seek the roles and tasks of housing warranty/insurance: quality without insurance or insurance without quality?
(continued to session Ⅱ-C).

Moderator Gary James Devaney, Premier Guarantee, UK

Speakers Matias Harju, Brim AB, Sweden Hiroyuki Iritani, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc., Japan Maurice Klaver, Woningborg, Netherlands  

15:00 - 15:45 Coffee Break (Foyer of Orion, 5F Plaza)
15:45 - 17:15
Concurrent Session Ⅱ-A
Prefabricated Houses / Future Homes
Soleil, 4F Tower
Demand for prefabricated housing is high. Key words for this session on prefabricated houses are construction method, innovative technology, materials, cost cut performance, quality maintenance, eco friendliness and others.

Moderator Junichi Goda, Japan Prefabricated Construction Suppliers and Manufacturers Association (JPA), Japan

Speakers Neil Smith, NHBC, UK Koichiro Tanaka, SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan Deborah Malone, IHA, US
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), US

Concurrent Session Ⅱ-B
IMortgage / Government Policy / Regulation
Mars, 4F Tower
Mortgage and housing policy have a significant impact on financing housing construction and housing development. This session will introduce different policies/regulations and how warranty corporations or housing builders are coping with them.

Moderator Toshiki Komada, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd., Japan

Speakers Lewis Sidnick, NHBC, UK Conor Taaffe, HomeBond, Ireland Wenbin Luo, China Institute of Building Standard Design & Research (CBS), China

Concurrent Session Ⅱ-C
Competitions among Housing Warranty /
Insurance Providers
Orion 1, 5F Plaza
Entry of new home warranty/insurance companies is a competitive threat. Following the II-C, the session will discuss strategies or the best practice to survive the competition based on the various examples such as diversification of warranty business.

Moderator Gary James Devaney, Premier Guarantee, UK

Speakers Kurt Paterson, Alberta HWP, Canada Alison Short, US Home Warranty, US Shun Kitagawa, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd., Japan

18:00 - Japan Dinner (Orion 2, 5F Plaza) Dress Code: Relaxed casual
All Day Tour to Prefabricated Housing Exhibition Site / Kamakura Tour (Historical Buildings)
9:00 - 10:00
Plenary Session 2  Monetary Policy and Japanese Economy (Orion 2, 5F Plaza)

Moderator Masahiro Kobayashi, Japan Housing Financ Agency

Speaker Yutaka Harada, The Bank of Japan, Member of the Policy Board,Japan

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break (Foyer of Orion, 5F Plaza)
10:30 - 12:30
Plenary Session 3  Panel Discussion (Orion 2, 5F Plaza)
Panelists will introduce their experiences on significant insurance claims or disastrous events including how they have tackled the problems or what they have learned from those experiences. Discussion to analyze the cases is followed including questions and comments from the floor.

Moderator Shuichi Matsumura, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Panelists Laurent Peinaud, Agence Qualité Construction (AQC), France Keith Hanson, Canadian Home Warranty Council, Canada Philip LaRocque, LaRocque Business Management Services, LLC, US Hiroshi Sasaki, Center for Housing Renovation and Dispute Settlement Support (CHORD), Japan

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch (Orion 1, 5F Plaza)
14:00 - 15:30
Concurrent Session Ⅲ-A
Digitalization and Building Information Modelling - Opportunities for home builders and home warranty organizations
Orion 2, 5F Plaza
Digitalization is one of today's megatrends. It has already changed industries and value chains, and more is still to come. The introduction of building information modelling (BIM) is seen as a solution to better information management in a buildings life cycle. How will this lead to increased production efficiency, reduction of waste, increased customer satisfaction and reduction of risk in housing projects.

Moderator Per Jæger, Norwegian Home Builders' Association (NHBA), Norway

Speakers Jøns Sjøgren, Norwegian Home Builders' Association (NHBA), Norway Masaki Muto, Building Research Institute, Japan Martin Sexton, University of Reading, UK

Concurrent Session Ⅲ-B
Housing Needs / Social Housing
Soleil, 4F Tower
Housing needs are still high. Will consider the ways to increase good housing stock and to provide affordable houses based on the projects or trials carried out in different countries.

Moderator Jun Ota, Urban Renaissance Agency (UR), Japan

Speakers Shane Goodwin, Housing Industry Association Limited, Australia Julieka Bayat, National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), South  Africa SungWoo Kim, Korea Housing & Urban Guarantee Corporation (HUG), Korea

Concurrent Session Ⅲ-C
Housing Inspection / Mortgage / Evaluation
Mars, 4F Tower
Housing inspection or evaluation is a key factor upon provision of mortgage or housing warranty. How the quality evaluation is measured? How the inspection's credibility and standard and quality evaluation of houses are kept leveled?

Moderator Masahiro Kobayashi, Japan Housing Finance Agency (JHF), Japan

Speakers Joe Connelly, The Alberta New Home Warranty Program Group of Companies, Canada Neil Jefferson, NHBC, UK Stephen Melman, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), US

17:30 - 18:00 Cocktail (Foyer of Orion, 5F Plaza) Dress Code: Semi-formal attire
18:00 - 18:30 Closing Ceremony (Orion 1, 5F Plaza)
18:30 - Gala Dinner (Orion 1, 5F Plaza) Dress Code: Semi-formal attire

Mr. Terunobu Fujimori

Architect, Historian of Japanese architecture,
Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University,
Specially appointed professor of Kogakuin University
General Director of Edo-Tokyo Museum

“Japanese Tea House, a Movable Architecture”
by Terunobu Fujimori

In Japan, there is a unique building type called Chashitsu, tea room or tea house. It is a very small room in a residence or built independently in one corner of a residential garden. The owner of the architecture enjoys art talks with a few close friends in Chashitsu, drinking tea.

The wooden tea room can be dismantled, transported and reconstructed, so it can be said that it is a rare construction in the world that can be moved. I would like to introduce the historical example of Chashitsu and the tea houses I designed.

  • Photo a Teahouse in Barbican centre, UK

He was born in Nagano, Japan, in 1946. Completed doctor degree of architecture at Tokyo University in 1978, and in 1980 received doctor degree from Tokyo University, and was a faculty member of the university till 2010, when he retired as professor and was appointed professor emeritus. From 2010 he has been professor and specially appointed professor later, of Kogakuin University, Tokyo. He has 1ong been an architectura1 historian and has taught at universities first as a historian and later as a historian and an architect. In July 2016 he was appointed to Genera1 Director of Edo-Tokyo Museum. He started designing of architecture at his age of 45 with his first built work, Jinchokan Moriya Historica1 Museum in Nagano in 1991.

  • Photo a Teahouse in Barbican centre, UK

Major works are; “Mosaic Tile Museum” Gifu-Japan 2016, “La Co11ina-Taneya Projects” Shiga-Japan 2016, “Boucha-bune” and “Irisen-tei” teahouses in Taiwan 2010, “Flying Mud Boat” Nagano 2010,
“Walking Cafe” Munich 2012, “Stork House” Austria 2013, “Roof House” Shiga 2009, “Yakisugi House (Charred Cedar House)” Nagano 2007, “Lamune Onsen” (Soda Pop Spa) Oita-Japan 2005, Takasugi-an (Too-High Teahouse) Nagano 2004, “Akino Fuku Art Museum”
Shizuoka 1997, “Tanpopo House” (Dandelion House) Tokyo 1995.

  • Photo Beatles House,
    Victoria and Albert
    Museum, UK
  • Photo Too-high Tea House,

Among many books published are; “Fujimori-sensei's guide to Teahouses” Shokoku-sha 2016, “Isozaki and Fujimori talk on tearoom architecture” Rikuyo-sha 2015, “Terunobu Fujimori
Architect” Munich Vi11a Stuck and Hatze Cantz, 2012, “Fujimori Terunobu Architecture” TOTO Publishing 2007, “The Contemporary Japanese Tea House” Kodansha International 2007, “Kenzo Tange” Shinkenchiku-sha 2002, “Modem Japanese Architecture” Iwanami-shoten 1993,

He was a commissioner of 2006 Venice Biennale Japanese Pavilion.

March, 2017

  • Photo Charred Cedar House, Nagano
  • Photo Chashitu-Tetsu, Yamagata
  • Photo Grass Roof-La Collina, Shiga
  • Photo Walking Cafe,
    Museum Villa Stuck,

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