Leading Japanese home builder Sekisui House will be sponsoring 30 Australian property industry representatives for a trip to Japan from 12-19 May for this year’s UDIA Study Tour.

Hosted by UDIA’s Stephen Albin, the Study Tour will take delegates from the Australian property industry to a number of developments and projects in Tokyo. The tour is designed specifically for leaders and aspiring leaders in the Australian development industry from both public and private sectors wishing to explore the challenges and solutions implemented by various major cities outside of Australia.

The delegation will also be visiting Sekisui House’s operations in Japan including its Zero Emissions House, the Kanto Factory and the Housing ‘Dream Factory’, all in Tokyo.

Sekisui House NSW Marketing Manager, Moonmoon Sahu who has partnered with UDIA and facilitated this initiative said Sekisui House is delighted to be sponsoring this year’s tour, which aims to share a wide range of valuable insights and key learnings in technology, sustainability and innovation with the group.

According to Ms Sahu, Sekisui House has spent the better part of the last 50 years focusing on the role and positive impact of technology, sustainability and innovation on its operations across the board. Key demonstrations of these will be witnessed by the delegation in Tokyo.

The Zero Emissions House demonstrates world best practice in sustainable development in the private residential housing market. Sekisui’s Kanto Factory is a large-scale manufacturing plant with a production capacity of more than 1,100 housing units per month. The factory allows visitors to witness the entire housing production and manufacturing process so customers can watch their houses take shape. Delegates will also visit Sekisui’s ‘Dream Factory’, an exhibition facility of Sekisui House’s housing technologies where visitors use experimental machines to see, touch and enjoy various aspects of housing, and gain an understanding of the advanced technology applied.

Mr Albin said this year’s UDIA NSW Tokyo study tour itinerary has been designed to showcase lifestyle transformations taking place in urban centres to combat global warming, increasing populations, and the high cost of resources.

He adds that delegates will learn about Tokyo's approach to strategic planning, development and infrastructure. They will meet with officials, local and international developers, and consultants to learn and exchange views on planning, urban renewal and development, housing technology, engineering, adaptive reuse, sustainability and much more.