• Kaizen-Japan Homes Company Culture

      2020/04/02    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi All Hope you are safe and sound. Today is day 8 of the COVID-19 lockdown and all of Japan Homes members are working at home. I will introduce kaizen, also known as Continuous Improvement system, which has been one of the key points of Japan Homes company culture. Normally Kaizen approach can use the PDCA Cycle- Plan Do Check Act.  These are the four steps you should take to improve yourself in the Kaizen way.   Plan At this stage, people will start to plan what needs to be improved. Identify the problem and Identify needs and opportunities come up with possible solutions Set expectations Define your basic plan to meet the needs Do Once the plan is decided, it is time to take action. […]

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  • Happy New Year 2020 PLANS!!!!!

      2020/01/14    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Happy New Year 2020 Hi All, The forecasts of the growth in the rate of home building activity is rapidly growing especially in Auckland. Japan Homes now have projects on-board all-over Auckland with more to engage in this coming 2020!! National Construction Pipeline Report expected 96,000 dwellings to be consented in Auckland within the next 6 years and it is expected to hit the record at 37,000(annual)by 2026. The serious housing shortage should be reducing gradually in a pace of 14,000 homes built every year. The construction labour also has a big shortage at the moment and we need more people getting into this sector, especially those who is to be trade-qualified. Japan Homes is offering an opportunity for interns to provide a high level […]

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  • Site Life Line Plan 18/08/2019

      2019/08/18    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    HI All,   Before we start construction of new building we prepare a site life line plan that show how we set up the site. (Example of Life Line Plan) If we do not make this type of plan the site can be chaos and it sometimes cause a delay in the construction schedule because we may repeatedly need to spend time to tidy and organise the site. For example, if we one of our subs leaves their construction materials (e.g. tiles) in a place where another contractor (e.g. painter) needs to park their car, we will need to move the materials to create the space for carpark, causing a delay in the schedule because the painter cannot begin their work. (Example of Life Line […]

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  • 3 Types Of Kaizen 11/08/2019

      2019/08/11    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi all,   I have recently realised that there are 3 types of Kaizen (improvement). (日本語訳下にあります)   Namely, Kaizan that  Saves time Simplifies work Makes work more enjoyable   Examples of these Kaizen are: Time saving: utilize IT, make template of documentation, eliminate unnecessary work (Muda), etc. Simplifying work: Review work procedures, arrange necessary meetings, review material purchase system and costs, etc. Enjoyable work: Provide New business ideas, provide impressive options for our design and construction proposals, etc.   As a result, we can expect to have benefits including: Reduce stress, have more free time, easy to understand what to do, improve gross margin, improve Kaizen performance, increase sales contract rate, reduce operating expenses and increase imagination. At the same time we check the performance […]

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  • Council Final Inspection Passed At One Time!! 26/05/2019

      2019/05/26    Renovation 改装, Site Work Progress 工事進捗, The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi there,   We have passed the Council final inspection for a house extension project in West of Auckland only at one time which is the first time for us to experience. Here is our site before the final inspection:   Normally, it takes a few times to complete the final inspection because Council inspectors pick up tiny issues on site and ask us to fix them before the inspection passes so we are very pleased with the outcome. This means that our site management system has been improved. For example, we have developed Final Inspection Checklist based on our previous experience of inspections and we used this to prepare the site for the inspection. (Final Inspection Checklist) Of course, there have been significant contributions […]

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  • Owner Path Tree 18/05/2019

      2019/05/18    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi there,   We have created the format of a time frame of a construction project for our clients called “Owner Path Tree”. This chart tells them the whole process of their project and what they need to do at each stage. What is unique with this chart is that the face expression at each stage indicates what type of situation our clients are likely to face. E.g. Smiling face indicates they can mostly relax at this stage. Crying face indicates this stage could be some difficult to go through. Our clients mostly do not know much about construction process so this chart makes it easy for them to understand the construction process and help them prepare themselves for what they need to do at […]

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  • Consider Cost and Time at Resource Consent Stage 17/03/2019

      2019/03/17    Council Consent 役所の許認可, New Home 新築, The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi All, The recent trend is that there are many customers who are thinking to subdivide their own land and build new residential buildings. It is necessary to acquire a resource consent (= RC) in order to do land subdivision. Things Commonly Happen At RC Stage Many companies do not spend much time, energy or money on preparing good plans for RC application. Therefore, at the time of a building consent design (= BC) which is the post process of RC, It takes time for them to correct errors and develop details that should have been considered at the RC stage. Common errors found in the BC stage often relates to Height In Relation To Boundary, too much construction costs, room layouts and access to […]

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