A Pioneer of China’s Wood-In-Construction Industry Embraces Glulam
There is one way to satisfy China’s growing demand to see exposed wood in construction. That way is to recommend the use of heavy timbers and to produce glulam. Chinese glulam is not without the key ingredient: Canadian SPF and Douglas Fir. Nor is it without a pioneer in China’s wood construction industry like Mr. Ni.
As the owner of Kunlun Green Building (formerly known as Crown Homes), Mr. Ni has become a pioneer in exploring the many uses for Canadian lumber. Since 2002, he began consulting Canada Wood and throughout the years we have watched his company grow to become China’s WFC leader. “Kunlun Green Building consistently sent a message that wood frame construction cannot be
marketed as a cheap product. They are pursuing a higher quality and higher margin market to differentiate themselves from traditional construction companies,” says Bruce St. John, CW Managing Director.
The results are positive because of a long-term commitment to use wood and the ability to make a smooth transition from a concrete dominated industry. Mr. Ni has a success story that takes him from being a simple garden furniture maker into being one of the top ten WFC builders in China. He said, “I went to Canada Wood’s first tradeshow and decided at that moment that I would become a WFC builder. To get to where I am today I did what most people don’t want to do: take risk. I took a huge risk by entering an industry that I knew nothing about but with Canada Wood’s support I had confidence to keep moving forward.”
From the six storey wood-concrete hybrid project to his new office and glulam factory, we
were amazed to see consistency and quality in all of his work. Mr. Ni has managed to excel in light wood framing and with new demands in the resort housing sector, plans to increase his volume of modular home manufacturing. Seeing that his focus has shifted to remanufacturing, we were in awe to see Mr. Ni’s factory-made SPF panels in the modular homes. Kunlun Green Building plans to continue advancements in these areas.