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Internationally Recognized Award Program Chooses Wood

Xiamen University chose wood for SD China
Solar Decathlon China (SD China) has selected 34 universities to participate in the inaugural SD China competition to be held in Datong, China in August 2013. Co-hosted by China National Energy… more

China Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

The State of the Economy

Growth in 2012 was the slowest since the late 1990s (7.8% GDP growth over 2011). The economy was hit by weak demand from its trading partners as well as the effect of policies designed to improve housing… more

Canada Wood Active in Chinese Eco-City Development

In his final address to the People’s Congress during the 18th Party Congress in Beijing on Nov 7th, President Hu Jintao underlined China’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  China is serious about tackling climate… more

Director’s Message

Independent Korean Developers Going for Wood
On my last visit to Seoul I had the pleasure of meeting two dynamic development firms both of which had a recent conversion to wood construction.   Although not ‘chaebol’ scale companies,… more

Seismic Design Workshop

According to the Korean Building Code, any building more than three storeys and with a building area of 1,000 square meters requires seismic design. Since most of buildings in Korea fall within this seismic design category, it is crucial… more

WFC Software Design Course underway

The 13th WFC Software Design Course program (total 20 weeks, 80 class hours) is being held from October 13, 2012 to March 9, 2013 with 21 enrolled professionals. This course is structured around instruction on the Canadian Wood Council… more

Green Climate Fund boosts hopes for Songdo City

Songdo, a newly developed international business district in Incheon, was finally decided as a host city for the Green Climate Fund secretariat. The reclaimed island, Songdo, is the centerpiece of the Incheon Free Economic Zone, launched… more

Korea Economy, Housing and Lumber Shipments

Economic Update:
The overall economy of South Korea could face severe difficulties in the coming months due to a combination of uncertainties at home (upcoming presidential election) and abroad (worsening debt crisis in Southern European… more

Progress on Midply Project

COFI began the technical development project on the Midply Wall System in FY2010-11 and has made significant progresses since then.  We conducted a series of shear wall testing of Midply walls in Japan and the test results were analyzed… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economic Update: Have Cash / Willing to Travel: Japan’s Global M&A Activity
The rising pace of Japanese global M&A activity has been raising eyebrows recently. Over the past month Itochu Corp. purchased Dole’s global canned… more

Imitation the best form of flattery

Chinese designers copy proven designs in absence of wood design expertise
Throughout China, there are several new wood buildings that look very similar to other buildings that have been built both in China and in North America. There is a… more

The Fast Development of WFC in Xinjiang

With the support of local government and Canada Wood, Xinjiang Jichen Wood Structure Construction Co. Ltd. substantially grew in 2012. The company completed the sale of a WFC project for 200 million RMB in Xinjiang and has recently signed… more

China Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

The State of the Economy

Growth slowed further in 2012 Q3 in line with expectations; however the economy showed signs of bottoming-out. Annual growth rate appears on track to reach the Chinese government’s target of 7.5%.
Industrial… more

2×4 Component Plant Activity in Japan

The Tokai 2×4 Council reported that for the month of September, eleven of its regular member companies supplied 364 units (49,800 m²) of 2×4 framing packages in the Tokai region (Aichi, Mie, Gifu and Shiga Prefectures), and that… more

CO-OP Japan Chooses Wood

A new large retail commercial wooden building is now underway in Hakodate City. This structure as it is a test project for CO-OP Japan’s Sapporo Division, which is looking to open a new brand of stores in the region that are more… more

Forum on Low Carbon Building Products

Organized by the integrated construction committee of CCPIT, the forum attracted over 80 attendees from real estate related industries, including developers, builders, and innovative building materials manufacturers and suppliers, among… more