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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

University students relate to wood

Canada Wood Korea in collaboration with Daegu University has successfully completed the 4th annual Wood Frame Construction Workshop, September 17 to September 21, 2012, at Daegu University Gyeongsan Campus in Gyeongsangbuk-do. 33 senior… more

Minister Oliver promotes wood

Minister Joe Oliver of Natural Resources Canada visited Korea to meet Canada Wood Korea (CWK) staff and Korean industry leaders who utilize Canadian wood, learn about opportunities for Canadian wood exports to Korea and promote Canadian… more

Wood structures donated to charity

Canada Wood Korea in collaboration with Pusan National University and Pukyong National University has completed University based training at both PNU and BEXCO in Busan from September 10th to 16th. The week started with theory lectures on… more

Wood infill wall system okay for Korea

Canada Wood Korea held a round table discussion meeting with local architects and university professors, who are actively working in Busan and the Gyeongnam Province. This meeting was hosted at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Busan on September… more

Leading Architects Attract Attention

Canada Wood Korea and Korea Wood Construction Association held a one of a kind and very successful wood frame construction seminar in Busan, in conjunction with the 2012 Busan Kyunghyang Housing Fair on September 15, 2012.
Four architects,… more

Korean architects welcome WFC design tool

Single family and town house projects are being designed and inspected by registered architects. Architects are taking roles as not only material specifiers but also inspectors in order to maintain quality of these market sectors. Canada… more

Korea Economy, Housing and Lumber Shipments

Economic Update:
South Korea is the first-ever A-rated country for which all Big Three agencies upgraded the credit ratings in the same year. Moody’s and Fitch recently hiked their ratings for Korea by one notch to Aa3 and Aa,… more

Forestry Tour One to Remember for Chinese VIPs

Last week COFI hosted a lively group of 25 enthusiastic builders and designers from China.  Their goal over the seven day program was to learn as much as possible pertaining to the construction and design of wood buildings. 
Ah, alas,… more