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China Housing Update

A major challenge to determine housing starts in China is that statistics are often over-stated, often by local municipal officials, in order to appear to be meeting government policy targets.
Up to the end 0f Q3 2011, the residential… more

China Shipments

BC lumber export volume to China to end-September’11 reached 5.55 million cubic meters, a 110% increase over same period in 2010. Similarly, BC lumber export value for the first 9 months of 2011 reached $835.2 million, a 101% increase… more

China Economic Update

Chinese economic expansion slowed in the third quarter to its weakest pace in more than two years, but healthy domestic drivers suggest little room to relax monetary policy near term. Fixed-asset investment, the main driver of the growth… more

3 storey wood house a first for Jeju Island

The first 3-storey wood frame house currently under construction by Daehan E&C, a member of Korea Wood Frame Construction (KWCA), is located in Jeju-do, the Korea’s largest island. Upon completion the house will have a total floor… more

Korean WFC workshops gaining favor

As a follow-up to the MOU concluded in August, 2011, CWK jointly with Yonsei University, one of the top universities in Korea, has conducted a special workshop during November 2 ~ 18, 2011 to introduce architectural engineering students… more

Korean building envelope training critical

Canada Wood Korea in collaboration with Canada Wood China and Korea Wood Construction Association has organized and conducted a full day QA Workshop on November 16, 2011 to address the common water management issues discovered from site… more

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Proposed elimination of treatment standards overturned

On September 30th, reps from Canadian Embassy and Department of International Trade along with Canada Wood’s Korea Director Tai Jeong made a diplomatic outcall on the key Korea Forest Service(KFS) policy official in Daejeon City.   The… more

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New Korean treated lumber standard proposed

CWK held a Round-Table-Discussion meeting with Korean treated wood industry on November 3, 2011 to introduce the CSA O80-2008 Wood Preservation Standard,  Canadian field testing result and proper construction technique for durability…. more

Record attendance at green seminar

Representatives from FPAC, KWCA and CWK

During the Korea Architecture Fair and Festival 2011 (KAFF) held at COEX from October  27~30, 2011, CWK has organized and conducted the seminar on wood frame construction and design in… more

Korea-U.S. FTA ratified

The National Assembly on November 22nd passed the long-pending Korea-U.S. free trade agreement, with the ruling Grand National Party pressing ahead with the ratification process despite vehement objection from opposition parties. The… more

Korea SPF Shipments

Owing to the progressive increase in wood housing starts and gaining popularity of SPF in structural use, Canadian SPF exports to South Korea in the first eight months of 2011 remarkably increased 28.15% to 91,256 MFBM compared with the… more

Korean Housing Construction

Korea’s housing starts in the first ninemonths of 2011 considerably increased 21.1% to 65,653 buildings from a year earlier 54,202 buildings owing to the tax benefits to real estate investors and widened financial support for local… more

Korea Economic Update

The overall Korean economy is reflecting worse fiscal conditions of the United States and European countries, seeing most key economic indices negatively affected.

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Japan Economic Update

Recovery Continues, but Headwinds Persist
Japan’s Real GDP grew at an annualized rate of 6.0% between July and September thanks to a rebound in auto-sector manufacturing and exports, modest growth in consumer spending and post-quake… more

Japan SPF Shipments

Despite the impacts of the March 11th earthquake and subsequent swings in housing market activity, 2011 SPF shipments have remained remarkably stable, albeit tracking last year’s exports at a marginally slower rate. By volume, SPF… more

Japan Housing Construction

Housing Posts Strong Gains in July & August, but Cools in September
Overall Japan’s housing market registered positive gains in the third quarter; however growth was concentrated in July and August. Overall housing starts increased… more

BC Mission to Japan

Between November 9th and 14th a mission of 25 forest industry executives was led to Japan by British Columbia’s Minister of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations, the Honourable Minister Steve Thomson.  In Tokyo, Mission… more

Japan WHA manual to include SPF

Japan’s leading industry association representing the post and beam sector, the Wooden Home Association (WHA), is now in the process of drafting a structural design guideline for wooden post & beam houses.  In a chapter dealing with… more

Western Larch gains acceptance

As part of the current revision work to the JAS glulam standard, it was proposed to the JAS technical committee that Western Larch be included as an acceptable lamina species.  The JAS technical committee concluded that Western Larch is… more

Dimension Lumber in Post & Beam

The implementation of the “Act for Promotion of Use of Wood in Public Buildings”, also known as Japan’s Wood First Act, brings with it technical challenges to the wooden building industry.  Among the key issues, achieving open… more