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Korea Market Update

GDP Growth:
The South Korean economy grew 6.2% in 2010, the fastest expansion in eight years, as exports remained robust and facility investment jumped amid improved consumer spending.
In the first quarter of 2011, the South Korean economy… more

Canada Wood QA Team Assist in Gated Community

Supeeya, developer of Mirinae Village owns 360,000 m² of land in Yangpyung about 65km away from Seoul. Yangpyung is one of the best areas nationwide for people to live in the countryside near a metropolitan area. In the first phase of… more

Architect Firm Goes with Wood for the First Time

Jukdong Wood Frame Low Energy Housing Project
MA Architects and Engineers is a design firm who specializes in providing low energy design solutions. Jong Il Kim, the Principal, has chosen wood frame construction for the first time for… more

Certification Gives Wood a Chance

Fire Resistant Construction Certificate enables Chunsunwon Project
It is hard to track how many buildings are being constructed using fire resistant construction certifications that Canada Wood Korea and Lafarge Gypsum Board Korea have… more

The Weekend Get-Away Trend

Relief from the Big City in Wood-Frame Homes
Most Korean people like to get away from the city life and spend time outside, especially on the weekends. They travel to the west this week and to the east next week but when they come back… more

New Korean Treated Wood Standards a Concern

Owing to the progressive increase in wood housing starts and increasing demand from treated wood industry as feedstock, Canadian SPF exports to South Korea increased 20% to 95,883 MFBM in 2010 from a year earlier.
Though March YTD 2011 SPF… more

Bi-lateral Committee Sets Goals for WFC in China

A unique bi-lateral joint working committee (JWC) was established to expedite the acceptance of wood frame construction in China. The committee formed in March, 2010 through an agreement with China’s Ministry of Housing Urban-Rural… more

Being Famous In China

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be famous.  Everywhere people are always looking, pointing, and whispering your name.  At the project in Qingbaijiang, I’m getting a taste of the rich and famous lifestyle.
Although I… more

Canada Wood Tries China’s Social Media Platform

Social media has changed the way the world communicates. The conversations taking place online have the power to drive perceptions and engagement. Social media allows a company to engage honestly and openly with target audiences… more

Life in Tokyo

Birthday Suit & Earthquake Don’t Mix
We just got hit by yet another fairly strong quake early this morning.   It must have been just after 7:00 am.  I had just gotten in the shower and turned on the water.  It started with small… more

Earthquake Reconstruction Underway

Construction Work Begins on 2×4 Temporary Shelters in Kessenuma

On April 27th Canada Wood Japan’s Kevin Bews, Shawn Lawlor and Jim Ivanoff visited Kessenuma, Miyagi Prefecture to view construction on one of the first temporary… more

Canadian Wood Central to Energy Efficient Home

A closer look at the Ikumu post & beam home.
A residential single detached house was recently completed in Kasuga-Machi, Nerima-Ku, Tokyo and turned over to its owner on May 5, 2011.  The project was designed by Mr. S. Seno, 1st Class… more

Hungry for Wood

Beijing’s Tsinghua University Teaches Students About Wood Frame Construction
I’m not on the jobsite every single day.  Last Friday I had a different assignment in Beijing at Tsinghua University.  For the last three years we’ve… more

Lessons From The Colonel!

Customers line up for Kentucky Fried Chicken every day in more than 500 cities across China. China’s fondness for KFC is on par with Canada’s love affair with Tim Hortons. People earning an average of $26 per day, who are among the… more

West Meets East

Due to the nature of my work, I’m never in one place very long. Instead, I may spend a couple weeks or as much as a couple months working on one project, then move onto the next. Sort of like a modern day gypsy. The project I’m at… more

Japan’s “9/11”

Recently I have been asked by folks back in Canada what impact the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake is going to have on Japan. The facts remain to be seen, but I thought I might share some opinions from the front line. Prime Minister Naoto… more

Canadian Wood Exhibit — “The 60 Hour Miracle”

The three storey apartment display building assembled in 60 hours at a Green Building show in Beijing was so successful it may change Canada Wood’s approach to trade shows in China. In recent years there has been an explosion of trade… more

India — the Illusive Market

Recently Brian Zak (CWG phytosanitary & market access rep) and I visited India.  Our primary objective was to expedite the resolution of troublesome plant health and access barriers which were impeding the port clearance of some… more

Japan Begins to Rebuild Temporary Housing Shelters

Kyodo News – Construction work on Temporary Housing Commences in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture)

Re-construction work to provide temporary shelters for 100,000’s of victims left homeless from the March 11th Great Tohoku-Kanto… more