Market Research of Wood Frame Construction in 2018 Q2

To better understand the wood frame construction market in China, Canada Wood China has started a quarterly market survey in 2018, aiming to track wood construction project starts, project types and construction floor areas.

1. The building types of new projects
The ratio of resorts and buildings for transportation sustained steady growth in Q2 compared with the previous quarter. Resorts took the biggest share, accounting for 55.4% from all types. Residential building projects saw an increase of 10% quarter-on-quarter, while buildings for Science, Education, Cultural and Health (SECH) dropped 7.3%.

2. Construction areas of newly started projects
Wood frame constructions in provinces of Sichuan and Jiangsu popped up in Q2, with an area rise of 44.9% and 49.9% respectively from the previous quarter. A slight growth showed in Hubei and Shandong provinces.
Guangdong Province, replacing Jiangsu Province, has occupied the largest area of its newly-built projects among the target provinces, jumping 77.4% quarter-to-quarter.
The total area of newly started projects from six provinces had a decline of 6.9% quarter-to-quarter.

Canada Shares Best Practice with Chinese Net Zero Delegation

A group of 20 delegates led by China Academy of Building Science Research (CABR, the largest and most diverse research institution in China’s building industry) attended the Sino-Canadian symposium themed on “High Performance Energy-Efficient Construction” in Vancouver on September 13. The delegates are from 16-member organizations of China Zero Energy Committee, including CABR, China Construction Science & Technology Group, China Construction Southwest Design and Research Institute, Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science, Tianjin Architecture Design Institute, Beijing Cole Building Energy Conservation Technology Co., Ltd. etc.

On the one-day symposium, Canadian experts from NRCan, CanmetEnergy, Canadian Home Builders Association, design consultants and builders in net zero businesses gave an overview of Canada’s net zero energy policies, codes and developments; Canadian energy efficiency programs; design and construction practices of net zero buildings. Dr. Xu Wei, Director of Institute of Building Environment and Energy of CABR gave an introduction of Chinese net zero energy policies, standards, programs and demo projects.

The delegates then visited The Heights, the Harmony House, two high performance villas under construction, as well as CIRS green building, Westbrook Neighborhood, Brock Commons at UBC. The symposium and field site visits organized by Canada Wood, provided an opportunity for the Chinese pioneering firms and organizations to understand Canada’s development and best practices in net zero and net zero ready wood buildings. Collaboration opportunities such as the net zero building standard, simulation modelling, and demo projects etc. will be further discussed.


Boat Shaped Resort Attracts Attention

Canada Wood China held a seminar focusing on wood-frame villas in resort sector in Dongyang, Zhejiang Province on September 11.

The seminar attracted nearly a hundred participants including professionals from the industry, investors, and designers. Architect Chen Xiawei shared a case study of “Wonderland Resort Hangzhou”, a wooden boat-shaped resort in Zhejiang Province. The case study received enthusiastic feedback from the attendees. People were touched by the elegant architectural appearance which can blends into the natural landscape. Wood is the perfect solution for such resort in natural scene. Attendees were inspired by various building possibilities of wood construction. For example, the boat shaped resort is popular in middle-class/ family travelers. It gives consumers a distinctive living experience in a unique building type while travelling. “The Hangzhou Wood Resort keeps high occupancy rate in a year although the price is not cheap.” said Architect Chen.

After the half-day seminar, we lead the participants to tour around a wood resort project in the meeting place – Dongyang Phoenix Hotel. The combination of the morning seminar in conjunction with the on-site tour gave participants a new found appreciation and suitability for using wood construction in resorts.

Construction begins on Sino-Canadian wood frame industrial park

A groundbreaking ceremony for Sino-Canadian modern wood frame industrial park was held on July 10 in Youxi County, Fujian Province.

The park is slated to be an international advanced processing base for modern wood structures, wood produce and process wooden components.

A 12-storey demonstration timber building, the first of its kind in China, will be built in the park.

A total of 4 billion yuan (US$581 million) has been invested in the project.

Modern wood construction features green, renewable and recyclable materials that have a low-carbon impact on the environment.

Chinese manufacturer turns up the heat with its own CLT barbecue grill

A little creativity goes a long way in explaining the inherent fire resistance character of mass timber to those who don’t believe. This inspiring photo shows a barbecue grill made of CLT panels. It was made by X-Lam, a New Zealand CLT manufacturer.

Once we posted it on social media, it picked up over 7,100 views in two days. It was also retweeted by numerous other social media accounts. Within a couple of days, Sino-Canada Low Carbon, a Chinese CLT manufacturer based in Zhejiang province, had made a copycat and posted the images on its own social media account.

“There is nothing more convincing than a heated grill made of CLT to help people understand the basic principle and theory behind the performance of timber buildings under fire conditions,” said Brad Wong, founder of Sino-Canada Low Carbon.

As mass timber’s popularity grows, various levels of Chinese government and architects have started paying attention to CLT. On August 1, the Hebei provincial government invited experts from China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute, Nanjing Tech University, Canada Wood, the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, and Hebei Academy of Building Research to an internal meeting to discuss the drafting of the .

British Columbia and Hebei have been working together since 2009 to expand wood use in building construction. B.C. has assisted Hebei officials in developing wood-frame construction codes and with industry involvement, has shared building technology and expertise.