CWC to cultivate local talents for wood prefab with key industry stakeholders

Canada Wood China has agreed to work with two key industry stakeholders to cultivate local talents for wood and hybrid prefabrication.

Executives from Canada Wood China, the China Association of Construction Education and Shanghai Lenyer Technology Co. kicked off the cooperation at a launching ceremony at Tongji University in Shanghai on March 17th.

The group pledged to work together on modernizing teaching methods in construction education, especially on wood and wood/hybrid prefabrication. Canada Wood is expected to offer expertise in wood structure construction, as well as wood prefabrication projects.

The China Association of Construction Education is affiliated with China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and has over 900 member companies. Shanghai Lenyer is a leader in the country’s construction industry and has been working on prefabrication projects for more than 20 years.

As a sustainable construction method, prefabrication has been listed as a key area for development within the industry. The Chinese government is promoting prefabrication in engineering construction through a series of incentives, including floor area allowances, cash bonuses and tax exemptions. The prefab ratio (by volume) in the construction industry is expected to reach 50% by 2025 from just 3% in 2015, according to China’s State Council.

Shanghai to draw up technical guidelines on passive house constructions

The Shanghai municipal government has started compiling a guidebook on passive house constructions, a move it hopes will encourage a more energy-saving and environmentally friendly construction model.

The Shanghai Green Building Council and East China Architectural Design & Research Institute Co. LTD will compile the book. The Shanghai Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has also endorsed the idea.

A passive house is a building that does not require conventional heating on account of its excellent thermal insulation. Such buildings are called “passive houses” because most of their heating requirements are met through “passive” sources such as solar radiation or waste heat from occupants and technical appliances. A Passive House uses about 90 percent less heating energy than existing buildings and 75 percent less energy than an average new construction.

China is making strong efforts to radically improve the energy efficiency of buildings. In 2019, the Passive House Conference will be held in China for the first time. It will also mark the first time the renowned conference will be held outside of Europe.

The conference will be held in Gaobeidian, a city in Heibei Province that is around 100 kilometres south of the Chinese capital of Beijing. A Passive House settlement is currently being built in Gaobeidian. Upon completion, it will be the largest energy efficient settlement in the world.

The 23rd International Passive House Conference in 2019 will be held in Gaobeidian, China, about a hundred kilometres south of the capital Beijing. The largest Passive House settlement in the world is currently being built in Gaobeidian.

China to set up ministry of natural resources

China will set up a new ministry to protect and manage the country’s natural resources, according to a reform plan submitted to the national legislature on March 14th.

The restructuring of the State Council, China’s cabinet, is designed to streamline government and make it more efficient and service oriented.

Responsibilities of the new ministry will include overseeing the development and protection of the country’s natural resources, setting up and implementing a spatial planning system, and establishing a system for paid use of natural resources.

The Ministry of Land and Resources and the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation will be dismantled. The responsibilities of both will now fall under the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Suzhou wood project wins 2018 BC Wood Design Awards

“A beautiful structure using BC Douglas fir.”
“…an eye-catching geometric design out of wood.”
-jury comments

A timber structure project in Jiangsu Province has won the International Wood Design Award at the 2018 Wood Design Awards in Vancouver, Canada.

The Timber Structure Enterprise Pavilion at the Jiangsu Horticultural Expo in Suzhou was honored for excellence in wood building and design at the 14th annual industry event hosted by Wood Works! BC, a national industry-led program of the Canadian Wood Council.

The design of the pavilion’s main hall was inspired by three concepts: pastoral landscapes, environmental science and cultural life. Traditional Jiangnan style elements such as a fish net, boat with canopy and villages were interwoven into the design to create an architecturally unique complex that is as beautiful as it is functional. Industry 4.0 robot manufacturing technology was adopted, linking the design, research and development, processing and installation processes.

The result is the most modern wood structure in China. Without question, this pavilion fully reflects the integration of traditional Chinese wood building techniques and modern technology.

The ninth Horticultural Exposition project, built by Suzhou Crownhomes Co., utilizes imported Douglas fir from Interfor in Canada for its straight textured appearance and pale rose colour. The Douglas fir creates a beautiful structure with its high bearing, weight ratio, high strength and good bonding.

The project was among seven nominated projects, all from China, in the International Wood Design category. (See full list below). A total of 100 projects in 14 categories were nominated this year, featuring constructions of different types and sizes. All nominees demonstrated outstanding architectural and structural achievement using wood.

Wood WORKS! is a national industry-led program of the Canadian Wood Council, with a goal to support innovation and provide leadership on the use of wood products and building systems. The Wood Design Awards are presented by Wood WORKS! BC, the Canadian Wood Council and its BC member associations; with support from Natural Resources Canada, Forestry Innovation Investment and industry sponsors.

International Wood Design
Jinjiang Zhou, Suzhou Crownhomes Co., Ltd., Suzhou, China
Timber Structure Enterprise Pavilion in Jiangsu Horticultural Expo, Suzhou City

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Here is the full list of nominees for the International Wood Design Award:

International Wood Design

Clove Valley Eco-Hotel, Beijing, China
Mei Dong, Beijing BCKJ Architects, Beijing, China

Johnson Library, Shanghai, China
Shanghai SKF, represented by: Ping Ge, Shanghai, China

Nanjing Resort, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Nanjing Yaochi Resort Ltd., represented by: Donin Shi, Nanjing, China

THE Studio (Tsinghua Eco Studio), Guian, Guizhou, China
Yehao Song, Tsinghua University School of Architecture/SUP Atelier, Beijing. China

Timber Structure Enterprise Pavilion in Jiangsu Horticultural Expo, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China
Jinjiang Zhou, Suzhou Crownhomes Co., Ltd., Suzhou, China

TongXiang Community Center, TongXiang, Zhejiang, China
China Ping An Insurance, represented by: Ran Tao, Shanghai, China

Vanke Hangzhou Future Life Pavilion, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Vanke Hangzhou, represented by: Haifeng Fang, Shanghai, China

Yulan Mountain Timber Hotel Complex, Luzhou, Sichuan, China
Xiaojian Yu, Shanghai thui Planning Architecture Design Co. Ltd., Shanghai, China

Shandong to build tallest wood structure in China

Concept drawing of what may become the tallest wood structure in China.

Dingchi Wood Co of Shandong Province will build a six-story wood building, which will be the tallest wood structure in China.

The 23.55-meter tall building will be built in an industrial park in Penglai City with a total construction area of over 4,800 square meters. Nanjing Tech University will be the designer of the project.

“We believe wood construction has a promising future in China as society becomes increasingly aware of environmental issues,” said Xu Wenhao, president of Dingchi Wood. “Despite the fact that cost of wood construction is over 4,000 yuan (CAD$800) higher per m2 than that of a concrete, we are confident that the difference will shrink as wood construction becomes more popular” Xu added.

Shandong has recently established a provincial wood building industry association and plans to further promote wood construction for public buildings and resort towns.