China, Canada issue joint statement on climate change

China and Canada have issued a joint statement on climate change and clean growth during the Annual Dialogue between the Chinese premier and the Canadian prime minister on December 5.

The two sides also agreed to establish two ministerial-level dialogues between their respective departments of environment and clean energy.

During the talks with visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called on the two sides to tap cooperation potential in areas such as clean technology, aviation and aerospace, civilian nuclear energy and agricultural science.

Trudeau called for closer cooperation in dealing with global challenges such as climate change.

He said Canada was ready to work with China to “push forward cooperation in tourism, education, culture and people-to-people exchanges, in a bid to promote common prosperity and build long-term, stable and dynamic Canada-China ties.”

The statement also mentioned that the two countries will encourage the use of wood and wood products that are the result of sustainable forestry practices and increase collaboration to develop more eco-friendly projects made from green building materials, including Low Carbon Eco-district Demonstration projects and Multi-story and High-rise Timber Structure Demonstration projects.

China Launches national carbon trading market

China has rolled out the world’s largest carbon emission trading market, a milestone that marks the country’s efforts to tackle growing environmental challenges, China’s top economic planning body announced on Dec.19.The nationwide carbon emission trading scheme will start with more than 1,700 companies in the coal-fire power generation industry, which emit over 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide in total each year, said Li Gao, Chief of Climate Division under the National Development and Reform Committee, at a press conference of the launch event.

In the carbon cap-and-trade program, a regulatory body sets a maximum national “cap” on greenhouse gas emissions, which include carbon dioxide and five other major gases, and are measured in terms of carbon dioxide equivalent. Each company in the trading market will be given a quota on the amount of greenhouse gas it is allowed to emit and can trade its unused quota to others for profits, Li explained.

Companies in this way can be encouraged to lower its emission amount as much as possible and shift its business model to a more environmental-friendly way, Li said. China, one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases, has spent 15 years scouting the globe to learn from the mistakes of other nations and find the best ways to build a trading system of its own

Since 2011, China has kicked off seven pilot programs in two provinces and five cities where governments and companies have tinkered with cap and trade. Total turnover of the carbon trading reached 4.6 billion yuan in the past four years and overall volume of carbon emission has started to fall.

The launch of the carbon trading scheme is considered good news for wood construction industry.As a product from the nature, wood is an ideal construction material in terms of environment protection. Life cycle assessment studies have consistently showed that wood is better for the environment than steel or concrete in terms of embodied energy, air and water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. Wood products typically have less embodied energy, are responsible for lower air and water pollution, and have a lighter carbon footprint than other commonly used building materials.

Trees and forest products could play a critical role in helping to tackle climate change and reduce greenhouse gases. Using wood products that store carbon, as well as responsibly managing forests in a way that balances harvesting and replanting, can minimize China’s carbon footprint over the long term. In turn, wood buildings can require less energy to construct and operate over time.In addition, people feel an instinctive connection and attraction to natural materials, and evidence suggests this can contribute to an individual’s sense of well-being.

Canada Wood China is in a process to launch a joint research project with relevant Chinese governmental organization and reputable research institutes on wood performance of carbon footprint and sequestration with an objective of providing a scientific and technical basis to advance policy development towards wood products and wood construction.

Jiangsu Province forms innovation alliance for wood construction industry

Representatives from Nanjing Tech University and Jiangsu MOHURD unveiled the plague at the event.

Key players in construction industry have joined hands to establish a new alliance in Jiangsu to promote wood construction application in the eastern Chinese province.

The Jiangsu Modern Wood Construction Industry Alliance, which under the guidance of Jiangsu provincial MOHURD, has got 41 members onboard, including Canada Wood China and other industry heavyweights such as Nanjing Tech University, Suzhou Crownhomes Co and Jiangsu Architecture & Design Institute.

The new alliance that launched on December 14th, 2017 in Nanjing marked the province’s long time efforts to promote wood construction in the region, said Liu Dawei, Deputy Director General of Jiangsu Provincial Construction Department, at the launching ceremony.

Wang Hua, General Secretary of Jiangsu Civil Engineering Society, also commented that wood/ bamboo hybrid construction is the most environment-friendly way of construction and shall be more applied to projects such as resorts or tourism destinations.

Eric Wong, Managing Director of Canada Wood China, speaks at the event.

The association will also be a platform to encourage more cooperation between its members while members could also share business opportunities, industry information etc. via seminars, forums and field trips, according to a guideline issued by the association.

The alliance could also be a platform for CW China to expand its influence in the sector and get more potential clients to better understand wood structure.

More than 240 industry professionals from universities, research institutes and construction design companies attended the launching ceremony. All the members are required to come together every two years to discuss about industry updates.

China releases new national standard for timber structure design

China’s new timber design code should increase wood use

China has released a new design code for timber structure, which encourages industry to expand the use of wood and improve the grading system of wood strength.

The new standard, which numbered as GB50005-2017, will come into effect on August 1 this year, according to the Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural construction.

Item 3.1.3、3.1.12、4.1.6、4.1.14、4.3.4、4.3.6、7.4.11、7.7.1、11.2.9 in the new standard is compulsory and should be strictly implemented into practice, according to the ministry.

The new version has highlighted contents about the grading system of wood strength and its design specifications. It also pledges to improve the design criteria for glued timber structure and light wood structure.

Here below is key points the new version has amended:

  • To increase the use of domestic wood species and imported wood species;
  • To conduct research and confirm on the design value of imported wood products;
  • Make additional design requirements on structure composite materials and engineered wood products;
  • To carry out comprehensive research and unify the calculation requirement of wood structure components and connectors;
  • Improve the design criteria for glued timber structure and light wood structure;
  • Improve the regulation on seismic design and structure requirement;
  • Coordinate、improve requirements on fire-protection design and structure requirements;
  • Improve requirements on durability design and structure requirements;

2nd Chinese University Timber Structures Design Competition

Eric Wong, Managing Director of Canada Wood China delivering speech at the award ceremony

The 2nd Chinese University Timber Structure Design Competition Award Ceremony was held in Nanjing Tech University (NTU) on November 19th, 2017. This year the theme of competition is – design a wood-frame natatorium (a building containing a swimming pool.). The competition aimed to recognize, encourage and promote excellent building designs using wood as a structural material and inspire more future talents such as university students and teachers.

Group photo

At the beginning of the award ceremony, Mr. Liu Weiqing, Vice-principal of Nanjing Tech University delivered opening remarks to welcome each team and all the judges participating in the competition and appreciated Canada Wood China for strong supports on the competition.

Professor He from Tongji University expressed her high expectations for students’ works and wood-frame construction’s future.

First prize:
Team: Southeast University

Following Professor He’s speech, Eric Wong, Managing Director of Canada Wood China stated that CW China was looking forward to seeing more students participating in and learning wood-frame construction. And the design competition provided a good platform for the future talents who would be the main intelligence to design with wood. Canada Wood China, as a Canadian lumber promotion organization, will keep supporting programs favoring wood construction and increase exports opportunities for Canadian lumber.