CW China and leading precast concrete company cooperate on research of wood infill walls

MOU signing ceremony between Yang Deming, Managing Director, Truslink and Eric Wong, Managing Director, CW China

On May 26th 2017, Canada Wood China’s efforts to promote wood for prefabrication took yet another step forward ——— CW China signed an MOU with Truslink on the “research, development, promotion, application and cooperation on prefabricated non-load bearing energy-efficient wood wall (short as “PEEWW”) technology in Wujin Green Construction Industry Demonstration District, Changzhou Jiangsu Province. It marks that CW China and Truslink will launch deep cooperation comprehensively on PEEWW system’s research, development and promotion.

With the witness of guests from local government, officers from Canadian Consulate to Shanghai and some staff from CW China, Eric Wong, and Managing Director of Canada Wood signed an MOU with Yang Deming, Managing Director of Truslink. After the signing, guests attended the opening ceremony of Truslink’s manufacturing base. Ryan Baerg, Vice-Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner of Consulate General of Canada to Shanghai and Eric gave an opening remarks during the ceremony.

Truslink’s manufacturing base opening ceremony

Together with CW China, Truslink, as a leader company of precast concrete field, will take the lead on developing the PEEWW project’s design, development, testing and inspection. They will also help compile a standard of precast concrete structure with PEEWW.

This MOU signing is a milestone for CW China to promote “Industrialized Construction” campaign. The challenges the industry currently faces include uncertain cost viability, lack of familiarity and limited technical capacity in industry. Under the MOU, both parties will work together to build a demonstration building at Truslink’s factory. This demo building provides a reference and foundation for future research and development of the applications of wood infill wall solution.

Through the construction procedure of demo building, from design to build, we can practice and test PEEWW technology, understand how to optimize the production and installation of prefabricated wood components within an actual construction project.

This building will be used as office for Truslink’s staff as well as a show room to receive clients and visitors.

Concept design and construction drawings were completed by CW China’s Technical Services team in March and April respectively. Crownhomes has been appointed to prefabricate the infill walls and installation will start when the site as well as the precast concrete parts are ready.

Media Splash on Minister Carr’s Mission to China

During June 5 and June 9th, the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr led a mission to Beijing and Tianjin, in order to build on the strong existing bilateral trade relationship and to promote Canada’s products and expertise in the areas of forestry, energy and clean technologies. On June 9th at Eco-city site, a media session was arranged to invite 34 journalists from both trade and general publications and a group interview was conducted with Minister Carr and Ambassador John McCallum touching on topics of bilateral cooperation, project future planning and Super E technology. We have monitored 45 coverages published by mainstream medias, including online media, print media and television channel that reported on Minister’s Carr’s visit to Eco-district in China, and hundreds of pick-up stories were generated.

The following is the press release we distributed to media for your reference:

Further cooperation agreement signed on Sino-Canadian Low-Carbon Eco-District: New Canadian green building technologies are introduced to build a low-carbon North-American community

June 9th, 2017, Tianjin Binhai – today Canada Wood and BSD-TEDA signed an MOU to further advance the partnership regarding the Tianjin Sino-Canadian Low-Carbon Eco-District project. The MOU was signed between Eric Wong, Managing Director of Canada Wood China and Mr. Miao Bojian, General Manager of BSD-TEDA; the signing was witness by The Honourable Jim Carr, The Minister of Natural Resources Canada and the Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of China, John McCallum, as well as other esteemed Chinese guests. The MOU signing is part of the Canadian Natural Resources mission to China led by Minister Jim Carr in the hope to further strengthen the commercial partnership between China and Canada in the area of natural resources, green building and clean technologies.

The Sino-Canadian Low-Carbon Eco-District is the product of an inter-governmental partnership between Canada and China to develop an authentic North-American low-carbon green community using wood construction and clean energy technologies. Through this new MOU, both parties hope to build on the success of the eco-district project to date, in order to further advance technology exchange on green building, energy efficiency and prefabrication. The business model and successful case study of this eco-district project will be promoted and duplicated to other suitable areas. Both side also agree to promote and explore the possibility of building a multi-story wood residential or office commercial demonstration project.

There are two key highlights reflected in this MOU:

Prefabricated Energy Efficient Wall Technology (PEEWW): PEEWW, a made-for-China hybrid building solution will be applied to three 4-storey C-MARS office buildings in the district. This non-load bearing prefabricated wall system can significantly enhance building energy efficiency, while improving the efficiency of the construction process as each piece of the wall will be prefabricated in a factory prior to on-site installation.

Super E technology: Both sides agree to demonstrate and promote the Super E® technology, an internationally recognized Canadian system of building low-carbon, healthy housing, backed by a quality assurance system. Super E® builds upon the principles of building science by accounting for the movement of air, heat and moisture in and through the building structure. A wood townhouse project in the district has passed the very strict verification test and has been certified as a benchmark project demonstrating the highest standard for healthy living, energy efficiency and construction quality.

Mr. Miao Bojian, General Manager of BSD-TEDA emphasized that, “By introducing Canadian advanced technologies and leveraging the experiences gained during the development of this low-carbon eco-district project, we hope to further cooperate with Canada by duplicating and promoting this project across other cities in China.

Besides print and online medias (such as: ), the event was aired on Tianjin Satellite TV, the most influential TV channel in Tianjin.

Click below to watch the China news coverage with English subtitle.


Hotel project symbolizes the growing recognition for wood construction

This project is a log-home style five-star hotel in the popular Changbai mountain resort in the Northeastern province of Jilin. The developer makes use of the scenery and mountainous location and make the hotel blend in the natural environment. The mountain is covered with flourishing and various plants and trees. The temperature can get as cold as minus 44 ℃ in the winter!

So, what building materials can meet requirements: suffering from such cold weather and avoiding destroying the local nature environment? Only wood!

The outstanding characteristics of wood construction below attracted the developer to use wood in their resort project:

  • Fantastic thermal performance in such cold area
  • Building with wood, as a nature material, can blend into the nature environment harmoniously.
  • Environmentally-friendly and ecological construction
  • Flexible to build, especially in mountainous areas
  • Cost-saving

Another trend in favor of wood is that people living in modern cities are sick of steel and concrete buildings or apartments; instead, they are looking for a wood resort to have a relaxing holiday. This demand from consumers drives more and more developers to build with wood.

In fact, the Luneng Sports Club Hotel project symbolizes the growing recognition for wood construction from developers, and consumers alike as the developer for the project is a prominent real estate developer – Jinlin Luneng Manjiang Ecology Tourism Development Co., Ltd, under Luneng Group. Traditionally, wood projects in China have mainly been constructed by smaller “niche” companies.

To advance market development in wood resorts segment, Canada Wood China has developed marketing materials and carried out promotional campaigns which aim to influence and convert developers to build with wood since wood. One of recent highlights in this campaign is Dream Home Canada Cup (short as “DHC Cup”) – Design Competition of wood project in culture & tourism sectors (more details please previous blog: ). The project introduced in this blog won the first-prize within Excellent Hotel Section of DHC Cup.

Minister Carr promotes Canadian Wood Products and Clean Technologies in China

According to the Minister, no market is bigger, or holds more potential for natural resources, than China. One of the pillars of NRCan’s work in China, is the development of eco-cities which can showcase Canadian wood products as well as clean technologies.

While Canada has been committed to the China market for more than the decade, the ongoing softwood lumber dispute with the United States makes the Chinese market more important than ever. Therefore, during June 5 and June 9th, the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr led a mission to Beijing and Tianjin, in order to build on the strong existing bilateral trade relationship and to promote Canada’s products and expertise in the areas of forestry, energy and clean technologies. The delegation accompanying the Minister consisted of senior industry representatives from the aforementioned sectors, as well as provincial representatives and Indigenous leaders.

Highlights of the Minister’s trip included the renewal of the 5-year memorandum of understanding with MOHURD. The MOU supports the development of eco-cities, which promote the use of wood in construction and other Canadian green technologies. Under the new MOU both partners will also explore the opportunity of replicating similar projects in other areas of China. For the forest sector, such projects create a discernable demand for lumber and thus can help support communities back home by expanding export markets for Canadian wood products.
During his trip to China, the Minister also visited the Sino-Canadian Low-Carbon Eco-District in Tianjin – a CAD$ 2.5 billion project. Minister Carr participated in the official launch of the eco-district site and presented certificates recognizing the district’s first Super E® townhome built using Canadian lumber and clean technologies.

The eco-district in Tianjin is a remarkable testament to what can be achieved when international partners cooperate in the interest of promoting environmental best practices. Canada is a proud participant in this ambitious project and will be happy to work with China to realize its goal of creating thriving green cities.” Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

Roundtable in Tianjin

During the mission, the forest sector delegation also met with Chinese stakeholders in Beijing and Tianjin. The meetings built on Minister Champagne’s meetings held in April, and brought key Chinese buyers and distributors to the same table with senior executives from the Canadian lumber industry, facilitating a discussion on the barriers facing Canadian lumber products.



Developing a Wood Culture Starts from an Early Age

Wood construction remains a widely unknown building system to many in China. Over the years, Canada Wood has spent significant efforts to cultivate a wood culture in the country. While usually we talk to university students and professionals in the construction industry, this time it was a much younger group that learnt about wood. 

Recently, Professor Yang HuiFeng from Nanjing Tech University was invited by the school of his 9-year-old son to share his work with the kids. Professor Yang gave a presentation named the “Miracle Wood”. His presentation covered:

  • Where the wood comes from
  • The anatomy of wood
  • Chinese characters with “Wood”
  • Famous Chinese idioms and allusions with “Wood”
  • What wood can be used for including everything from paper and pencils, and Legos which kids are grown up with, all the way to the modern schools and houses which are built with wood
  • Wood structures related research and design Prof. Yang was involved

The kids and the school teachers were absolutely surprised and intrigued to learn that wood can be used to build such beautiful houses and schools, and that you can even see such structures in China. When the kids were asked whether they would like to study and live in such wood buildings, they all had their little hands up and said very loudly “Yes, I want to”.

Professor Yang shared his interesting experience among all the members of “University Timber Structures Design and Education Committee” inspiring many of his colleagues to also plan similar visits to schools. It is becoming very common nowadays in China that parents are invited by schools (primary and high) to share their work so kids get to learn the “real world”.

Professor Yang stated later that he was really touched and encouraged when he saw the reaction and interest of the kids and the school towards his work and wood. As he noted, developing a wood culture starts from an early age. Hopefully with our efforts, we can generate more and more interests from schools. We also hope to see more and more wood to be used in the institutional buildings.