Canada Wood Asian Manager’s Regional Meeting

Group photo in front of the 2X4 elderly care project under construction in Kanagawa Prefecture

A Canada Wood Asian manager’s regional meeting took place in Japan from April 25th to 28th. At the meeting, 15 persons from 5 countries (Canada, China, Korea, Indian and Japan) gathered to familiarize themselves with their colleagues and sister markets to exchange information and best practices for developing opportunities and expanding international markets for Canadian wood products. Of the three full days that the manager’s spent together for meetings, presentation and brainstorming sessions, one day was set aside for the group get out of Tokyo to visit Polus Tech’s Post & Beam Pre-Cut Manufacturing Plant in Ibaraki Prefecture, Mitsui Home Component’s 2×4 & Truss Component Manufacture Plant in Saitama Prefecture, and last but not least a tour of a 2,200m² three-storey 2×4 fireproof elderly care facility under construction in Kanagawa Prefecture, designed by Issiki Architects & Partners, constructed by Nagai Construction Co., Ltd. and the structural materials supplied by Wing Co., Ltd. I would like to take this opportunity to thank these Japanese companies and their staff who generously took time out of their busy schedules and hosted our group.

Result of 6th Year Inspection of Preservative-treated Canadian Species in Korea: Thumbs-Up

Professor Ra and Dr. Morris inspecting above ground samples

Dr. Paul Morris, Research Leader of FPInnovations’ Durability and Building Enclosure Group, visited Korea to inspect the performance of two Canadian wood species, White Spruce and W. Hemlock, treated with ACQ and CA to CSA O80 Standards at the field testing site in Jinju city in the southern part of the Korean peninsula, with Dr. Jong Bum Ra, Professor of Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology’s Department of Indoor Materials Engineering on March 16, 2017.

The result: Thumbs Up!

The joint inspection revealed that all the pressure-treated specimens were in very good condition both in ground contact and above ground and there were no sign of deterioration either by termites attack or decay fungus after more than 6 years, while many untreated controls failed and had to be replaced every two or three of years.

The result of the inspection strongly suggests that the performance of Spruce and Hemlock treated to the Canadian Standards will be as good in even longer term and even the current results warrants revising or developing new wood preservation standards in Korea. It has been said that Korean wood preservation standards were written from assortments of overseas standards in the absence of local testing data. However, we now have the data for the two species.

Meet Canadian architecture’s unlikely new idols

Written by Alex Bozikovic, The Globe and Mail

Uros Novakovic, Nicolas Koff and Sebastian Bartnicki – who run Toronto’s Office OU – won an international design competition to plan a National Museum Complex in South Korea, a triumph that could put them on the global map of contemporary architecture.

“Canada’s architectural idols, Office OU, a trio of young Canadian architects, brings the ease and comfort of being at one with nature!” Reading this quote from a Korean news site, Uros Novakovic busts into laughter; across the cafe table his business partner, Nicolas Koff, giggles over his green tea latte.

I have to laugh as well. The two don’t seem like any sort of “idols.” They are bearded and hoodied young architects, obscure in their home city of Toronto and at home among the freelancers in this downtown café.

And yet in South Korea they have won a very serious victory: Office OU, the firm that they run with their partner Sebastian Bartnicki, triumphed in an international design competition to plan a National Museum Complex in the new administrative capital city of Sejong. They beat out 80 other firms from 25 countries for the job, which includes master-planning a two-million-square-foot complex and then designing three buildings, including a national children’s museum. The project is at the scale of Museum Island in Berlin or the Smithsonian in Washington. Continue reading

Treated Wood Technical Seminar Recognizes Need for Revision of Korean Preservation Standards

Greetings by Chair of KWPA

Canada Wood Korea in collaboration with the Korea Wood Preservation Association (KWPA) held the International Technical Seminar on Treated Wood on March 17, 2017 in Seoul. Three speakers for the seminar came from Canada, Japan and Korea.

41 key stakeholders representing not only industry such as members of KWPA, Korea Wood Association, Korea Wood Construction Association, Korea Federation of Wood Industrial Society, Canadian wood product agents but also government, research and standard-writing institutes such as Korea Forest Service, National Institute of Forest Science, formerly known as Korea Forest Research Institute, and Korea Forestry Promotion Institute attended the seminar.

Mr. Daisuke Tezuka’s presentation on behalf of Japan Wood Preservation Association

The first speaker, Daisuke Tezuka of Kanematsu Sustec Co. introduced overview of Japanese codes, standards, certification and quality control relating to wood preservation on behalf of Japan Wood Preservation Association. The second speaker, Dr. Paul Morris of FPInnovations explained the background and need for the separation of residential and industrial products in wood preservation standards, Canadian Use Categories and CSA Residential Products Groups.

Many questions were asked and answered during Q&A session

The final speaker, Prof. Jong Bum Ra of Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology presented a strong case for revising or easing Korean Preservation Standards to expand the use of refractory wood species in certain use categories and creating separate standard for residential products by analyzing the industry, market, standards and enforcement of Sustainable Use of Wood Law. Prof. Ra also presented the result of the 6th year field testing inspection of the Spruce and Hemlock specimens treated to CSA O80 Standards at Jinju field testing site, which evidently supports his claims. Equipped with the fresh performance data to back him up, he was confident about the need for revising standards. But it remains to be seen whether the message was got through to the key regulator and code-writers who attended the seminar.

Architects interest in Super E® House and Wood infill wall system

Tai Jeong introduces activities of Canada Wood

On February 24, Canada Wood Korea held an intensive workshop for young talented architects to introduce Canadian Super-E® technology and wood in-fill wall system.

As the first speaker of this workshop, Tai Jeong of CWK introduced Canada Wood Group’s activities in Korea, trends of low energy wood houses and tall wood-mass timber structures being built in Canada. As the second speaker, CEO G.B. Kim of the Stuga Wood Construction who built the 2nd official Super-E® House certified by Super-E® Office presented the technical data that should be considered when constructing the Super-E® House in Korean climate, a mixed-temperature condition.

Architects hang on presenter’s every word

Lastly, Mr. Lee, Head architect of Kwangjang Architects presented various wood infill wall case studies in Korea he involved with including a recent completed 6-storey office building in downtown Seoul. More than 20 Architects who participated in the CWK hosted workshop for the first time showed keen interest in the workshop subjects which they feel very new and very innovative. After the presentations, the participants freely exchanged ideas about the wood as a building material and the innovative wood building systems over networking dinner provided by CWK.