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China’s Fire Code
An important and significant initiative for Canada Wood over the last 8 years has been collaboration on the national fire code with relevant Chinese authorities.   China’s fire code GB50016 sets out the… more

Rural Housing Opportunity in Guizhou, China

Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture in Guizhou province in southwest China is a mountainous region with a tradition of using wood as a main building material to build traditional post and beam structures. However, these… more

Crown Homes On-site Training for Suzhou Clubhouse

Crown Homes is in the process of setting up their own internal training program to create a team of specialists in wood frame construction.  Their goal is to have an internal training program that will produce wood frame construction… more

The First Wood Kindergarten in China

The first wood kindergarten in China is currently under construction in Wuhan, developed by Greenland. Greenland
was also the developer for the Xiang’e school in Dujiangyan after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, its first venture into WFC…. more

China Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

The State of the Economy
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told German business leaders that his country is confronted by “huge” challenges as it seeks 7% annual growth this decade, down from more than 10% in the previous 10 years. … more

Technical Seminar in Chengdu

Canada Wood and FII co-sponsored a very high-profile technical seminar held in Chengdu April 15-16, followed by a group tour to Beichuan Red Maple Elderly Care Centre. 250 designers, architects, building safety experts and researchers from… more

Green Building Show Report

The International Conference on Green and Energy-efficient Building & New Technologies and Products Expo( IGEBC), also known as the Green Building Show received great support from Chinese government and overseas organizations and… more

Designer Training for Crowne Homes

Crowne Home’s office GM attended the Canada Wood designer training at Tongji University in Shanghai in March, 2013. From that, she requested that we provide a shortened 3-day version of the training to her office staff.
The weekend… more

Minister Ed Fast visits China

During his visit to China, on April 17th, Canada’s International Trade Minister Ed Fast visited Tianjin Jia Yu Industry Trade Co. (also known as the Wu brothers company).  Jia Yu is the second largest Chinese importer of Canadian… more

China Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

2013 Q1 GDP Report: The Worst of Both Worlds

GDP growth came in below expectations at 7.7 percent (y/y).
The NBS’s data on sources of demand show that most of the weakness in the quarter came from investment. However, private… more

A breakthrough in wood construction design software

Until recently, wood construction designers didn’t have access to a software package that could provide both structural and architectural designs based on the Chinese building code. However, a Chinese designer, who was with Paragon and… more

Chinese Developers Visit Canada

Developer Mission Video, Part 1
Developer Mission Video, Part 2
As the application of wood frame construction is becoming more and more widespread in China, we invited twenty-two delegates interested in wood frame construction for a week… more

Vocational School Training Initiative

The Sino-Canadian “China Modern Wood Frame Construction Technology Project” vocational training round table was held in Deyang Vocational School, Sichuan, on March 27th. 54 representatives from MOHURD, vocational schools (20 in total),… more

China Economy, Housing and Lumber Shipments

The State of the Economy 
Former Premier Wen Jiabao, during his final address at the March 2013 National People’s Congress, announced the government’s 2013 major economic development goals as follows:
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)… more

China Economy, Housing, and Lumber Shipments

The State of the Economy
China’s exports and imports surged in January as the first hard data of the year pointed to robust domestic demand and a pick up in the economy not solely explained by the timing of the Lunar New Year… more

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Construction Companies Yearn for Skilled Trades

Crown Homes has recognized the need for creating a training system to address the need of a shortage of labour within the wood frame industry.  They have put together a team to lead this initiative and they met with us (Canada Wood) to… more

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Chinese Trades Training Taking Positive Step Forward

SUMC (CW’s Shanghai vocational school parter) held an opening ceremony in January for the new Wood Frame Training Center that was built by cooperation between CW, Crown Homes and SUMC.  This project was originally proposed in early 2011… more