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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.
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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

Chinese Developers Visit Wood Demonstrations In China

Canada Wood hosted a mission group consisted of 90 developer companies to visit projects of SIIC, Sanlin affordable housing and Jinqiao townhouse/villa in Shanghai from Dec 19-21. This  largest  ever scale mission tour achieved above… more

Internationally Recognized Award Program Chooses Wood

Xiamen University chose wood for SD China
Solar Decathlon China (SD China) has selected 34 universities to participate in the inaugural SD China competition to be held in Datong, China in August 2013. Co-hosted by China National Energy… more

China Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

The State of the Economy

Growth in 2012 was the slowest since the late 1990s (7.8% GDP growth over 2011). The economy was hit by weak demand from its trading partners as well as the effect of policies designed to improve housing… more

Canada Wood Active in Chinese Eco-City Development

In his final address to the People’s Congress during the 18th Party Congress in Beijing on Nov 7th, President Hu Jintao underlined China’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  China is serious about tackling climate… more

Imitation the best form of flattery

Chinese designers copy proven designs in absence of wood design expertise
Throughout China, there are several new wood buildings that look very similar to other buildings that have been built both in China and in North America. There is a… more

The Fast Development of WFC in Xinjiang

With the support of local government and Canada Wood, Xinjiang Jichen Wood Structure Construction Co. Ltd. substantially grew in 2012. The company completed the sale of a WFC project for 200 million RMB in Xinjiang and has recently signed… more