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CAF Codes Developed

The expert approved meetings of the three newly developed codes and standards by CAF was held on March 29 and 30 in Shanghai. Two of them are national codes, which are Laminated veneer lumber for timber structures and Wood I-beams, while… more

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Promoting Demonstration Buildings in China

A point of discussion at the last Canada Wood strategy session was whether more could be done to promote the demonstration projects in China.
The primary purpose of demonstration projects is to convince project partners of the feasibility… more

NRCAN signs MOU with China MOHURD

MOU between the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the Department of Natural Resources of Canada Concerning Cooperation in the Technology of Development of Eco-Cities (Haiyan Zhang)
This MOU signing was the highlight of… more

Lumber Exports to China

BC softwood lumber export volume to China in January’12 reached 613,945 cubic meters, a 56% increase over January’11.  BC softwood lumber export value for January’12 reached $68.8 million, a 12% increase over… more

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China Housing Market Update

A collapse in the housing market remains one of the greatest risks to the Chinese economy. Investment in housing accounts for about 10 percent of GDP.  It grew by about 25 percent in real terms last year. A slowdown to 10 percent this… more

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China Economic Update

January-February indications: further slowing
Two of the three demand indicators suggest that the economy has continued to slow in 2012Q1. Real sales averaged 11 percent in January-February, down from 13 percent in Q4.
The trade data has… more

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Construction Resumes in Kunming

Work on the 1070, Super E, wood frame residential units in the Shining Star project in Kunming, will resume next month. As we reported in January, over the winter work on the wood frame villas slowed significantly while the developer… more

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Technical Workshop at UBC

UBC and CanadaWood organized a short technical workshop in Vancouver with key participants from China from Jan 30-Feb3. The intent of this workshop was:

to obtain the latest information from leading academics, architects and design… more

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Designer Training Underway at Nanjing

A set of modern light weight wood frame construction designer training is currently underway from February 20 to 29, 2012 at the Nanjing Forestry University. Canada Wood worked collaboratively with the university’s Wood Industry… more

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Wood-Frame College Update

An introductory training to Wood Frame Building Systems is currently underway from February 20 to March 9, 2012 at the Shanghai Urban Management College (SUMC). The college is a pioneer partner of Canada Wood whose cooperation relationship… more

Xinjiang Seminar

Xinjiang has been an emerging market since 2010, and the Xinjiang government has issued favorable policy for wood frame construction.  Xinjiang currently has implemented WFC in resort housing, reroofing, villa projects, and rural housing… more

Harper Visits Canada Wood Demonstration

February 9, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper escorted a group of journalists to the Green Building Design Centre in Langfang to highlight the forest industry’s market development achievements.
Fifteen Canada Wood College… more

China Lumber Shipments Update

BC softwood lumber export volume to China for the year 2011 reached 7.31 million cubic meters, a 60% increase over 2010. Similarly, BC softwood lumber export value for 2011 reached $1.1 billion, a 60% increase over 2010. Information from… more

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China Housing Update

The IMF concludes that the government’s efforts to cool the property sector have been effective. The market is beginning to deflate, with price growth slowing and transaction volumes down.  However, underlying investment remains… more

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China Economic Update

The IMF has recently released its economic outlook for China for 2010 with the following prognosis.
China’s economy has shown its resilience in the midst of a difficult external environment buoyed by corporate profitability and rising… more

Jiangsu Adopts WFC Codes

The future of wood frame construction took a short step out of Shanghai and into the Yangtze Delta in January 2012 with the adoption of local wood frame construction codes by Jiangsu Province.
The Jiangsu codes supports multi-storey and… more

CAF Codes Developed

January 2012 – there were three newly drafted codes developed by China Academy of Forestry (CAF). Two of them are national level codes and the other one is industrial level standard. Chun Ni, Haiyan Zhang and Helen Guo were invited… more

Hainan Seminar

This half-day seminar was in response to the booming wood frame market in the resort-housing sector in Hainan.  The seminar began with an outline of the advantages of using wood for construction, followed by construction practices and… more