Chinese Developers Visit Canada
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 long training mission to Canada. Among the group were developers with an interest to develop ski-resorts and other types of resorts in China, builders who have had some experience in WFC, lumber traders and designers who want to learn more about WFC in Canada.
To meet the needs of every member, we arranged a variety of different aspects to the mission. Included in the mission were presentations by several different wood industry experts in their specific fields including; Wood Design featuring green building (by Peter Moonen, WoodWORKS), Chinese Building Code (by Ni Chun, FPInnovations), City Planning and Development (by Andrew Merrill, City of Coquitlam) and the Development of Whistler (by Kevin Damaskie, Resort Municipality of Whistler) were among some of the detailed presentations. The group also visited Viceroy Homes, a prefab factory which demonstrated the efficiently and short construction period required in wood frame construction. In order to put all that they had heard and seen, the group took to several active construction job-sites including multi-family and single family dwellings in the Township of Langley, Vancouver and Coquitlam. For examples of large commercial and public buildings using wood, sites visited were the Richmond Olympic Oval and the FPInnovation Wood Science Labs building in UBC. To round off this week of education and to assist in the understanding of how we are able to sustain lumber supply, the group visited a local forest harvest site to show and explain the techniques used in order to maintain our sustainable supply in Canada. Following this, a visit to the local INTERFOR Acorn sawmill showed the sequencing from log to lumber. All in all, the group left Canada with a newfound understanding of wood and its capabilities and an eager desire to show and teach their respective counterparts.