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Chinese Journalists and Construction Companies Attend Forest Products Program

Wayne Iversen

By Wayne Iversen

Canada Wood Program Manager, COFI Vancouver

October 7, 2014

September 3-10, 2014 in Vancouver


The delegation gets close and personal on an active logging site in Mission, BC.

A delegation of thirty construction professionals and journalists attended a week long forest products and wood-frame construction program. The program included wood design training at the Global Buyers Mission in Whistler, construction sites visits, and an active logging site tour. Journalists from a Shanghai based bilingual magazine called ECO-nomy conducted interviews with the City of Vancouver about its 2020 Greenest City Action Plan as well as with several forest products representatives as well as with several architects.

Group gets to witness the largest spanning wood roof in North America at the Richmond Olympic Oval .

The Group gets to witness the largest spanning wood roof in North America at the Richmond Olympic Oval .

The wood design and construction industry in China is still in its infancy, but several company reps in this delegation acknowledged that wood construction has a very promising future in China. Here are some notable quotes from some of the Chinese attendees:

“The Chinese government is promoting eco-cities and wood is the most eco-friendly building material there is. It was encouraging to see well managed forests and sustainable logging practices. This program has made me a true advocate of wood products and wood buildings.”
General Manager, Tianjin Rishang Integrated Housing Co., Ltd., Li Xiangdong.
“Canadian designers and site workers have a very high standard. Everything has to
be perfect. I hope that my company can adopt this ideology.”
General Manager, Yingkou Integrated Houses Co., Ltd., Qin Bangguo.
“China needs more residential and commercial wood buildings because of its superior seismic performance. More wood construction means safer living.”
President, Gyours Decoration Co., Ltd., Su Jiansong.
“China will adopt more wood construction systems in the future because it is the only environmentally friendly building material. There is increasing pressure from both the Chinese government and society to construct buildings that are greener. Wood is more expensive, but you get what you pay for.”
Chairman of Hubei Jinxinlong Steel Structure Industrial Co., Ltd., Shi Zuhong.