CW China positions wood as a solution for China’s rapidly changing construction practices
On December 1st 2017 Canada Wood China signed an MOU at the Canadian embassy in Beijing with Tianjin based BSD-TEDA on the research, development and application of prefabricated non-load bearing Energy Efficient Wood Wall technology at the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) funded Sino-Canadian low-carbon eco-district project in Tianjin. The project is an opportunity to participate in China’s rapidly changing construction practices and to help find a lasting role for wood as a green building material.
Canada Wood China is excited to be involved in the construction of three 4-storey office buildings in the area. Pilot projects such as these are critical for driving the construction industry forward – the trial project will allow CW China optimize and fine-tune the production and installation of the wood infill wall solution within an actual construction project. Actual
performance is required to convince future partner companies that this system is feasible for them. It will also provide CW China with a better understanding of the cost viability of the wood infill wall and help flag any technical issues that need to be resolved.
BSD TEDA views the wood infill wall system as an energy efficient solution that can be prefabricated and help speed up their construction time. Tianjin has one of China’s strictest requirements for energy efficiency.
The MOU was signed during China-leg of the annual B.C. Forest Sector Mission to Asia, during a reception for influential Chinese stakeholders at the Canadian embassy in Beijing.
Background on the Tianjin eco-district project
The Tianjin eco-district project is China’s first large-scale community-sized demonstration area for wood in construction. The Tianjin Sino-Canada Low Carbon Eco-District Demonstration Project aims to adapt suitable Canadian best practices in sustainable urban planning, community infrastructure and buildings for mixed-use, waterfront developments. The project also hopes to maximize the opportunities to integrate the use of innovative Canadian products, services and technologies. This includes, but is not limited to, wood in construction, energy efficiency and alternative energy and clean technologies for water and waste.
MOHURD’s involvement in the eco-district project will enable buildings to be legally approved as test cases, which presents an opportunity to demonstrate wood construction designs that go beyond the current code limitations, for example, building height and limitations on the use of innovative wood materials such as cross-laminated timber (CLT). This type of approach can be an effective way to relax current code restrictions.