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House Built by Inexperienced Homeowner Using Canada Wood’s Guide to Good Practice

Lance Tao

By Lance Tao

Director of Communications, Canada Wood Shanghai

November 4, 2014

Mr. Zhang Fuhua's first ever self built wood frame house.

Mr. Zhang Fuhua’s first ever self built wood frame house.

Wood frame construction (WFC) is regarded as a new and slightly complicated building system in China. In Canada it is common for non-expert homeowners to build their own houses. In rural China this is also common when brick or concrete homes are built but it is practically unheard of with wood. A homeowner who taught himself how to build using Canada Wood’s cornerstone WFC technical guide “The Guide to Good Practice” recently completed a new house in his village.

Mr. Zhang Fuhua, a successful farmer

Canada Wood's Guide to Good Practice, Chinese Edition, is used extensively by Mr. Zhang Fuhua allowing him to build his own wood frame home.

Canada Wood’s Guide to Good Practice, Chinese Edition, is used extensively by Mr. Zhang Fuhua allowing him to build his own wood frame home.

with a background in traditional carpentry lives in rural Zhejiang province. He completed construction on the first WFC structure he has ever built. Amazingly, Mr.

Zhang did not have any experience or training on the modern wood construction. He taught himself how to build using the 2×4 system by following The Guide To Good Practice. During the construction stage, Canada Wood’s technical team kept in close communication with him to provide suggestions and advice. Mr. Zhang plans to pursue his new interest in wood construction by taking a Canada Wood College builder training course in November 2014.