Sino-Canada Eco-district project shows progress
The Sino-Canada Eco-District project, which is located in the Tianjin Binhai Tourism area is making progress. The project area is 1.8 km2 with the first phase over a five year period of about 1 Km2. The current investors/developers of the project are a joint venture (BSD-TEDA) between the TEDA Investment Holding Group and the Beijing Science Park Development Group. It is part of the larger Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Administrative region. The land use plan for the project has been developed and B+H, a leading Canadian design firm with extensive experience in China, has been selected to work with the local Design Institute to complete the Master Plan of the project and to reflect Canadian best practices for sustainable communities.
On June 25th, a significant milestone was reached with an event in Tianjin Binhai with the presence of Ambassador Saint-Jacques, senior officials from The Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Administrative Committee, Natural Resources Canada, Ca
nada Wood, Presidents of both BSD and TEDA and the project team leader from B+H. Over 30 KPIs were developed by The Canadian and Chinese sides for this project, including one that says that the proportion of buildings that use various wood building applications needs to be at least 60% of all structures. This is a tremendous opportunity for Canada in that it will be the first large-scale community-sized demonstration area for wood in construction. It is an opportunity, with exemptions approval from MOHURD, to demonstrate new wood technologies and innovations that go beyond current Chinese codes. Canada Wood signed a MOU with BSD-TEDA offering its technical support services for this project. Construction of the first structure is anticipated to start in the first half of 2016.