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Wood offers healthy alternative for elderly care construction

Kajia Deng

By Kajia Deng

January 2, 2019

As China faces challenges due to an aging population, property owners have shown an increased interest in choosing green and energy-saving wood frame buildings for seniors, a message voiced at the annual Sino-Canada Wood Conference in Beijing on December 12.

More than 250 professionals attended the conference organized by Canada Wood China. The theme was “Getting better with age: Timber Design for Senior and Assisted Living Facilities”,

As of the end of 2017, seniors accounted for 17.3 percent of China’s population and this is predicted to increase to 35 percent by 2050, according to the China National Committee on Aging.

Canada has exported 3.77 million cubic meters of softwood lumber to China by October, accounting for 19 percent of its grand total export, according to the figure released by BC Council of Forest Industries.