This Month’s Highlights
- Wood prefabricated construction getting attention
- “Making waves, moving markets”
- China Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments
- New MOHURD Minister Appointed
- 2017 Annual Joint Working Committee Meeting with China MOHURD
Wood prefabricated construction getting attention
Canada Wood China participated in a 3-day trade show – “2017 10th Green Architecture and Construction Materials Expo” (also known as “ESBuild”) from July 5th to July 9th. The trade show is recognized as the top exhibition of green building materials in Asia.
We built a 36m2 booth with Douglas-fir glulam inside which promotion materials of video, model and banners highlighting wood prefabrication technology are displayed. As China is undergoing massive urbanization and construction industrialization has been put on the priority of government agenda, Prefabricated Energy Efficient Wood Wall (PEEWW), a key wood prefabrication product we launched recently very well fit with the government push and market trend. Our displays of Canadian lumber products and illustration banners play a key role in changing industry professionals’ misperception towards wood usage in construction and inspiring them to adopt wood as green building materials. Read more
“Making waves, moving markets”
Canada Wood China participated in the Sylva Wood Trade Show from June 26th to June 28th in Shanghai. As Asia’s only trade expo for sourcing wood materials, Sylva Wood Trade Show attracted lots of professional visitors attending. We received a visitors from a range of backgrounds who are looking for suppliers and new materials, including:
- Furniture manufacturers
- Door and window manufacturers
- Lumber distributors
These are all within CW China’s primary target group. During the trade show, we introduced different species of lumber from Canada, their application in construction and manufacturing, as well as advanced wood technology. We built a valuable connection with customers who are eager to find a reliable supplier. We are exploring more exporting opportunities for Canadian lumber, especially in manufacturing sector. Read more
China Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments
China’s GDP grew 6.9% in the 2nd quarter which is the same figure compared to the previous quarter and slightly higher than most predictions and above Beijing’s stated growth target for year 2017. However, analysts forecasted this speedy growth will be difficult to maintain in the coming months as the government is now slowing down its rapidly ballooning debt. The economic growth of 2nd quarter was partially driven by stronger exports and production especially steel; this growth also strengthened the economy to meet the growth target of year 2017 (6.5%) which would provide rooms for policymakers to defuse financial risks. In the meantime, the growth of the property sector has cooled this year, the growth of exports after several years of decline helps prevent the slowdown of China’s economy. Read more
New MOHURD Minister Appointed
On June 27th 2017, Mr. Wang Menghui was appointed the Minister of MOHURD.
Wang Menghui’s Bio:
1978 – 1983: Studied Urban Planning and Design in Tsinghua University
1983 – 1995: Worked in Tsinghua University
1995 – 2017: Worked in Guangdong, Fujian and Liaoning Province with different important positions in government and Communist Party of China (CPC) system Read more
2017 Annual Joint Working Committee Meeting with China MOHURD
The annual Joint Working Committee (JWC) meeting was held on June 2, 2017 in Huailai, Hebei Province under the MOU framework between NRCan, BC MoFLNRO and MOHURD for cooperation on modern wood construction technology signed on December 2, 2015.
Representatives of MOHURD’s Department of S&T and Energy Saving on Buildings, Department of Planning, Finance and Foreign Affairs, Department of Standard and Quota, Centre of Science and Technology & Industrialization Development, Canada Wood China, and China Modern Wood Structure Construction Technology Industry Alliance attended the meeting. Read more
NLT Technical Work Begins
As part of our technical program for 2017, Canada Wood has commenced the of “Code Recognition of NLT (Nail Laminated Timber) Floor Systems” project. As this is the collaborative work with the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association, we started by making plans for the fire tests to confirm how realistic it can be to apply sacrificial char layer design approach to NLT in the Japanese building code. The “Nail Laminated Timber Construction Guide” that was recently published by Binational Softwood Lumber Council is remarkably useful reference to make the test plan. Apart from the fire tests, we conducted a survey looking for any existing structures that have been built with NLT in Japan. We found a small building that was completed in June, 2016, at Motoyoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. This building is a small gallery with the floor area of only 17m2, sitting just beside the Yamanote Avenue, known as one of the heaviest traffic in downtown Tokyo. Read more
Japan Economy & Housing Starts
Japan’s economy continued along a path of modest growth in an environment of low inflation and tightening labour conditions. Thanks to recovering inter-Asian trade, Japan’s exports jumped 9.5% between January to June. The strengthening outlook helped the Bank of Japan in lifting its GDP growth forecast for 2017 to 1.8% from 1.6%. Japan now has now had five consecutive quarters of GDP growth.
The nation is now at the limits of full employment with the unemployment rate averaging 3.0% and a jobs to works ratio at its strongest level in four decades, despite increasing participation of women, foreign laborers and the elderly into the economy. Lack of available labour has been identified by government officials as a barrier constraining growth. These constraints are in turn driving change in the workplace. Read more
Nursing Home Ekureshia Minamiizu
A large 3-storey elderly care facility is under construction in Izu Peninsula in Kamo District, Shizuoka Prefecture with a total floor area of 5,567 m². It is 2×4 fireproof structure and upon completion in January of 2018, the facility is estimated to consume 1,050 m³ of SPF dimension lumber in its construction. The facility will be owned and operated by Social Welfare Corporation Shiyuukai, is designed by MHS Planners, Architects & Engineers and the general contractor for the project is Ishiigumi. This is the first large 2×4 fireproof building that both the architect and general contractor have ever worked.
Canadian Wood Products Aid the Regeneration for Donuimun Village in Seoul
In 2016, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has decided regeneration of Donuimun village located right next to the Gyeonghuigung Palace, one of the 5 palace complexes in Seoul of the Kingdom of Joseon, to preserve its historic values, community and small businesses rather than demolishing and turning it into a neighbourhood park.
The village, which still retains the layout of streets and lots formed in 1800’s and has characteristics of an unplanned neighborhood grown over the years, has buildings and houses of various usages, ages and construction methods. Types of buildings range from traditional Korean post and beam houses, colonial era wooden structures to modern concrete structures. Read more
CK-FTA brings new tariff elimination for Canadian exports to Korea
The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) took effect on January 1st, 2015 and 85% of Canada’s exports benefited from duty free market access to Korea. Starting on January 1, 2017, 93% of Canada’s exports are eligible for duty-free access into Korea. Read more
Wood Frame House, Huge Popularity among People in 30s and 40s
tvN, a popular cable channel in South Korea, has been airing a popular weekly show that visits and interviews families living in houses they built rather than apartments. Koreans are sensitive to trends and ‘cooking’ has been a hot topic for a few years. Now their interest has turned to ‘housing’ from last year and building a house, DIY, interior work, and so forth became new keywords. Television programs also followed this trend and several new shows about housing have been launched recently. This is one of these shows.
This program visits a total of eight houses, one each week, to introduce the house through the owner, ask why they built a single family house or a duplex when most people live in apartments in South Korea. They are also asked about the advantages and disadvantages they felt while living in these homes, the cost of building their houses, and so on, and sometimes the architect explains the characteristics of the design. Read more
NIFoS Leading the Way to Tall Wood Mass Timber Buildings in Korea
The slogan for 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) to be held in Korea is “AGAIN, GOLDEN ERA OF TIMBER’, and the National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS formerly known as KFRI, the Korea Forest Research Insititute) is working hard to realize the goal by leading the way to Tall Wood Mass Timber buildings in Korea.
NIFoS, having completed 4 storey high post and beam research facility with total floor area 4,500 m2 in 2016, has a plan to build a 5 storey demonstration building in 2018 and 10 storey residential building by 2020 with CLT. NIFoS seems to be particularly interested in using CLT and has introduced the plan again in the 5th International Symposium on Timber Construction held in May 2017. Read more