This Month’s Highlights
- Canada Wood promotes wood construction and green building in Beijing
- China’s environment tax law comes into effect
- China Economic Update, Construction & Lumber Shipments
- Installation of PEEWW completed on Yantong project
- Grand Opening Ceremony for Super-E® and Net-Zero Demonstration Houses
- 21 Participants of the Advanced Technology Construction Training in Canada Presented with Super-E® Designate Certificates
- Earthquake in Pohang, “If they were wooden buildings, the damage would not have been so bad”
- Korea Economic Update, Housing Starts & Lumber Shipments
Canada Wood promotes wood construction and green building in Beijing
Canada Wood China has joined hands with Chinese government to promote the idea of wood construction and green building at a recent policy forum in Beijing.
The international policy forum — led by Canada Wood China, experts from B.C. and China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD)— shared best practices on wood construction, with a focus on opportunities for B.C. to collaborate with Chinese government and construction industry in advancing low-carbon development.
The Honourable Premier of British Columbia John Horgan and Chen Yimin, Chief Engineer of MOHURD, were invited to make opening remarks at the forum while over 200 professionals and stakeholders, including senior government officials, university professors, designers and developers attended the forum last Wednesday that themed “International Policy Forum on Wood Construction and Green Building.” Read more
China’s environment tax law comes into effect
As part of its efforts to fight against pollution, China has rolled out its first environment protection tax law on January 1.
The tax law, which replaced a decades-long pollutant discharge fee system, targets enterprises and public institutions that discharge listed pollutants directly into the environment, including heavy polluters such as furniture manufacturers across the country.Companies will pay taxes for producing noise, air and water pollutants, as well as solid waste, according to the law. Read more
China Economic Update, Construction & Lumber Shipments
2017 Q4 highlights and outlook for 2018:
- China economy has cooled down slightly in Q4 2017 due to its transition to a more sustainable growth path; investment growth went slower in November 2017 under a cooling property market along with the continuedly weak industrial production led by the approaches to better air quality during winter.[i] Analytical reports estimated the GDP growth in Q4 2017 could be 6.6% which dipped from 6.8% in Q3 and 6.9% from Q2 but still higher than the targeted growth for the year (6.5%).[ii]
- Chinese analysts made the outlook for China in 2018 which will be brighter after experienced through a difficult year (2017) without significant scratches. The world’s second economy aims to deeper supply-side structural reforms, continue the regulation storm, escalate wars on pollution, maintain real estate regulation, carry on reforming state-owned enterprises and keep doors opening wider such as increasing imports, cutting import tariffs on certain products, providing greater opportunities to firms from abroad, granting more power to pilot free trade zones and etc.[iii] Read more
MInstallation of PEEWW completed on Yantong project
Installation of prefabricated energy efficient wood walls (PEEWW) has been completed on the first floor of a demo project in Changzhou City.
The project that supported by Canada Wood China (CWC) is a two-story construction with a precast concrete frame and PEEWW.
It took builders just four hours to complete the first floor walls as all the walls were already prefabricated offsite. The walls were installed in a precast concrete frame at the construction site in Wujin Green Construction Industry District.
The installation of the second floor prefabricated wood walls is expected to take place the week of January 29th 2018. while the work on roofing is slated to be completed by early March 2018. Read more
Promoting 2×4 Midrise in Japan
On January 23rd Canada Wood’s Shawn Lawlor was invited to deliver a presentation on PFC Midrise construction trends in Canada as part of a symposium for architects and builders. The symposium was sponsored by Hasebe Corporation, a mid-sized builder that is active in promoting 4 storey wooden Midrise construction in Japan. A total of 62 industry professionals were in attendance. The symposium topics covered included architect case study examples of wooden Midrise construction in Japan. Read more
Grand Opening Ceremony for Super-E® and Net-Zero Demonstration Houses
The collaboration of the Super-E® Office/EEEA and GICO-DSK, the developer and builder of Canada Village in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province, has culminated in the opening ceremony of 2 houses certified as the Super-E® House and Net-Zero House held on December 14, 2017 at the Gapyeong Canada Village site.
The two houses represent the 3rd and 4th Super-E® Certified Houses in Korea and 11 more houses will be built at the same block targeting Super-E® House or Net-Zero House certification by the Super-E® Office next year in 2018.
GICO-DSK has signed an MOU with the EEEA in July 2017 for technical supports for the construction of 13 houses to Super-E®, Net-Zero Houses, and EEEA’s consultants (Jack Zhou and Ken Klassen) have visited Korea 3 times during the critical stages of the construction to verify compliance and to provide technical support and Quality Assurance. Read more
21 Participants of the Advanced Technology Construction Training in Canada Presented with Super-E® Designate Certificates
CWK and Super-E® Office/EEEA held a ceremony to present Super-E® Designate Certificates to 21 participants of the 2017 Advanced Technology Construction Training in Canada on December 13 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Seoul.
All participants of the 2017 training have passed the final exam at the end of 11 day extensive training course held in July of 2017 at the Chilliwack Campus of the University of the Fraser Valley in collaboration with Super-E® Office/EEEA, UFV and CWK. Read more
Earthquake in Pohang, “If they were wooden buildings, the damage would not have been so bad”
The Presidential Commission on Architecture Policy presented an opinion that wood frames should be used for building houses to ensure the safety of people from disasters including earthquakes.
At the Wood Industry Awards Ceremony held at the Incheon Songdo Convensia on December 7, 2017, Hae-seong Je, Chief Commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Architecture Policy started his speech by saying “I would like to show my support to the Pohang citizens and victims suffering from the earthquake” and also added, “I hope we can enhance disaster and safety management by building more wooden buildings in the future”. Read more
Korea Economic Update, Housing Starts & Lumber Shipments
In line with the South Korean government’s economic outlook, the Bank of Korea raised South Korea’s GDP growth forecast for 2018 to 3% on expectations of continued domestic demand recovery and robust export growth.
Consumer prices are expected to rise by 1.7% this year with the increased minimum wage regulation enforced from this year. In July last year, the South Korean government decided to raise the minimum wage by 16% to 7,530 won (US$6.60) for this year, marking the biggest jump in about two decades and this wage hike would impact consumer prices and overall economic growth. Read more