This Month’s Highlights
- China, Canada issue joint statement on climate change
- China Launches national carbon trading market
- Jiangsu Province forms innovation alliance for wood construction industry
- China releases new national standard for timber structure design
- NLT Char Margin Test Successful
- Doggy’s Island Resort & Villa Update
- Japan Economic Update: What’s Not to Like?
- COFI Contributes Technical Articles to Wood Industry Magazines
- Canada Wood Japan Hosts Korean Architect’s Delegation
- Canada Wood Keynote Presentation for the JAS 2×4 Lumber Council
- Canada Wood Hosts Minister Donaldson & Industry Leaders Mission
- Series of Super-E Workshops guided Energy Efficient WFC in Korea
- Participation in the 2017 Korea Wood Design Awards
- Canada Wood Seismic Design Workshop Held Successfully due to Earthquake in Pohang
- Korea Shows Interest in Seismic Design Wood Structure after Experiencing 2nd Earthquake
- University-based Training Combines WFC Training with Talent Donation
China, Canada issue joint statement on climate change
China and Canada have issued a joint statement on climate change and clean growth during the Annual Dialogue between the Chinese premier and the Canadian prime minister on December 5.
The two sides also agreed to establish two ministerial-level dialogues between their respective departments of environment and clean energy.
During the talks with visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called on the two sides to tap cooperation potential in areas such as clean technology, aviation and aerospace, civilian nuclear energy and agricultural science.
Trudeau called for closer cooperation in dealing with global challenges such as climate change. Read more
China Launches national carbon trading market
China has rolled out the world’s largest carbon emission trading market, a milestone that marks the country’s efforts to tackle growing environmental challenges, China’s top economic planning body announced on Dec.19.The nationwide carbon emission trading scheme will start with more than 1,700 companies in the coal-fire power generation industry, which emit over 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide in total each year, said Li Gao, Chief of Climate Division under the National Development and Reform Committee, at a press conference of the launch event.
In the carbon cap-and-trade program, a regulatory body sets a maximum national “cap” on greenhouse gas emissions, which include carbon dioxide and five other major gases, and are measured in terms of carbon dioxide equivalent. Each company in the trading market will be given a quota on the amount of greenhouse gas it is allowed to emit and can trade its unused quota to others for profits, Li explained.
Jiangsu Province forms innovation alliance for wood construction industry
Key players in construction industry have joined hands to establish a new alliance in Jiangsu to promote wood construction application in the eastern Chinese province.
The Jiangsu Modern Wood Construction Industry Alliance, which under the guidance of Jiangsu provincial MOHURD, has got 41 members onboard, including Canada Wood China and other industry heavyweights such as Nanjing Tech University, Suzhou Crownhomes Co and Jiangsu Architecture & Design Institute.
The new alliance that launched on December 14th, 2017 in Nanjing marked the province’s long time efforts to promote wood construction in the region, said Liu Dawei, Deputy Director General of Jiangsu Provincial Construction Department, at the launching ceremony.
Wang Hua, General Secretary of Jiangsu Civil Engineering Society, also commented that wood/ bamboo hybrid construction is the most environment-friendly way of construction and shall be more applied to projects such as resorts or tourism destinations. Read more
China releases new national standard for timber structure design
China has released a new design code for timber structure, which encourages industry to expand the use of wood and improve the grading system of wood strength.
The new standard, which numbered as GB50005-2017, will come into effect on August 1 this year, according to the Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural construction.
Item 3.1.3、3.1.12、4.1.6、4.1.14、4.3.4、4.3.6、7.4.11、7.7.1、11.2.9 in the new standard is compulsory and should be strictly implemented into practice, according to the ministry.
The new version has highlighted contents about the grading system of wood strength and its design specifications. It also pledges to improve the design criteria for glued timber structure and light wood structure. Read more
NLT Char Margin Test Successful
Increased attention is being paid to Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) in wooden building industry in Japan. As opposed to fire resistive PFC buildings, where wooden structures are cladded with gypsum boards, NLT presents an opportunity to visually expose wood. In particular, designers prefer NLT in floor applications because the occupant downstairs can appreciate the wooden ceiling surface above. Those applications are usually in large scale buildings where fire resistive or quasi-fire resistive performance is required. NLT can be used in quasi-fire resistive structures if a fire test shows that the remaining cross section can be structurally safe after burning. Read more
Doggy’s Island Resort & Villa Update
Construction continues as Unimat Group’s expands its Koyarunosato Doggy’s Island Resort & Villa property on the outskirts of Tokyo in Yachimata City, Chiba Prefecture. The last time COFI staff visited the site was when BC Minister Doug Donaldson led a Canada Wood industry leaders mission to tour the site on November 16, 2017. At that time, there was just a large hole in the ground where foundation work was being done to prepare for phase 3 at the property, a 42 room, 3,656m²3-storey 2×4 fireproof structure which now has been fully erected. Upon completion of this building in April 2018, the resort will have 141 guest rooms and the various PFC structures at this resort project will have roughly consumed 1,795 m³ or the equivalent of approximately 36 containers SPF dimension lumber in its construction. Read more
Japan Economic Update: What’s Not to Like?
A series of positive economic indicators are boosting Japan’s prospects for prosperous 2018. With the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe government now at its five-year mark, Japan is currently in its second longest growth phase since the end of WWII. GDP growth for 2017 is widely expected to reach 1.8%, beating out initial forecasts in the 1.2-1.3% range. The Nikkei 225 equity index reached the 23,000 mark in January, achieving its strongest performance since 1992. At 2.7% unemployment, one has to go back to the early 1970’s to find a similar statistical expression of virtually full employment. Broad based global recovery in 2017 supported multi-sector growth in Japan including exports, inbound tourism, public infrastructure, capital investment and commercial real estate. Even seemingly moribund industries such as Japanese semi-conductors, electronics and machinery are showing signs of life and repatriation of manufacturing. Read more
COFI Contributes Technical Articles to Wood Industry Magazines
At the request of the publishers, COFI wrote articles for three wood industry magazines in this autumn. October issue of “Housing and Wood”, published by HOWTEC*, featured a COFI’s technical note on post & beam horizontal diaphragm with Canadian dimension lumber. HOWTEC is also the publisher of Grey Book known as a bible for P&B structural design. This article could give a great impact to engineers’ community as the Grey Book publisher explained in its own monthly magazine how the Canadian dimension lumber can be applicable for Japanese the P&B structures. In November issue of “Wood Industry” magazine, COFI wrote about the recent technical developments on Midply Wall System. Read more
Canada Wood Japan Hosts Korean Architect’s Delegation
Between October 23rd and 24th Canada Wood Japan hosted a Korean delegation of architects led by Canada Wood Country Director Tai Jeong. A total of 14 participants attended a two-day program which included a series of Canada Wood Japan presentations on the Midply shear wall, a visit to Mitsui Home Component’s Saitama factory, a visit to the 6 storey PFC demonstration project at the Building Research Institute and a visit to the Centre for Better Living in Tsukuba to witness Midply P&B infill shear wall testing. The Korean architects were impressed by the development of Midply in Japan and appeared interested in adopting the use of this system in Korea. Read more
Canada Wood Keynote Presentation for the JAS 2×4 Lumber Council
On October 5th Canada Wood’s Shawn Lawlor delivered a keynote presentation on the current state of play in Canada’s forest sector. The conference was organized by the JAS 2×4 Lumber Council and was attended by 70 Council members – primarily from the procurement and sales divisions of lumber panel plants and importers. The topics covered included a review of Canadian forest product exports to the United States and major Asian destinations, an update on the impact of the MPB, an overview of the Softwood Lumber Dispute and review of the recent impacts of the BC wildfire situation. Read more
Canada Wood Hosts Minister Donaldson & Industry Leaders Mission
Coming in at just under 40 participants, Canada Wood hosted the largest BC MFLNRO and industry leader’s mission to date. The mission was held on November 16th and 17th. On day one mission attendees participated in a Japan strategy breakfast session and Embassy briefing, site visits to the Doggy Island PFC hotel construction site, 2×4 panel and truss plant CS Lumber, the Tokyo Lumber Terminal port facilities, the Japan Home Show and the Canadian Embassy for a reception of over 100 key Japanese industry forest products buyers and stakeholders. Read more
Series of Super-E Workshops guided Energy Efficient WFC in Korea
Canada Wood Korea in collaboration with Super-E Office/Energy Efficient Exporters Alliance (EEEA) held two Super-E Workshops in both November and December, 2017 to provide further training on new topics for those who attended the Advanced Technology Construction Training (ATCT) in Canada, which has focused on Super-E technology during the last 3 years.
The first Super-E Workshop, one-day program held in November in collaboration with the Korea Wood Construction Association (KWCA), has focused on training HOT2000 energy simulation and design software developed by the Natural Resources Canada. Jack Zhou, the Certified Energy Advisor from Ontario and EEEA consultant, shared his extensive experiences not only in running the software but also on methodical preparations for inputs gained from more than 5,000 simulations. Read more
Participation in the 2017 Korea Wood Design Awards
The 2017 Korea Wood Design Awards that has been sponsored by Canada Wood Korea since 2006 was held at the Hyundae Hillstate Gallery, Seoul from November 22.
The awards were given to the completed works and planning. The completed works award went to ‘CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) Single House’, which received the 2nd Super-E certification in Korea in 2016 with the technological support of Canada Wood. Read more
Canada Wood Seismic Design Workshop Held Successfully due to Earthquake in Pohang
Canada Wood Korea participated in the 2017 Korea Architecture Fair & Festival (KAFF) hosted by the Korea Institute of Registered Architects (KIRA) at COEX. KIRA is an association that all Korean architects are members of and it holds the KAFF to introduce various construction materials while holding seminars, etc. for architects during the event.
CWK has been setting up booths at KAFF every year and distributed ‘Guide to Good Practice’ and ‘WFC Standard Design Drawing Booklet’ published by CWK to architects visiting the booth. Furthermore, it has been sharing materials to help architects on wood structure materials and wood architecture design such as informing how to download the NLT Design & Construction Guide Brochure. Read more
Korea Shows Interest in Seismic Design Wood Structure after Experiencing 2nd Earthquake
Korea experienced the biggest earthquake in its history of seismic observation as a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do in September of last year. On November 15 of this year, Korea experienced another earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 in Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do.
The notion that Korea is no longer safe from earthquakes and the more intensified seismic design of building codes are becoming big issues following the two earthquakes.
CWK held the Technical Mission for Midply Shearwall and Wood Wall Bracing from October 15 to 25 to find solutions for seismic designs, which intensified last year, in which 14 people participated including Korea building code writers, architects, structural engineers, and builders. Read more
University-based Training Combines WFC Training with Talent Donation
Canada Wood Korea in collaboration with 5 universities – Don-Eui University, Dongseo University, Silla University, Dong-A University and Pukyong National University – located in Busan*, has successfully completed the University-based Training program titled as Canada-Korea Wood Festival 2017 from September 11 to September 17 for 7 days in conjunction with CWK’s participation in the 2017 Busan Kyunghyang Housing Fair (Korea Build).
*Busan is the 2nd largest city in Korea located on the southeastern tip of the peninsula
85 architecture and design students, the largest number of students that ever participated in a CWK training program, have completed the WFC training program consisted of 2 days of lectures at Pukyong National University and 5 days of practical training of building playhouses at the Outdoor Exhibition Area of the BEXCO. Read more