This Month’s Highlights
- Sino-Canadian Wood Construction Cultural Festival Kicks off
- Canada Wood partners with Canada Pavilion at CIIE
- Beijing hosts first China-Canada Economic and Financial Strategic Dialogue (EFSD) on November 12, 2018.
- Wood offers healthy alternative for elderly care construction/a>
- Shanghai Xijiao banquet hall completes wood construction
- WFC projects awarded in tourism and healthcare
- Midply Makes It’s Debut at the Green Book Seminars
- Full Scale 4-Storey PFC Testing Successful to Streamline Midrise Structural Calculations
Sino-Canadian Wood Construction Cultural Festival Kicks off
The first “Sino-Canadian Wood Construction Cultural Festival – Low-carbon Energy-saving Symposium” was held in Tianjin on October 31. It was cohosted by BSD-TEDA Investment Development Company and Canada Wood China.
Representatives from Canadian side: Ms. Mallika Bhatt, Director of the Innovation and Energy Technology Division of the Canadian Federal Ministry of Natural Resources, Mr. Matthew Pal, Second Secretary and Trade Commissioner of the Canadian Embassy in China, Eric Wong, Managing Director of Canada Wood China and representatives from Chinese side: Mr. Zhao Zhixiong, General Manager Beijing Science Development Co., Ltd., Mr. Wang Gang, Chairman of BSD-TEDA Development Co., Ltd. attended the festival opening. Read more
Canada Wood partners with Canada Pavilion at CIIE
Canada Wood China presented in Canadian Pavilion in the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) held in Shanghai from November 5 to 10, 2018.
The CIIE is an echo to President Xi’s announcement at the Belt and Road Forum in May 2017. It is a significant move for the Chinese government to hold CIIE to give firm support to trade liberalization and economic globalization and actively open the Chinese market to the world. It facilitates countries and regions all over the world to strengthen economic cooperation and trade, and to promote global trade and world economic growth in order to make the world economy more open. Read more
Beijing hosts first China-Canada Economic and Financial Strategic Dialogue (EFSD) on November 12, 2018.
The first China-Canada Economic and Financial Strategic Dialogue (EFSD) was held in Beijing on November 12. China’s State Councilor Wang Yong co-chaired the dialogue with Canada’s Finance Minister William Morneau and Minister of International Trade Diversification James Carr.
As the joint outcomes of the EFSD, the two countries reaffirm or agree their support and cooperation on a list of 48 areas to strengthen the bilateral economic relationship. And the results could benefit both sides in a win-win situation, according to a statement after the dialogue. Read more
Wood offers healthy alternative for elderly care construction
As China faces challenges due to an aging population, property owners have shown an increased interest in choosing green and energy-saving wood frame constructions for seniors, a message sent at the annual Sino-Canada Wood Conference in Beijing on December 12.
Themed “Getting better with age: Timber Design for Senior and Assisted Living Facilities”, more than 250 professionals attended the conference organized by Canada Wood China. Read more
Shanghai Xijiao banquet hall completes wood construction
A new wooden banquet hall has been completed in October 2018, inside Xijiao State Guest Hotel Shanghai, a five-star hotel famous for hosting luxurious banquets and events for world leaders.
Wood products are used extensively for the main structure and as a main feature in the banquet hall’s design. The result is a warm and congenial dining environment with a pleasing appearance sure to attract publicity.
This project is the outcome of a long-term partnership with Donghu Group, one of the three state-owned tourism groups in Shanghai. Read more
WFC projects awarded in tourism and healthcare
A total of 67 outstanding wood frame construction projects from 35 companies in the tourism and healthcare industries were awarded at the Sino-Canada Wood Conference in Beijing on December 12, 2018.
Organized by Canada Wood China, the “2018 China Outstanding Cultural Tourism and Healthcare Wood Structure Construction Competition” was created to promote green, comfortable and inventive technology in wood frame constructions. Read more
Midply Makes It’s Debut at the Green Book Seminars
As reported in this blog in August 2018, the Midply Wall System has been officially positioned in the Japanese PFC building code by means of a revision to the “Green Book” structural design manual. Local building officials refer to this structural design manual publication as a basis for approval when they issue building permits. This is the first update of the Green Book since 2007 and the manual revisions contained therein are designed to facilitate the use of PFC in large scale and midrise construction. On November 8th, the first seminar took place in Tokyo to explain the overview of the Green Book revisions. Read more
Full Scale 4-Storey PFC Testing Successful to Streamline Midrise Structural Calculations
Thanks to the past 2-hour fire resistive approvals, midrise PFC buildings of up to 6 storeys are now technically achievable in Japan. However, the hurdles are still too high for the structural designers to seek the building permits. This is due to the complicated procedures currently required. To currently apply for the building permits on PFC buildings with 4 storeys or higher, expert peer checks and the “retained lateral force calculations” are required whereas these are not obligated to P&B buildings. Therefore, Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association decided to establish a technical project to remove these discriminative procedures required only to PFC buildings. Read more
South Korea Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments
South Korea’s economy is expected to lose steam slightly in 2019 from this year due to weakening exports and sluggish investment, coupled with the tepid domestic demand. South Korea’s GDP in 2019 is expected to grow 2.6% from an estimate of 2.7% for this year.
Key Economic Highlights for the 3rd quarter of 2018 (July – September, 2018) are as below:
- GDP expanded 0.6% from the 2nd quarter.
To meet the target growth of 2.7% for 2018, the 4th quarter GDP has to expand at least 0.84%.
- GDI climbed 0.7%, turning around from a 1% decline in the 2nd quarter.
- Exports rose 3.9% from the 2nd quarter, but imports inched down 0.7%.
- Private consumption edged up 0.5%, widening from a 0.3% rise in the 2nd quarter.
- Government spending advanced 1.5%.
- Construction investment tumbled 6.7%, the sharpest on-quarter drop since the 1st quarter of 1998, when it slid 9.7% in the midst of the Asian financial crisis.
The sharp contraction in the building sector came as the South Korean government has been pressing the real estate market to get high-flying housing prices under control.
- Corporate investment declined 4.4% following a 5.7% decrease in the 2nd quarter.
‘PRIMO VILLAGE’, Rental House Exclusively for U.S. Army Civilians
As the transfer of the U.S. military facilities in Yongsan, Seoul to Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do is picking up speed, the housing market for U.S. army civilians is heating up. In the market, the ‘PRIMO VILLAGE – Rental House Exclusively for U.S. Army Civilians’, a village with 45 housing units developed by Gahee Development in Eumbong-myeon, Asan-si, is drawing attention.
As for the advantage of PRIMO VILLAGE, In-cheol Jeong, the president of Gahee Development said, “These are rental houses for U.S. army civilians and designs specifically for American housing culture is most important. Read more
Wood Frame Lateral Force Resisting Systems Introduced for Korean Engineers, Architects and Builders
Canada Wood Korea organized an international workshop on “Wood Wall Bracing Design” for Korean engineers, architects and builders. The workshop was designed to introduce various lateral force resisting system options for wood frame structures including prescriptive wood frame braced wall provisions for small scale wood structures, engineered shear walls and high performance Midply shear wall systems. Read more
Tallest wood building construction proceeding smoothly
In 2016, National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS) announced to build the 5 storey wood building with CLT in 2018 which would be the tallest wood building in Korea. To enable it, NIFoS has conducted various research and test on structural performance, sound insulation and fire resistance of wood in order to meet requirements on the Korea Building Code.
NIFoS held an on-site briefing about this tall wood mass timber building. Mr. Lee, president of NIFoS said, “The smooth progress of the construction of the tallest wood building is the signal of a new leap in the era of high-rise wood building in Korea.” Read more