This Month’s Highlights
- CW China and leading precast concrete company cooperate on research of wood infill walls
- Media Splash on Minister Carr’s Mission to China
- Hotel project symbolizes the growing recognition for wood construction
- Minister Carr promotes Canadian Wood Products and Clean Technologies in China
- Korean Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency’s Visit to Canada Bring Deeper Understanding of HT Program and its Traceability
- Glory Days of Industrialized Wood Frame Construction with Guaranteed Consistent Quality
- The 14th Architect-Inspector Training Begins
- Minister Champagne hosts productive meeting on Canadian lumber products with business leaders in South Korea’s forestry sector
CW China and leading precast concrete company cooperate on research of wood infill walls
On May 26th 2017, Canada Wood China’s efforts to promote wood for prefabrication took yet another step forward ——— CW China signed an MOU with Truslink on the “research, development, promotion, application and cooperation on prefabricated non-load bearing energy-efficient wood wall (short as “PEEWW”) technology in Wujin Green Construction Industry Demonstration District, Changzhou Jiangsu Province. It marks that CW China and Truslink will launch deep cooperation comprehensively on PEEWW system’s research, development and promotion. Read more
Media Splash on Minister Carr’s Mission to China
During June 5 and June 9th, the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr led a mission to Beijing and Tianjin, in order to build on the strong existing bilateral trade relationship and to promote Canada’s products and expertise in the areas of forestry, energy and clean technologies. On June 9th at Eco-city site, a media session was arranged to invite 34 journalists from both trade and general publications and a group interview was conducted with Minister Carr and Ambassador John McCallum touching on topics of bilateral cooperation, project future planning and Super E technology. We have monitored 45 coverages published by mainstream medias, including online media, print media and television channel that reported on Minister’s Carr’s visit to Eco-district in China, and hundreds of pick-up stories were generated. Read more
Hotel project symbolizes the growing recognition for wood construction
This project is a log-home style five-star hotel in the popular Changbai mountain resort in the Northeastern province of Jilin. The developer makes use of the scenery and mountainous location and make the hotel blend in the natural environment. The mountain is covered with flourishing and various plants and trees. The temperature can get as cold as minus 44 ℃ in the winter!
So, what building materials can meet requirements: suffering from such cold weather and avoiding destroying the local nature environment? Only wood! Read more
Minister Carr promotes Canadian Wood Products and Clean Technologies in China
According to the Minister, no market is bigger, or holds more potential for natural resources, than China. One of the pillars of NRCan’s work in China, is the development of eco-cities which can showcase Canadian wood products as well as clean technologies.
While Canada has been committed to the China market for more than the decade, the ongoing softwood lumber dispute with the United States makes the Chinese market more important than ever. Therefore, during June 5 and June 9th, the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr led a mission to Beijing and Tianjin, in order to build on the strong existing bilateral trade relationship and to promote Canada’s products and expertise in the areas of forestry, energy and clean technologies. The delegation accompanying the Minister consisted of senior industry representatives from the aforementioned sectors, as well as provincial representatives and Indigenous leaders. Read more
Nursing Home Glanza
A newly completed elderly care facility featuring the most recent improvements in 2×4 fireproof building technologies in Japan, will open its doors on July 1st, 2017. To commemorate the occasion, an opening ceremony was held on June 13th, with sixty-four individuals on hand; politicians of local and prefectural governments, other owners of other social welfare organizations and agencies, along with staff of Canada Wood Japan and Consulate of Canada in Nagoya to congratulate the owner, architect office and construction company on their achievement. This nursing home was built in Nabari City, Mie Prefecture and is a 3-storey building having a total floor area of 2,597 m², consuming approximately 495 m³ of SPF dimension lumber in its construction. Read more
Canadian Wood Design Lecture Held for Japanese Architectural Students
On June 1st I was asked to deliver a presentation on wood design to the Showa Women’s University Faculty of Architecture. A total of 83 second year architecture students attended the lecture delivered, by request of the University, primarily in English. The lecture covered the properties and characteristics of Canadian species and forest products including SPF, OSB, Hem-Fir (N), Douglas Fir, Yellow and Western Red Cedar. Suitable end use applications in both residential and non residential construction were presented for the respective species. Read more
Korean Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency’s Visit to Canada Bring Deeper Understanding of HT Program and its Traceability
Korea bans importation of Canadian lumber products of Pinus spp. and Larix spp., unless they are heat treated (HT) or kiln-dried and heat treated (KD-HT). But Korea is one of the countries that accept industry issued HT Certificates in lieu of Phytosanitary Certificates. Recently there have been a few occasions that KD-HT lumber exported to Korea were detained or returned for not complying to the bilateral agreement made in 2012 which stipulates the import requirements.
In order to resolve the issues and to understand and verify HT Program including traceability, 3 officials with the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA or QIA) visited Canada from May 7 to May 11 for 3 days of bilateral meetings with their counterparts with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and managers with Interfor Sales and Marketing Ltd., and visit to Interfor’s Castlegar Division. Another agenda was the revision of the requirements for orchards in Korea that are eligible to export pears to Canada was on the agenda. Read more
Glory Days of Industrialized Wood Frame Construction with Guaranteed Consistent Quality
Refresh House, a company specializing in prefabricated wood frame construction, is carrying out a WFC community development project to construct a total of 21 homes in Yangpyeong. This community is drawing attention as it is an industrialized wood frame construction that applies prefab methods, which is not common in Korea yet. For this industrialized wood frame construction, building materials are precisely prefabricated at the Refresh House factory and assembled on site. It sets the first case of developing a community of industrialized wood frame construction in Korea.
All wall panels and floor trusses were assembled locally in Korea with No. 1 grade of S-P-F lumber from Canada to enhance the durability of the wood frame and maintain consistent quality.
While the quality of light frame wood structure depends on the materials used and the capability of the constructor, the industrialized wood frame construction can maintain consistent quality regardless of the skills of the carpenter while also reducing construction period, making it perfect for community development. Read more
The 14th Architect-Inspector Training Begins
The 14th KWCA-WUC Architect-Inspector Training sponsored by Canada Wood Korea began on April 1. This training is given each year to professionals including builders, architects and construction company workers to foster knowledgeable wood frame construction inspectors. This year’s training is scheduled from April 1 to August 19.
While most participants in the past were builders, architects gained interest in this over the past few years. This year is the 14th session and 15 of 30 participants are either the CEOs or architects of architectural engineering firms. Since inspection is a field for architects, the gradual increase of architects in the training is a positive change.
The 15 architects participating in this training program are comprised of nine CEO architects of architectural engineering firms mainly engaged in designing WFC and six architects who designed WFC only once or have just begun WFC design. They decided to participate in the training after they felt the need for more systematic and professional training as the demand for WFC has increased. Read more
Minister Champagne hosts productive meeting on Canadian lumber products with business leaders in South Korea’s forestry sector
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, concluded a week-long trip to East and Southeast Asia to boost trade and investment relationships, make the case for Canada’s progressive trade agenda, and identify more opportunities and export markets for Canada’s world-class forest products. He travelled to Hanoi, Vietnam; Singapore; Seoul, South Korea; and Tokyo, Japan, where he engaged with senior government officials, his international counterparts, media, and local entrepreneurs—notably key wood and wood-product importers and architects, woman entrepreneurs, youth, and innovation and innovative companies.
On May 24 at the Embassy of Canada in Seoul, Minister Champagne held a Forestry Business Leaders’ Roundtable to meet with key Korean forestry product importers and architects and promote Canadian wood in the Korean market. Read more