This Month’s Highlights
- Canada Wood China inks MOU with China Railway Real Estate Group
- Timber structure design competition seeks entries
- Revised code to take effect in August
- Highest Shear Wall Multiplier Approved for P&B Midply
- Mitsui Home Hokkaido’s New Sapporo Office Building – Update
- Quality Certification for Wood Housing
- Certification of Super-E® House of the First CLT House in Korea – Celebrated by Plaque Unveiling Ceremony
- Jeff Culp’s Visit to Korea Builds Momentum and Enhances Partnership for the Korea Super-E® Program
- Maple Tree Planting Ceremony strengthened friendship between Canada and Korea
- Hot Summer, Academic Fever
Canada Wood China inks MOU with China Railway Real Estate Group
Canada Wood China (CW China) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Railway Real Estate Group on June 20 in Beijing.
The two sides agreed to develop a long term strategic partnership, which will focus on development of wood construction in Xiong’an, a new economic zone founded in April 2017. China wants Xiong’an to be a low-carbon, smart, livable and globally influential city.
The MOU sets the goal and principle for the cooperation between the two parties and allows CW China to introduce wood construction into the development of Xiong’an through an extensive range of activities including researches, technical transfer and promotion programs, etc. Read more
Timber structure design competition seeks entries
Canada Wood China has again teamed up with university partners to hold a timber structure design competition this June as a part of continuous efforts to inspire interest in wood frame construction among future professionals.
The 3rd Chinese University Timber Structure Design Competition is being organized by the national advisory committee of civil engineering, along with support from CW China, Harbin Institute of Technology and Northeast Forestry University.
This year’s task is to design a wooden frame gate entrance to a scenic site in order to highlight the green building concept. Read more
Revised code to take effect in August
A revised national standard for wood frame constructions will take effect starting August 1.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has approved the revised code. It includes modifications to lumber grading and strength classifications.
Canada Wood China has contributed to developing and proofreading the technical content of “10 fire safety design” and “appendix R combustibility and fire resistance rating of timber components” in the revised version. Read more
Highest Shear Wall Multiplier Approved for P&B Midply
The “Shear Wall Multiplier” is the seismic resistance indicator specified in the Japanese building code (Building Standard Law: BSL). This allows architects to simplify the structural confirmation of shear walls against lateral force when they design small-size buildings such as 2-storey houses. In addition to those specified in the BSL, shear wall multipliers can be given by MLIT* when their performance can be demonstrated by testing.
The Midply Wall System (MPW) was originally developed for PFC buildings. However, industry has shown interest in adapting MPW as an effective as shear-resistive infill element for post and beam housing to drive further market penetration in this segment. Read more
Mitsui Home Hokkaido’s New Sapporo Office Building – Update
On a recent trip Hokkaido last month, Shawn Lawlor and myself were able to visit Mitsui Home Hokkaido’s new office building in Sapporo, so I thought it would be wise to send in an update on the project. The last time I visited earlier this year, there was still a blanket of snow on the ground and the project was still under construction. The wooden structure for the building had been completed, however behind all that scaffolding and protective netting, workers were labouring at feverish pace installing gypsum board and finish carpenters were working on completing the interior of the building. For those of you who did read my previous blog article on February 2018, it is a 3-storey 2×4 structure that also utilized floor and roof trusses (9m span) to design and construct the building with a total floor area of 1,373m². Read more
Quality Certification for Wood Housing
The 5-star quality certification program is the first voluntary wood construction quality assurance program jointly developed by CWK and KWCA (the Korea Wood Construction Association) with support of NIFoS (the National Institute of Forest Science) in 2009. The program is designed to minimize risks and avoid loss/damage resulting from construction flaws while ensuring that high quality wood construction buildings are supplied in the Korean housing market.
For this voluntary quality assurance program, CWK and KWCA made an MOU on May 15, 2009 to introduce progressive inspection system practiced in North America and developed the 5-star quality certification manual based on both North American building codes for light-weight wood construction and Chapter 8. Wood Structure of Korea Building Code to improve their responsiveness in Korea. Read more
Certification of Super-E® House of the First CLT House in Korea – Celebrated by Plaque Unveiling Ceremony
Another Super-E® Certification plaque unveiling ceremony was held for the CLT House located at Suji-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, on May 24, 2018, in conjunction with the Jeff Culp’s visit to Korea. Mr. Culp is the General Manager of the Super-E® Office and the Executive Director of the Energy Efficient Exporters Association (EEEA) who are overseeing Super-E® Program overseas.
The owner of the house, emeritus professor of the Seoul National University, Jun Jae Lee, has dedicated over 30 years in teaching wood engineering at the university and has been actively promoting the use of wood and wood culture serving in many organizations such as the chairman of the Wood Culture Forum and the Korea Society of Wood Science and Technology to name a few.
The CLT House, completed in and certified in 2015 by Stuga Wood Construction, is the second Super-E® certified house in Korea and has played a crucial role in rejuvenating the Super-E® Program in Korea and establishing the Korea Wood Construction Association as the service provider of the Korea Super-E® Program. Read more
Jeff Culp’s Visit to Korea Builds Momentum and Enhances Partnership for the Korea Super-E® Program
Jeff Culp, representing the Energy Efficient Exporters Association (EEEA) and the Super-E® Office, has visited Korea from May 23 to May 29, 2018. During the visit, he conducted a series of meetings and site visits and attended ceremonies to celebrate the completed Super-E® projects and to promote the Super-E® Program in Korea and partnership with Korean stakeholders such as the Korea Wood Construction Association.
The very first meeting was held with the Super-E® Task Force of KWCA, including the Chairman and key members of the association, to discuss several important topics, such as the revision the Korea Super-E® Standard, implementation of the Korea Super-E® Operation Manual and readiness of the KWCA as the service provider, were discussed and reviewed and to enhance partnership among KWCA, Super-E® Office and CWK. Read more
Maple Tree Planting Ceremony strengthened friendship between Canada and Korea
On May 28th, 2018, the Maple Tree Planting and Stone Monument Unveiling ceremony took place at the Gapyeong Canada village, ‘Dong Yeon Jae.’ The ceremony was attended by the Canadian Ambassador, Eric Walsh, the director of the EEEA, Jeff Culp, CEO of the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation (GICO), Kim Yong Hak, CEO of the Korea Wood Construction Association (KWCA), Kim Gyeong Hwan, and the Country Director of the Canada Wood Korea.
Dong Yeon Jae, which is the Gapyeong Canada Village currently being developed near the Bukhan River, is the first large-scale suburban wood housing project in Korea pushed forward by a public enterprise, namely, GICO. Since the project’s initial launch, all efforts have been put into achieving its goal of an energy-efficient and eco-friendly wood housing complex. Read more
Hot Summer, Academic Fever
The heatwave of the summer started early this year. I along with Tai Jeong, Country Director of Canada Wood Korea, visited Hanyang University on June 15 to give a special lecture as requested by senior students before the end of the semester.
Professor Dong-Soo Han of the Department of Construction Engineering at Hanyang University became acquainted with Canada Wood while participating in the Korea Wood Design Awards, which has been sponsoring by CWK since 2006, as a member of the jury for years. He persistently asked Tai Jeong to introduce wood frame construction technology and wood structural members for his students majoring Construction Engineering who barely have the chance to learn about wood as building material and wood frame construction. Read more