This Month’s Highlights
- Developing a Wood Culture Starts from an Early Age
- What is preventing Chinese lumber importers from buying more Canadian wood products? Minister Champagne finds out
- World’s Largest Construction Company Publicly Endorses Wood
- China Makes Historic Strategic Move
- Successful Fire Test for Service Equipment Openings
- Rakuwa Villa Opens
- Literature Renewal
- Japan Economy & Housing Starts
- Successful demonstration of 6 storey wood in-fill office building will boost new market opportunity
- Wood as Strong as Steel Brings New Trend: Wood High-Rises and Skyscrapers
- KFS Sets up Secretariat to Prepare for ‘WCTE 2018’
- KLIC Celebrates 50th Anniversary
- South Korean Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments
Developing a Wood Culture Starts from an Early Age
Wood construction remains a widely unknown building system to many in China. Over the years, Canada Wood has spent significant efforts to cultivate a wood culture in the country. While usually we talk to university students and professionals in the construction industry, this time it was a much younger group that learnt about wood.
Recently, Professor Yang HuiFeng from Nanjing Tech University was invited by the school of his 9-year-old son to share his work with the kids. Professor Yang gave a presentation named the “Miracle Wood”. His presentation covered: Read more
What is preventing Chinese lumber importers from buying more Canadian wood products? Minister Champagne finds out
On April 21st to April 26th, The Canadian Minister of International Trade hosted a 5-day Mission to China, during which the Minister aimed develop both a deeper understanding of the Chinese lumber trade while also advancing trade relations. Canada Wood China participated in part of the program. With the ongoing Softwood Lumber Dispute and increasing protectionist sentiments in the United States, alternative export markets are more important than ever.
The Minister’s first stop was Canada Wood China’s head office Dream Home Canada in Shanghai. After a brief welcome Canada Wood China Managing Director Eric Wong, the Minister hosted a roundtable with Chinese lumber importers. During the roundtable, the Minister was especially interested in understanding the barriers for Canadian lumber: what was preventing importers from purchasing higher volumes of Canadian wood products? The Chinese roundtable participants cited low-tariff substitutes, low supply and fixed dimensions of Canadian lumber, as well as the failure to adopt pro-wood policies on the local level as some challenges for Canadian wood. Read more
World’s Largest Construction Company Publicly Endorses Wood
The largest construction company in the world, The China Construction Group (CCG) has used light wood frame construction in the past. However, up until now, the mammoth corporation has remained relatively quiet about the new-in-China technology. However, on April 20, 2017 the silence was broken as CCG reached out to the China Civil Engineer Society (CCES) and organized a promotional event that saw three hundred and twenty professionals visit the Tianjin BSD-TEDA eco-city project, the highest profile wood-frame project in China.
Canada Wood China’s Steve Ross was on hand to introduce the wood-frame system with the aid of a number of construction mock-ups showcasing wall, floor and truss systems. The flavor of the day was cost effective, prefab-able, green technology! At the conclusion of the event, several construction professionals voiced their appreciation for the event as well as the desire to visit additional wood projects throughout China. Read more
China Makes Historic Strategic Move
Xi Jinping announces Xiongan New Area of Hebei Province as part of a measure to advance the development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
In April, China announced it will establish the Xiongan New Area in Hebei Province, as part of measures to advance the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
What is Xiongan New Area (XNA)?
On April 1st 2017, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CCCPC) and State Council announced to establish a new satellite metropolitan district in Xiong’an., the Xiongan new area is comparable to the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and the Shanghai Pudong New Area. According to the official circular, the new area will initially cover around 100 km2 and will be expanded to 200 km2 in the mid-term with plans for further expansion of 2,000 km2 in the long term.
Successful Fire Test for Service Equipment Openings
As part of ongoing work to advance fire resistive construction a 2-hour fire resistive test was conducted on May 25th for service equipment openings such as electric outlets. After COFI and the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association collaboratively obtained the 2-hour fire resistive approvals for wall and floor assemblies, government experts requested additional tests to verify the performance of those assemblies against the fire compartment penetrations. An outlet box manufacture proposed a proprietary designed product that should be protected from the 2-hour flame exposure. Those boxes were installed in the wall assemblies and burnt in a vertical furnace at one of the MLIT-designated performance evaluation bodies; the Japan Testing Centre for Construction Materials, located in Soka City, Saitama Prefecture. In order to confirm 2-hour fire resistive performance, the testing protocol requires 2-hour burning followed by the observation period 3 times the burning time; 6 hours. After removing the gypsum boards, we were pleased to know that the assembly passed the test. The specimen appeared to be very healthy; no charring on the wooden member surfaces, which is the pass/fail performance criteria. Read more
Rakuwa Villa Opens
An impressively designed and constructed wooden elderly care facility, Rakuwa Villa Nursing Home, in the heart of Tokyo began operating on April 1, 2017. It is the second large 2×4 built public funded nursing home of its kind to be constructed in this city and is located next door to Tokyo Dome, in Bunkyo Ward. It is a combination 128 room senior care complex which also includes a large open public space on the first floor of the building, which the local community can use to interact and for events. This building is quite unique, in that it is a hybrid platform frame structure that sits on a concrete podium having with a total floor area of 5,659 m². The basement and first floor of the building are built out of reinforced concrete and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th storeys being a fireproof 2×4 structure, consuming approximately 700 m³ of SPF dimension lumber in its construction. This facility is owned and managed by Rakuwakai Social Welfare Corporation and was designed by Medox. The general contractor for the project was Shiraishi Kensetsu and Yamamura. Read more
The COFI SPF Group has just completed a major update of our popular “Nikkei Elderly Care Facilities” literature. This piece was originally designed and printed in 2008 and was 12 pages at the time. Over the years, this particular piece has been revised and re-printed four times and is currently 48 pages. The literature is made up of just about all the Nikkei Healthcare feature articles that we have done with this publication over the last 10 years, which highlights interviews and testimonials of academics, facility designers, owners and operators in Japan on the advantages of building and operator 2×4 elderly car facilities and seniors’ homes. This latest revision includes 9 articles, 18 pages of content, which has appeared in this magazine from 2014, the last time it was updated. These articles and literature have proven to generate much interest among owners and operators of social welfare and medical care corporations in Japan to have these types of facilities built in wood.
Japan Economy & Housing Starts
Japan Q1 GDP grew at an annualized 1.2% rate. February industrial production posted a solid growth of 4.7%. February unemployment held at 2.8%, its lowest level since the early 1990s. The consumer price index edged up 0.2% in February. Japan posted a large current account surplus of US $187 billion in February. Japan’s GDP growth forecast for 2017 is at 1.2%.
Successful demonstration of 6 storey wood in-fill office building will boost new market opportunity
Canada Wood Korea demonstrated the merits of wood applications in mid-rise commercial buildings in Korea with a unique 6-storey commercial demonstration project designed by the wood champion Mr. H.W. Lee of Kwangjang Architects who has contributed greatly to expansion of Korea wood frame housing by creating “Peanut (duplex) House”.
The intricate design is only feasible because of the use of wood in-fill walls and wood roofs on each floor. Canada Wood Korea provided technical support to the demonstration project; developing the details for wood in-fill walls, connections and framing layout plans. Wood framing (exterior wood in-fill walls, interior frames and ceilings) is complete and uses Canadian SPF lumber and OSB. The project garnered media interest and it is anticipated that it will boost the acceptability of wood in-fill walls in both residential and commercial buildings. Read more
Wood as Strong as Steel Brings New Trend: Wood High-Rises and Skyscrapers
MBC, one of the three national TV networks in Korea, aired a news clip on wooden high rise buildings and skyscrapers during Newsdesk, the prime time evening news program, on January 25, 2017. The video clip can be viewed online from following link (use Internet Explorer for viewing). Running time: 1min 58 sec:
[Anchor] Wood buildings have broken the fixed ideas that buildings made of wood are vulnerable to fire and weak, and have gained much attention recently. They are fire-resistant and as strong as the ones made of stone or steel. And, in the UK, an 80-storey skyscraper wood building project is being proposed.
This report is by Yoo-Jin Jang.
[Reporter] (Showing “Treet” in Bergen, Norway) It’s a 14-storey apartment building made entirely of wood. It stands 51m high, the tallest existing wood building in the world.
KFS Sets up Secretariat to Prepare for ‘WCTE 2018’
The Korea Forest Service (KFS) and National Institute of Forest Science (NIFS) set up the secretariat of the ‘World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE)’ on March 27 and began to prepare for the conference in earnest.
The secretariat set up on the second floor of the Forest Engineering Research Building of NIFS will be operating to successfully hold the WCTE scheduled to be held in Seoul in August 2018 under the slogan, ‘Again, Golden Era of Timber.’
WCTE is a biannual conference with the world’s highest authority in the wood frame construction field, introducing the latest wood frame construction technologies, and over 1,000 wood frame construction experts, architects, and timber industry officials from over 40 countries participating in the conference. Read more
KLIC Celebrates 50th Anniversary
The Korea Lumber Industry Cooperative (KLIC) celebrated the 50th anniversary of its foundation. On February 14, KLIC held the 50th regular general meeting and a commemorative event for the 50th anniversary of their foundation at the Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business (KFSMB) in Yeouido, Seoul.
KLIC has operated the cooperative with the goal of promoting wholesome growth of the domestic lumber industry and welfare among its members. In particular, KLIC has made efforts to establish order in circulating lumber products, took initiatives to promote demand for lumber products through various meetings and seminars, and made great efforts to supply lumber products primarily to public projects driven by the government through the designation of competitive products between small and medium enterprisers. Read more
South Korean Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments
Owing to increased construction investment and exports, South Korea’s economy grew at a fast pace in the first quarter of 2017 showing a 0.9% GDP increase from the previous quarter. Both construction and facility investments grew 5.3% and 4.3% respectively in the first quarter from the previous quarter.Gross domestic income rose 2.3% in the first quarter of 2017 from the previous quarter, compared with a 0.8% expansion three months earlier.
On a steady recovery in exports, South Korea posted a trade surplus for 63 straight months in April since February 2012 showing a surplus of US$13 billion with 24.1% on-year increase in exports to US$51 billion and 17.3% on-year increase in imports to US$38 billion.South Korea’s consumer prices increase 1.9% in April, slowing down from the previous month’s 2.2% rise amid high-flying oil prices. Unemployment rate hit a 17-year high at 4.2% in April, up 0.3 percentage point from the same month last year. Read more