This Month’s Highlights
- CW China signs MOU with Qingdao Commodity Exchange Center
- Fire safety symposiums held in Shanghai and Beijing
- Canadian Midply Shear Walls Launched in Japanese Residential Housing
- Japan Housing Starts Summary for February & March 2018
- Japan Economic Update
- Elderly Facility Suzuran
CW China signs MOU with Qingdao Commodity Exchange Center
Canada Wood China has inked a MOU with Qingdao Commodity Exchange Center to jointly promote the use of Canadian wood in China.
Representatives from the two sides signed the MOU at a ceremony in Qingdao on May 22, 2018.
As a listed firm, Qingdao Commodity Exchange Center aims at expanding its trading platform to cover Canadian lumber and wood products. The center pledged to use its market influence to highlight the benefits of furniture made of wood from Canada, especially to manufacturers of high-end furniture. Read more
Fire safety symposiums held in Shanghai and Beijing
Canada Wood China joined European Wood to hold symposiums on fire safety in timber structures. The first was in Shanghai on April 27th while the second was in Beijing on April 28th.
The seminars attracted more than 400 industry professionals including researchers, designers and developers. Five guest speakers from Canada, Europe and China gave presentations on fire safety attributes in modern timber structures. They also shared insight into the history and evolution of fire safety code requirements for timber structures in Canada and Europe. Read more
Canadian Midply Shear Walls Launched in Japanese Residential Housing
On May 17th the Canada Wood Japan team visited with major Japanese home builder Ichijo Komuten at a construction site to witness the first use of the Midply shear wall in a residential application in greater Tokyo area. The Canada Wood technical team has been in discussion with Ichijo Komuten for approximately 3 years to assist in the technical development and broader market adoption of Midply in Japan. The first residential use of Midply is in a 115m2 two storey 2×4 home in Koshigaya Laketown in Saitama Prefecture. The builder adopted the use of Midply in a new line of high performance homes to deliver the next generation of seismic performance in 2×4 construction. Read more
Japan Housing Starts Summary for February & March 2018
Total February housing starts edged down 2.6% to 69,071 units. Wooden starts fell 3.2% to 38,340 units. Pre-fab housing fell 8% to 10,063 units. Post and beam housing declined 3.2% to 29,070. Platform frame starts fell 3.0% to 8,255 units. The decline in 2×4 starts was primarily attributable to a 5.9% decrease in multi-family rentals. Platform frame custom ordered and built for sale spec housing gained 0.8% and 4.4% respectively. Read more
Japan Economic Update
According to Cabinet Office date, Japan’s first quarter GDP slipped by 0.2%, thereby ending two consecutive years of continuous growth. The decline was attributable to flat consumer spending and a slight decrease in capital investment. The majority of analysts contend that this decline is a temporary blip and that economic fundamentals remain strong. A tightening labour market resulted in a 1.3% year increase in average wages and inflationary pressures are picking up. Improved capital spending and exports are expected to Japan’s GDP is expected to return into positive territory for the balance of the year. Read more
Elderly Facility Suzuran
Yoshitaka Architects Engineers & Consultants has just finished another spectacularly designed and constructed 2×4 fireproof building in southern Japan. The architect firms latest work, is a long-term care geriatric health facility built beside the Ken Ai Hospital located in Onga District, Fukuoka Prefecture, which the same medical corporation owns and manages. This facility is made up of two platform frame construction (PFC) structures, with a combined floor area of 3,830m², consuming approximately 730m³ of SPF dimension lumber. Read more
Wood Wall Bracing Workshop Attracts Overwhelming Interest
The Wood Wall Bracing Workshop, hosted by Canada Wood Korea and held at A.T. Center on May 10th, ended in great success. While Korea is no longer safe from earthquake and has intensified the building code recently, increasing number of architects, architectural structure engineers, and constructors has shown interest in the seismic design of wood frame construction. In response to the growing interest, Canada Wood Korea held the Wood Wall Bracing Workshop with the support of APA and Chungnam National University.
The Wood Wall Bracing Workshop was filled up with all 140 applicants just in a half day after the e-mail announcement was made and many people who were late and could not apply requested for another Wood Wall Bracing Workshop. Read more
Talk Concert Wishing for Successful 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering
The D-100 Talk Concert wishing for successful 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering was held in COEX, Seoul on May 9th.
The talk concert was a preparation for the successful hosting of the World Conference on Timber Engineering which marks its 30th anniversary this year, and the participants listened to the opinions from various circles and discussed the development plan, reported on current progress, and also held a press conference with the journalists invited.
“The conference will be a great opportunity to raise the level of timber engineering in Korea and connect academic values to the living and the industry,” said Chang-jae Lee, President of National Institute of Forest Science, “This year’s conference introduces a program designed to encourage and support the future generation by giving the ‘Young Scientist Award’ to promising young scientists, and the most expected part of the conference is the keynote speeches of the world’s topnotch wood frame construction experts of Japan, England, Canada, New Zealand, and Korea.” Read more
Leading Architectural Firm and Prefabricator in Korea Join Forces for the Creation of Industrialized Wood Frame House
Gansam Architects & Partners, one of the top 10 architectural firms in Korea and Refresh House, the leading prefabricator-builder-developer of energy efficient wood frame houses, have joined their efforts together for the creation of small ready-to-order wood frame structure called “Off-site Domicile Module” or ODM. The ODM, with slogan of “Small but Enough,” has footprint of 7.25 meter x 3 meter rectangular shape with 20 m2 of floor area.
Several types of the module designed by Gansam will be built completely and entirely under the roof of Refresh House’s factory and can be transported to sites. The Nest, pictures shown in this article, is designed as small home consists of sleeping and living area, kitchen and bathroom. Read more
The wooden ‘footbridge’ in Panmunjom
A bridge is a structure that connects the lands separated by a geographical obstacle such as a stream, canyon, etc. Bridges often signify connection, exchange, reunion, and mediation. The blue footbridge in Panmunjom, which was one of the meeting locations during the latest Korean summit talk, generated significant media attention as a dramatic symbol representing the historic political event.
Last April, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, well-known to the world for his enthusiasm for developing nuclear warheads and missiles, crossed the military demarcation line to visit the South Korean president Moon Jae-in for the summit talk. And in the middle of all these, there was ‘the footbridge.’ The two leaders walked along the footbridge unaccompanied to further discuss the future of the Korean peninsula. Read more