This Month’s Highlights
- Shandong to build tallest wood structure in China
- Canada Wood China signs MOU with Ningbo Forest Travel Development
- Japan Housing Starts 2017 Year End Review
- Popular Media Promotes COFI’s Horizontal Diaphragm Design Manual for Dimension Lumber in Post & Beam Housing
- Tokachi 2×4 Association 40th Anniversary Tour Mission
- Mitsui Home Hokkaido’s New Sapporo Office Building
Shandong to build tallest wood structure in China
Dingchi Wood Co of Shandong Province will build a six-story wood building, which will be the tallest wood structure in China.
The 23.55-meter tall building will be built in an industrial park in Penglai City with a total construction area of over 4,800 square meters. Nanjing Tech University will be the designer of the project.
“We believe wood construction has a promising future in China as society becomes increasingly aware of environmental issues,” said Xu Wenhao, president of Dingchi Wood. Read more
Canada Wood China signs MOU with Ningbo Forest Travel Development
Canada Wood China has signed an MOU with Ningbo Forest Travel Development Co. to build a strategic partnership in promoting energy efficient wood buildings.
Both parties signed the MOU at Canada Wood’s Shanghai office on February 9, 2018 which includes several activities that both sides will partner in, namely tradeshows, industry seminars, field visits and media activities. Read more
Japan Housing Starts 2017 Year End Review
Considering that only a few years ago Japanese economists had previously expected housing starts to fall to the 800,000 mark by 2017, last year’s results of 964,041 units were indicative of continued building sector strength. The 2017 results showed a modest 0.4% year over year decline, mainly attributable to slowing activity in the second half of the year. Behind these numbers, certain trends are evident.
Regional disparities: Regional growth disparities are also becoming a more pronounced theme in Japan’s housing market. While Japan is currently posting its longest record of uninterrupted growth since the 1980s “Bubble Era”, population and economic decline is accelerating in many rural prefectures. Read more
Popular Media Promotes COFI’s Horizontal Diaphragm Design Manual for Dimension Lumber in Post & Beam Housing
With 45,000 copies distributed to retail book stores nationwide, “Kenchiku Chishiki” is the most popular architectural magazine in Japan. The magazine’s special feature in the March 2018 issue is wooden roof structures for post & beam houses. In the context of roof structural design method, it reports that COFI’s structural design manual is the answer to the challenges that many structural designers are facing – to use dimension lumber as roof rafters in post & beam houses. The article addresses the technical hurdles for dimension lumber use in “Greybook”, known as the most important design guide for wooden structural calculations in post and beam, which fails to specify dimension lumber sizes in the chapters dealing with roof and floor diaphragms. Read more
Tokachi 2×4 Association 40th Anniversary Tour Mission
To commemorate its 40th anniversary and further strengthen our ties with the Tokachi 2×4 Home Builders Association (twenty-three-member companies) COFI and the Alberta Government cohosted a tour mission with eleven delegates from this association to Canada from February 12th to 18th. Members on the mission included Mr. Akasaka, chairman and Mr. Nakata, secretariat of the association. While in Canada, the delegation inspected a SPF lumber mill and OSB plant in High Level, Alberta and learned how these and other wood products are used to constructing Net-Zero Energy and Passive Homes and Buildings in Canada. Read more
Mitsui Home Hokkaido’s New Sapporo Office Building
A positive trend for wood construction in Japan being more and more companies are expanding their business models beyond designing and building residential homes. “We Love 2×4” has been a long-time moto for years for Mitsui Home we can clearly see the forward thinking and leadership the company is showing putting these words to action. A wonderful example being Mitsui Home Hokkaido’s new Sapporo office building that is currently under constructing and entirely being built out of wood near Sapporo station, where you don’t traditionally see these types of buildings going up. Read more
Kwangjang Architects* Leading the Application of Wood Framed Infill Walls in Midrise Buildings
In 2017 Kwangjang Architects has successfully completed the first mid-rise commercial building incorporating wood framed infill wall, partitions and roofs project in Korea. They have first applied wood infill walls and partitions for non-residential building project in 2013 for 7 storey project to house kindergarten and nunnery in Seoul.
The main reason for designing the commercial building with wood walls and roofs in reinforced concrete structure was the unique design it allowed in order to distinguish itself from other boxlike buildings in the very competitive leasing market. Read more
Careful Planning of the Architect Paying Attention to the Value of Forests
The Healing Forest Experience Center in Mt. Ujangsan Park is a public facility that blends in with the forest. The design that leaves the trees and slopes untouched is the acknowledgement that the forest is the master of the park. It is not easy to divide a building and apply functions according to the position of the existing trees. The wood frame construction for public use reflecting the careful considerations of the architect will help everyone easily understand and use wood frame construction and eventually recognize that wood frame construction is healthy. Read more
Congratulatory Remarks by Yong-Hak Kim, CEO of GICO on the Completion of Super-E® Houses at Gapyeong Canada Village
Written by Mr. Yong Hak Kim, CEO of Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation
Good day, I am Yong Hak Kim, the CEO of Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation (GICO).First of all, I would like to thank to H.E. Eric Walsh, Canadian Ambassador to Korea, Mr. Kenneth Klassen, the senior consultant of the EEEA, Mr. Tai Jeong, Country Director for the Canada Wood Group Korea, Mr. Kwang Hoon Lee, CEO of Dreamsite Korea and its staff and crew and Mr. In Tack Kim, Director of Korea Energy Agency.
Bukhangang Dongyeonjae complex (Canada Village) is a pilot project for GICO, who has only supplied high-rise apartment housing until now, to demonstrate alternative housing culture. Read more