This Month’s Highlights
- China Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments
- Changing competitive landscape of China’s wood market
- Waving the 2×4 Flag
- Midply-Infill P&B Shear Wall Test Successful
- Japanese 2×4 Building Code to Specify High Performance Shear Walls
- Japan’s Growing Interest in 2×4 Midrise Construction
- Re-signage ceremony of Alberta Pavilion in Pyeongchang
- Outstanding Result, Canada Wood University-based Training
- Seminar for Wood Multi-Storey and Multi-Family Building Market Development Draws Large Number of New Architects and Engineers
- Safe against Fire, ‘Age of Tall Wood Mass Timber’ Begins
- Korean Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments
China Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments
GDP growth in Q3 is 6.8% (YOY), maintaining strong growth between 6.7% to 6.9% consecutively for 9 months.
Consumption is 64.5% of GDP, increased by 2.8% compared to 2016.
Fixed-asset investment in Q1-3 is 45,847.8 billion RMB, grew 7.5% (YOY).
Investment in real estate development in Q1-3 is 8,064.4 billion RMB, grew 8.1%. New construction started over Q1-3 is 1,310 million m2 (floor space), grew 6.8%.
PMI (Caixin) indexes dropped to 51.0 in September 2017 from 51.6 (August) which was the weakest expansion since this June due to the slow growth of output, new orders and export sales in the past three months[ii]. Read more
Changing competitive landscape of China’s wood market
In 2016, China’s commercial timber trade volume (including logs and sawn lumber) is about 160 million m3, of which 93 million m3 or 58% is imported representing an increase of 13.5% year-on-year (YOY).
The volume of China sawn lumber import continues to grow and reached 32 million m3 in 2016, increased by 18.57% YOY. Canada maintains its position of the second largest suppler to China although with a decrease of 6.28%, while Russia ran further apart as the largest suppler with an increase of 35.53%. Read more
Waving the 2×4 Flag
We now have a new “2×4 Promotional Banner” thanks to a forward-thinking company named Panel House, located in Koichi City, Shikoku Japan. COFI Tokyo staff was contacted by the company two months ago, wanting to add an advertisement banner link to their company’s website and receive a DVD copy of our Three Little Pigs 2×4 aminations episodes, to promote the benefits of building and living in a 2×4 house to their customers. Then a couple days later, they had another request for us to supply them with our end user promotional pamphlet based on the Three Little Pigs 2×4 amination series for an upcoming local housing fair in Kochi the last week in October, but their request did not stop there. In Japan, it is very popular to have banners called “Nobori”. They are long, narrow flags, attached to a pole with a cross-rod to hold the fabric straight out and are a common sight outside businesses, restaurants, and retail stores where they advertise a sale, a new product, and simply the name of the business. For Japanese housing companies, these nobori are very popular item, used to promote company’s brands and products at job sites, show homes and housing fairs. Read more
Midply-Infill P&B Shear Wall Test Successful
In addition to Midply-related technical projects undertaken for PFC applications, Canada Wood Japan is conducting shear wall tests for Midply infill wall systems for post and beam applications. This is the part of a joint COFI-APA-CFPA 2-year joint market access project. After the pretests in September 2017, we finalized the test wall specifications and conducted the tests on 3 specimens at the Centre for Better Living (CBL) laboratory in Tsukuba City on 28th and 30th of October, 2017. The Midply infill specifications include SPF 2×4 dimension lumber, 9mm-thick Canadian OSB and CN75 nails. The infills are fastened to the P&B framing with 150mm-long wood screws called HQR. Our target for this fiscal is to collect data necessary for seeking the shear wall multiplier 5.0: the highest value achievable under the MLIT* ministerial approval system. Read more
Japanese 2×4 Building Code to Specify High Performance Shear Walls
When designers take the prescriptive design approach for wooden buildings, shear wall multipliers are the indicator that are popularly used to determine the seismic load resistance. In the PFC building code, a shear wall multiplier 3.5 has been the highest value given to a shear wall with 9-mm thick Class 1 JAS plywood sheathing fastened with the CN50 nails at 100 mm spacing. In the past 3 years, MLIT has been reviewing the shear wall ministerial approvals with the multiplier higher than 3.5 and has been seeking the possibility to include those specifications in the code. The reviewed approvals include those obtained by the APA the Engineered Wood Association. As a result, it has been decided to specify in the PFC code the shear walls with the multiplier as high as 4.8. The code revision draft defines 4.8 for the walls with 12mm-thick Class 3 OSB and Class 1/Class 2 plywood sheathing fastened with CN65 nails at 50mm spacing. Read more
Japan’s Growing Interest in 2×4 Midrise Construction
On October 12th the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association held a major symposium on “The results of technical test program work on the 6 storey 2×4 demonstration project in Tsukuba”. The symposium venue was filled to capacity with 200 structural engineers, builders, architects and academics attended the symposium which covered various technical test work that is being conducted on the Tsukuba 6 storey test project to confirm performance of midrise construction in Japan. Read more
Re-signage ceremony of Alberta Pavilion in Pyeongchang
The Alberta Pavilion was constructed in 2015 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gangwon-Alberta sister province relationship, and to serve as a landmark for upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province.
On September 12th in 2017, the Re-signage ceremony of Alberta Pavilion was held to commemorate the hard work of Canada Wood Korea, Soltos Architects and Supia Construction. Read more
Outstanding Result, Canada Wood University-based Training
Two timber structures in Dankook University are capturing everyone’s attention. One of them is a light-weight wood frame construction and the other, a heavy timber construction.
The Department of Architectural Studies at Dankook University held a session on ‘heavy timber construction & light-weight wood frame construction’ at the College of Engineering Building 1 inside the Jukjeon Campus of Dankook University located in Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do in August. The session gave students of the Department of Architectural Studies a chance to construct a timber house in 3~5 days, which was joined by over 40 students. Read more
Seminar for Wood Multi-Storey and Multi-Family Building Market Development Draws Large Number of New Architects and Engineers
The Korea Wood Construction Association (KWCA) and Canada Wood Korea (CWK) have successfully conducted a joint seminar, which was attended by more than 110 professionals including architects, designers, engineers and builders on August 25, 2017 to promote the development of wood multi-storey and multi-family (MS-MF) building market in Korea. Many of the architects and engineers have attended wood related seminar for the first time showing growing interests in wood and wood buildings in Korea. Read more
Safe against Fire, ‘Age of Tall Wood Mass Timber’ Begins
The two-hour fire resistive performance of a wood frame construction (WFC) was proven for the first time in South Korea. The National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS), formerly known as KFRI, tested five different main structural members of tall wood mass timber such as glued laminated timber columns and beams and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) floor and wall materials in the fire certificate testing performed at the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT). The test materials satisfied the two-hour fire resistive performance. Read more
Korean Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments
South Korea’s economic growth hit a seven-year record high in the third quarter of 2017 mainly due to increased construction investment and exports.
South Korea’s gross domestic product in the third quarter increased 1.4% from the previous quarter, faster than the previous quarter’s 0.6% on-quarter gain and improved 3.6% from a year earlier.
Government spending increased by 2.3% in the third quarter, the highest since the first quarter of 2012, when it came to 2.8% and construction investment grew 1.5%, faster than the previous quarter’s 0.3% on-quarter gain.
On the back of rising global demand, exports, South Korea’s key economic driver, grew a solid 6.1%, the highest since the first quarter of 2011. Read more