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Sino-Canada meeting leads to consensus on promoting green wood buildings

Yike Qin

By Yike Qin

Senior Manager, Government Relations, FII China

April 15, 2019

An annual Sino-Canada meeting on modern wood construction was held in Beijing on March 5, 2019, summarizing the development of wood frame construction (WFC) in China to better promote the practices of green building.

The meeting, attended by representatives from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-rural Development (MOHURD), the Embassy of Canada to China and Canada Wood Group, resulted in an agreement to strengthen work on green modern wood construction under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was renewed in December 2015.

The three parties – Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Canada Wood Group and MOHURD – decided to prioritize the training program detailed in the MOU. This will entail extending training to both central and provincial levels of MOHURD.

They are also considering changing the expert panel under the MOU by bringing in more valuable industry professionals, according to the meeting.

Drawing on government support and market forces, the joint working committee will co-develop WFC in line with China’s conditions.

The committee is a bi-lateral mechanism that oversees MOU cooperation efforts and addresses the technical barriers to WFC. The JWC holds annual meetings to review progress of the previous year and agrees on a work plan for the coming 12 months.