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Wood Terrace in Heart of Tokyo

The next time you, or someone you know is in Tokyo, head for “The Farm Tokyo” to relax and unwind in a unique natural outdoor space in the heart of this big metropolis. This newly constructed open-air terrace cleverly uses Canadian… more

Full Scale 3-Storey Wooden School Building Fire Test on February 22, 2012 in Tsukuba

MLIT Streamlining Fire Regulations for Wooden Buildings

As reported in this blog in August 2018, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) amended the Building Standard Law to streamline fire-related regulations for wooden buildings. One of the streamlined requirements… more

Summary of Korean Housing Start

Due to declining construction investment amid the ongoing government intervention to curb rising house prices and cool down the overheated housing market, South Korea’s housing starts for 2018 decreased 16% to 81,300 buildings and… more

Summary of Korean Lumber Shipments

BC softwood lumber export volume to South Korea in 2018 decreased by 18.5% to 205,228 cubic metres as compared to 251,992 cubic metres in 2017.
Several reasons contribute to this downward trajectory. First, BC Coastal shipments continue to… more

The 20th Architect-Inspector Training Begins

The 20th KWCA-WUC Architect-Inspector Training sponsored by Canada Wood Korea began on April 6. This training is an annual session targeted at professionals including builders, architects and structural engineers to prepare them with the… more

Midply Dealer Network

Canada Wood has been working on gathering manufacturing partners of Midply panels and making a list of Midply dealer network. We had seminars and held workshops about Midply last fiscal year and understood what kinds of support or… more

Large-Scale Wooden Structure in Southern Japan

Recently Kevin Bews (COFI, SPF Group) and I visited a large-scale platform-frame construction job site on Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture, a tropical island similar to Hawaii. Due to an increase in tourism, from both overseas and… more

Nursing Home Himawari

Nursing Home Himawari is in Yokohama city, about an hour drive south of Tokyo. Construction for this project began in February 2018 and is on schedule to be completed and open in May 2019. It is a large 180 room senior multi-care complex… more

Japan Set to Enter the New Era of Reiwa

At the start of the fiscal new year in April, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary proclaimed the name of a new era. The current “Heisei” era under the Japanese calendar will end on April 30th when the Emperor abdicates the throne. On… more

China Economic Update

China’s economy continued to slow in 2019, with Q1 GDP growth at 6.4%, compared to 6.6% in 2018. However, the growth is slightly higher than market expectations. This is attributed to higher factory production, which has benefited from… more

NLT Floor Panels Passed Fire Test

Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT) floor panels passed a fire resistance test in Beijing in March 2019. The results exceded expectations and will help lead to new applications in mass timber buildings and advancement in China’s fire… more