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Midply Case Study Manual Completed

As one of the key Canada Wood technical development initiatives, COFI Tokyo has been working on Midply Wall System since 2010.  The Midply Wall System was originally invented in 1998 by Dr. Erol Varoglu of Forintek Corp (now… more

4-Storey Fireproof Apartment

On February 4th, COFI Japan’s staff visited a unique 2×4 fireproof building under construction near the main Kawasaki train station in Kanagawa Prefecture. The project is being constructed by a medium size construction company,… more

Mission to Canada creates Mission within Korea

CWK invited 20 Korean delegates to its annual Developer Mission to Canada last October 2013 to educate Korean architects, developers and builders about the potential for wood and wood building methods which in turn would encourage them… more

Korea Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Economy
South Korea’s exports edged down 0.2% on-year to US$45.58 billion in January, with imports dropping 0.9% to $44.85 billion posting a trade surplus of $735 million.
Household income grew 2.1% on-year in 2013 on improved labor… more

Growing Opportunity for Wood in Tourism

An indication that China’s tourism industry is increasingly interested in adopting wood applications, both WFC and glulam, is underlined by Canada Wood China’s technical support for projects in Hebei, Shaanxi, Jilin, Anhui. Jiangxi and… more

China Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Economy: Politburo focuses on growth ahead of Li Keqiang’s first work report
Politburo outlines goal of keeping economic expansion within ‘reasonable range’ as premier prepares to deliver his first address to the National… more

SPF and OSB use in Hybrid Post & Beam Structure

A new project, a small elderly care home is under construction in the capital city of Hokkaido, Sapporo, by local contractor Takeuchi Kensetsu. The project is a two-storey post and beam structure (425 m²) that was designed by Nishikawa… more

Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Japan’s economy closed out 2013 on a fragile upwards growth trajectory. Annual GDP advanced 1.6% in 2013. However fourth quarter GDP results fell to a 0.9% annualized rate. Weaker than expected consumer demand as well as declining… more

Builder’s Club Meeting in Shanghai

A builder’s club meeting was held in DHC on Dec 23rd attended by 60 builders and suppliers. Presentations from leading builders such as Crown Homes, Paragon, T-deco were given to the audience to address the topics of building… more

China Economy, Housing, and Lumber Shipments

Economic Update:

China’s annual growth rate came in at 7.7 percent in 2013. The modest slowdown indicates the beginning of what could be a challenging transition period of learning to live with less growth in exchange for better… more

2×4 Fireproof Care Facilities in Japan

Last year was an exceptional year for 2×4 fireproof elderly care facilities being built in this country and somewhat ironic that the Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association reported 24 applications approvals in 2013. Note that many… more

COFI Japan Launches Revamped Website

COFI took its revamped Japanese website live at the end of December. The new site was re-designed to be more visually engaging and provide better organized and timely information for lumber and building industry professionals in Japan. The… more

Japan Economy, Housing, and Lumber Shipments

Economic Update: In Search of the Virtuous Cycle 
In 2013 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” economic reform policies showed progess in re-energizing Japan’s economy and ending two decades of deflation. As the year closed… more