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Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
Japan’s GDP jumped to an annualized 5.9% in the January to March quarter thanks to a splurge of capital investment and consumer spending in advance of the consumption tax increase in April. Robust first quarter… more

Continuous Discussion on CLT JAS Standard

As one of the remaining challenges after the establishment of JAS*1 standard for cross laminated timber (CLT) in December 2013, is the fact that the species group concept for the boards has still not been accepted.  Recently COFI’s… more

Fire Test Successful for PFC Floor Assembly

After the successful fire test for a PFC roof assembly, the floor assembly fire tests were also successful.  These tests are part of a Canada Wood FY2014-2015 market access project, where we are working on “Fireproof Testing of PFC Roof… more

PFC Flat Roof Structure Passes Fire Test

As one of Canada Wood FY2014-2015 market access projects, we are working on “Fireproof Testing of PFC Roof & Exterior Emergency Hallway Floor Assemblies for Large Scale Structures”.  We are conducting full sized fire tests for the… more

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Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) lowered growth forecasts for the current fiscal year down from 1.5% to 1.1%. The BOJ forecasts economic growth of 1.5% in fiscal 2015. Encouraged by signs that they are on track to reach their target of 2%… more

Record Year for 2×4 Fireproof Structures

The Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association reports a new record 289 units (98,876 m²) of fireproof approvals for the fiscal year 2013 (274 approvals in fiscal 2012) for a accumulative total of 2,306 units (561,896 m²) of 2×4… more

Nursing Home Otsukawa Yawataien Opens

A new midsize elderly carefacility, Nursing Home Otsukawa Yawataien begins operations. The nursing home is located in Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture and will provide care for 61 senior residents in the community. This is the third elderly… more

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UVic MBA Students Research for Canada Wood

An international MBA program from the University of Victoria is working in cooperation with Canada Wood to produce market research reports on issues in China. The group spent two weeks in Beijing and Shanghai meeting with experts in… more

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Better Home Mini Trade Show

China’s leading low carbon magazine (EcoNomy 碳商) organized a mini trade show at the lobby of Shanghai World Financial Centre Building, Shanghai’s highest skyscraper from April 14-18. Canada Wood, as a strategic… more

China Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

2014 Q1 China GDP Report

China’s 2014Q1 GDP growth rate came in at 7.4%. This is slightly higher than market expectation of 7.3% but lower than the stated target of 7.5%.
The Chinese government is unlikely to kick-start any major… more

Korea Economy, Housing, & Lumber Shipments

The 2013 South Korea’s economic data was revised in accordance with the system of national accounts (SNA) 2008, the latest version of the international statistical standard for calculating national accounts. Under the new… more

2014 Maple Gala – “Feast of Northern Lights”

CWK invited prominent architects, who have participated in one of CWK organized technical transfer programs and became advocates of using wood and leaders in expanding and opening new wood construction market in Korea, for a networking… more

3 Architects and 3 Colors Seminar in Gimcheon: A Surprise

3 leading architects with extensive portfolio of wood frame houses and wood buildings from affordable Peanut Houses (duplexes) to custom single family homes and institutional buildings were invited to share their experiences in design and… more

WFC 101 for New-to-Wood Architects

On March 7, 2014, CWK in collaboration with the Korea Wood Construction Association (KWCA) and HausStyle, a member of KWCA, held a full day intensive wood frame house design and construction seminar in Seoul for 20 design teams selected by… more

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Reconstruction in Tohoku

How the Japanese Physically Move Mountains
Japan recently marked the third anniversary since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. I recently had the opportunity to drive up the Tohoku Coast to coordinate our third… more

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Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Signal Housing Industry Risks
This past March the LDP government tabled a revision to the Dispatch Worker Law which allows for temporary labour to be employed in all job categories, up from two dozen categories at present. With a… more

KWCA-CWK QS Workshops: More than Words

When I first started building houses, my dad helped me.  He started with a blank piece of paper and a pencil.  “This is a stud,” he said, as he drew a straight line on the page.  I shook my head.
A few lines later, he… more