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Canada Wood Tries China’s Social Media Platform

Social media has changed the way the world communicates. The conversations taking place online have the power to drive perceptions and engagement. Social media allows a company to engage honestly and openly with target audiences… more

Life in Tokyo

Birthday Suit & Earthquake Don’t Mix
We just got hit by yet another fairly strong quake early this morning.   It must have been just after 7:00 am.  I had just gotten in the shower and turned on the water.  It started with small… more

Earthquake Reconstruction Underway

Construction Work Begins on 2×4 Temporary Shelters in Kessenuma

On April 27th Canada Wood Japan’s Kevin Bews, Shawn Lawlor and Jim Ivanoff visited Kessenuma, Miyagi Prefecture to view construction on one of the first temporary… more

Canadian Wood Central to Energy Efficient Home

A closer look at the Ikumu post & beam home.
A residential single detached house was recently completed in Kasuga-Machi, Nerima-Ku, Tokyo and turned over to its owner on May 5, 2011.  The project was designed by Mr. S. Seno, 1st Class… more

Hungry for Wood

Beijing’s Tsinghua University Teaches Students About Wood Frame Construction
I’m not on the jobsite every single day.  Last Friday I had a different assignment in Beijing at Tsinghua University.  For the last three years we’ve… more

Lessons From The Colonel!

Customers line up for Kentucky Fried Chicken every day in more than 500 cities across China. China’s fondness for KFC is on par with Canada’s love affair with Tim Hortons. People earning an average of $26 per day, who are among the… more

West Meets East

Due to the nature of my work, I’m never in one place very long. Instead, I may spend a couple weeks or as much as a couple months working on one project, then move onto the next. Sort of like a modern day gypsy. The project I’m at… more

Japan’s “9/11”

Recently I have been asked by folks back in Canada what impact the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake is going to have on Japan. The facts remain to be seen, but I thought I might share some opinions from the front line. Prime Minister Naoto… more

Canadian Wood Exhibit — “The 60 Hour Miracle”

The three storey apartment display building assembled in 60 hours at a Green Building show in Beijing was so successful it may change Canada Wood’s approach to trade shows in China. In recent years there has been an explosion of trade… more

India — the Illusive Market

Recently Brian Zak (CWG phytosanitary & market access rep) and I visited India.  Our primary objective was to expedite the resolution of troublesome plant health and access barriers which were impeding the port clearance of some… more

Japan Begins to Rebuild Temporary Housing Shelters

Kyodo News – Construction work on Temporary Housing Commences in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture)

Re-construction work to provide temporary shelters for 100,000’s of victims left homeless from the March 11th Great Tohoku-Kanto… more

Korea: Trending Towards Prefab?

Refresh has established its prefabrication division more than a year ago and has finally produced their first fully pre-fabricated wall panels, floor and roof trusses for a single detached home…. more

Largest Wood Frame Display Booth Ever

Canada Wood and FII China staff will unveil their most impressive tradeshow display booth to date on March 28th in Beijing. Working with the design team at Crownhomes, a three story, 776m2 apartment building with nine suites will be… more

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Japan Market Update

Economy
Returning to a solid trajectory of growth, Japan’s GDP grew to US $5.477 trillion (US $39,881 per capita) as of December 2010. Real annualized GDP grew at 6.8% in Q1, 3.0% in Q2 and 4.5% in the third quarter. Recovery was buoyed… more

WFC Case Study: Duplex House (A “Peanut” House)

A “Peanut” house is a new prevailing terminology among many first time home buyers in Korea representing a duplex house (two family units in one lot) like a peanut (two nuts in one shell). This new terminology created by Mr. H.Y. Lee,… more

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Breaking WFC’s 3 floor code barrier

In most countries, fire regulations are the single most important factor governing the scope of application for wood-frame buildings. China is no exception. The current Chinese fire code (GB 50016) allows light wood-frame buildings to be… more