The Matechstone Taixing project supported by Canada Wood China (CW China) was completed in June. It is the first commercial demonstration project hybridizing a precast concrete and wood infill building envelop system in China. It will be used as the company’s R&D centre. A project opening and product launch ceremony was held on June 22 on site.
At the ceremonyMatechstone announced that the new building envelop system used in the demonstration project, branded PEC System (Prefabricated Energy-saving Cladding), will be in bulk production in the future. The system is the first of its kind in China, showcasing how wood construction fits well with China’s construction industrialization.
Video: Promotional video of Taixing Matechstone R&D Centre Project
The two-story, 2,455-square metres hybrid structure is the result of three years of collaboration with Matechstone, a leading precast concrete manufacturer in east China established in 2015. CW China provided significant technical support throughout the design, prefabrication and construction stages. All the wall panels were framed with Canadian SPF and the entrance of the building was built with Douglas-fir Glulams.
Matechstone and CW China also renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the day, agreeing to further develop and promote the PEC system together. The PEC system used in the Taixing project, installed on the concrete slab of each floor, is regarded as version 1.0. The plan is to develop PEC version 2.0, which would be a hung type close panel system for higher prefabrication and more energy efficient building envelop.
Matechstone recently received a major capital infusion via its new major shareholder Shanghai Electric Group. With the new investment, the company plans to expand and operate eventually 12 precast concrete plants in China.
CW China started to collaborate with Matechstone in May 2017, when the first MOU was signed. The first infill wall trial project was in Matechstone’s Changzhou Plant, which was completed in March 2018.
Participants listen to the introduction of Naked Stables Resort.
An early summer trip to visit five wooden resort hotels built with Canadian lumber in and nearby Hangzhou city attracted more than 50 professionals in mid-June, including five real estate developers from central and eastern China. After the trip, the developers said they intended to adopt wood frame constructions in future projects.
“I would like to consider wood structure for upcoming projects, for example, the tall wood building in Zhejiang Yiwu Ice and Snow Town,” said Liu Guoliang, project developer of Zhongao Sports Development Company. He said he believed wood frame construction has a promising future in China because it fits well with nature.
“During the field trip, I was highly impressed by the harmony of wood houses blending in with nature. After learning about the advantages and cost of wood houses, I would like to adopt wood construction in my project near Huixin Retreat in Zhejiang,” said Li Jun, general manager of Xinyishang Properties Company.
The developers toured five houses built in recent years in eastern Zhejiang Province, which features abundant natural resources. CW China provided technical support to some of the projects. For example, the team provided consultations on fire protection for Naked Stables Resort, which has quickly become a popular resort hotel.
New government policies will likely present more opportunities to use wood in tourism applications. In 2013 and 2016, the government issued policies with the objective to boost the development of beautiful villages and featured towns to vitalize the economy of rural China.
Canada wood is focused on diversifying markets for Canadian wood products. To deliver results Canada Wood Group actively promotes and supports the innovation in manufacturing and increased uses of wood in building design and construction. We also expand export opportunities for Canadian wood products in traditional and emerging overseas markets, including China, Japan, South Korea, India, Vietnam, and Europe.
There have been many new and exciting developments: China Wood Frame Construction Technology (WFC) has been recognized for the first time by China’s Green Building Evaluation Standard as a viable solution for the country’s green building credit rating. Korea has celebrated urban regeneration with the completion of its tallest hybrid wood building. Japan is anticipating an increase in supply and demand for wooden large-scale buildings due to favorable Building Standard Law amendments. These are just a few of the new developments and there are many more to come in the future.
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Wood Frame Construction Technology (WFC) has officially been recognized for the first time by China’s Green Building Evaluation Standard as a viable solution for the country’s green building credit rating. This is another milestone for WFC in China on the government regulations front after a series of prefabrication policies favourable to wood has been published in the past few years.
The newly revised standard, printed in May and scheduled to be implemented in August 2019, includes WFC as one of the three building solutions along with concrete and steel systems. It also awards credits to wood frame solutions for being an innovative construction technology. The new standard also introduces the entry Certified Level, making it aligned with the LEED certification system and offering more accessible eligibility. This also means that green building standard is likely to be implemented as de-facto compulsory measures in the future.
In 2006, the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) released its first Evaluation Standard for Green Building, otherwise known as the Three Star System. Different from LEED’s total points rating system, the Chinese system requires that a building must obtain a certain number of points in all rating categories to qualify for a star rating.
Based on the 2006 Evaluation Standard for Green Building, MOHURD further revised the document the standard in 2015, vowing that 30% of all newly constructed buildings will be green by 2020. However, the 2015 revision still did not specify whether WFC was considered a green building solution.
In recent years, unremitting lobbying efforts by Canada Wood China contributed to the official recognition of WFC in a series of policies and industrialized construction standards. MOHURD realized that WFC should also be a part of green building policies and standards, and started working on revising the Three Star System again in 2018, merely three years after its second iteration.
The standard is expected to be revised again in 2020. Canada Wood China will maintain close communications with MOHURD to ensure the inclusion of WFC content in the revised standard.
A Canadian Parliamentary delegation had a meeting with Nanjing Tech University (NTU) when they visited the institution on May 23, 2019. The delegation was impressed by positive trends and opportunities in wood construction, especially mass timber, in China. The meeting also sent a positive signal in Sino-China relationships amid a sensitive season.
The Canadian Consulate in Shanghai organized the meeting with support from Canada Wood China (CW China). Senator Joseph A. Day and MP Joe Peschisolido led the nine-member delegation.
During the meeting, NTU, a leading university in timber engineering in China, introduced the development of wood construction in China, related R&D works, as well as wood structure projects that the university performed and designed. It also recognized the quality of Canadian lumber as the best for timber structures.
CW China provided the delegates a brief introduction of its market development program, its partnership with NTU in developing codes and standards and promoting greater use of Canadian lumber in wood constructions.
NTU did quite a few designs of modern wood constructions in recent years, including the Changzhou Yancheng Middle School Gym project, the swimming pool of Jilin Fitness Centre, and Suzhou Xuhong Timber Arch Bridge.