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Prefabricated Energy-Saving Cladding System Launched

Lily Sun

By Lily Sun

Business Development Manager, CW China

July 5, 2019

The newly built R&D centre of Matechstone

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.