This Month’s Highlights
- Agreement reached from Sino-Canada meeting to strengthen collaboration in promoting green wood buildings
- Canada Wood Released China Tracking Wood Project report
- China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its Impact on Lumber Imports
- Summary 2018 Non-Residential Construction Market
- Summary Review of 2018 Japan Housing Starts
- Japan Housing Starts Summary for January 2019
- B.C. Minister Chow’s Visits Wooden Seniors’ Residence
- COFI Midrise Wood Building Design Competition & Awards Ceremony
- Korea Economy Update
- KOREAN KBS TV program telling story of Evolving Wood House
- 3-Day Workshop for Advanced HOT2000 Energy Simulation
- 2018 Korea Wood Design Awards Grand Prize for the Built Contest Category: ‘Seo Hyang Gak’
- Extensive application of Rahmen structure to high-rise apartments provides opportunity for Wood Infill Wall market
- Canadian Treated Wood Stakes Remain Intact In its 8th Year at Jinju Testing Site
Agreement reached from Sino-Canada meeting to strengthen collaboration in promoting green wood buildings
Agreement was reached among Ministry of Housing and Urban-rural Development (MOHURD), Canadian Embassy and Canada Wood in the annual joint working committee (JWC) meeting on March 5, 2019, in Beijing. Chinese and Canadian delegates both agree to expand the existing scope of work to promote wood green building and optimize the constitution of the expert panel in the working committee. Read more
Canada Wood Released China Tracking Wood Project report
Canada Wood China (CW China) released the Tracking Wood Project StartsReport that reviews the developments and trend of wood construction in China in 2018.
The report provides statistics of new wood construction starts in six Chinese key provinces from a survey conducted in 2018. Quarterly statistics of floor areas are analyzed for six building categories
Provinces of Jiangsu, Hebei, Shandong, Guangdong, Hubei and Shandong are selected due to their leading position in wood construction development. Read more
China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its Impact on Lumber Imports
According to trade data sourced from China Customs, China imported 36.8 million cubic metres of lumber in 2018, a slight decline of 1.6 percent from 2017. Of total lumber imports, softwood lumber accounted for 24.9 million cubic metres, a slight decrease of one percent compared to 2017.
However, Russian softwood lumber exports to China were a whopping 15.65 million cubic metres in 2018, an increase of 10 percent compared with 2017. This is more than double the exports in 2014 and now represents a 63% share of the China market. Clearly, China’s “Belt & Road Initiative” (BRI) was partly responsible for the increase in softwood lumber volumes from Russia to China. Read more
Summary 2018 Non-Residential Construction Market
Total non-residential construction for 2018 declined 3.5% by number of buildings to 55,220 units or by floor area by 2.1% to 39,772,196m2. The number of wooden units fell by 2.9% and floor area declined 3.5% to 3,768,354m2. Overall market share of wood held steady at 35% when measured by the number of buildings or at 9.5% by floor area. Overall estimated wood use in non-residential construction was 659,462m3. The top five end uses for non-residential wooden construction were as follows: (1) Medical, elderly care & social welfare facilities, Est. 172,857m3; (2) Mixed Residential/Commercial 97,687m3; (3) Agricultural Buildings 85,198m3; (4) Business/Commercial services 60,096m3 and (5) Restaurants & Accommodation 49,958m3.
Summary Review of 2018 Japan Housing Starts
In 2018 total housing starts declined 2.2% to 942,370 units. Wooden housing fell 1.1% to 539,394 units. As a percentage of overall housing, wooden homes increased to 57.2%, the strongest showing in over three decades. Of all housing, post and beam starts were the most resilient: falling 0.5% to 409,873 units. Non-wood others starts fell 3.0% to 284,103 units. Platform frame starts declined 2.6% to 116,988 units. Wooden prefab fell 5.8% to 12,533 units and total prefab fell 5.5% to 131,406 units. In terms of relative market share prefab housing fell half a percentage point and 2×4 housing was essentially stagnant at twelve and a half percent. Read more
Japan Housing Starts Summary for January 2019
January housing starts peaked out a 1.1% increase to finish at 67,087 units, but for wooden construction cheery news was in short supply. Owner occupied housing increased 3.3% for the 4th consecutive monthly gain, but rental housing dropped 12.3%. Wooden housing finished down 2.2% to 38,121 units. But by housing type there were clear winners and losers. Post and beam starts largely held their own, declining 0.5% to 29,308 units. Wooden pre-fab rose for a 4.5% to 951 units; albeit compared to a poor showing the year prior. Overall prefab fell 10.6% to 9,480 units. Platform frame starts tanked; falling 8.5% to 7,862 units. Read more
B.C. Minister Chow’s Visits Wooden Seniors’ Residence
On a recent trip to Japan, B.C. Minister of State for Trade, the Honourable George Chow visited a wooden elderly care facility in Tokyo with COFI and Canada Wood staff on March 18th. While touring the site, the minister was introduced to the project’s design and construction team members, and was very impressed to see so much Canadian wood products at Kamishakujii Kohoen, a seniors’ residence (44-rooms) under construction in Tokyo. The strong and sustainable building is 2-storey platform-frame fireproof structure with a total floor area of 2,305 m², utilizing both SPF dimension lumber and Oriented Strand Board (OSB) from Western Canada in its construction. Read more
COFI Midrise Wood Building Design Competition & Awards Ceremony
COFI conducted its second Wood Midrise Design Competition this fiscal year, which began October 17, 2018 and applications from architects and construction firms were received until January 18nd, 2019. Judging for the competition was done on February 4, by three independent leading academics in the field of Japanese architecture: Ms. Azuma, Mr. Koshihara and Mr. Harada. On March 6, an awards ceremony and reception was held at the Canadian Embassy to honour the selected building’s design and construction personnel, celebrate tall wood building innovation and raise awareness of the growth opportunities for four, five and six storey wood midrise construction in Japan. Read more
Korea Economy Update
South Korea’s economy grew 2.7% in 2018, marking a six-year low amid sluggish investments, but its gross national income per capita, a gauge of the population’s purchasing power, exceeded the $30,000 mark for the first time – be more specific, $31,349, up 5.4% on-year.
The latest figures are considered crucial for the South Korea economy amid the prolonged slow economic growth, as the $30,000 mark is generally considered an entry line for top-tier economies.
South Korea ranked 9th in per capita GNI among countries with 20 million or more people, standing next to the US, Japan, Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Austria, and Italy.
On GDP growth, facility investment fell to a nine-year low of 1.6% in 2018 as cooling global demand for semiconductors discouraged companies from expanding their factory lines. Read more
KOREAN KBS TV program telling story of Evolving Wood House
To address people’s growing concerns of the impact of building on environment and carbon footprint, KBS Morning News Time, a nationwide TV channel broadcasted a program titled to introduce wood frame construction that unlike traditional Korean wooden house. The program shares ideas of why this is an environmentally-friendly building solution that offers both warm feeling and stylish looking and also can be advanced to build mid-rise structures.
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This house featured by the program is a prefab home built and finished in factory and assembled on the job site. This industrialized building method thanks to the advancing technology development gains attention from the industry. Read more
3-Day Workshop for Advanced HOT2000 Energy Simulation
Certified Energy Advisor (CEA) and EEEA consultant Jack Zhou has revisited Korea to conduct the advanced workshop on HOT2000 Energy Simulation in Seoul for three days from February 25 to 27 for the second time.
Unlike the first 2-day workshop, which used simplified house plan for training and simple use specified values for inputs, this 3-day workshop used a house plan from an actual project aiming for Super-E® House certification currently under construction in Korea. The new house plan added a lot more complexities in taking-offs but demonstrated real-world challenges you will face in simulations. Read more
2018 Korea Wood Design Awards Grand Prize for the Built Contest Category: ‘Seo Hyang Gak’
The ceremony of ‘2018 Korea Wood Design Awards’ was held at the Incheon Wood Cultural Experience Center on December 10, 2018. Korea Wood Design Awards sponsored by Canada Wood Korea alongside Korea Forest Service keeps gaining more public confidence by making progress each year. The Grand Prize for the Built Contest Category went to ‘Seo Hyang Gak’, a project submitted by the Architect Gye-yeon Won. Mr. Gye-yeon Won completed the Canada Wood led Architect-Inspector Training Course which offers advanced wood frame construction training for architects, engineers, and builders. This success story surely proves that the alumni of CWK’s tech transfer programs are leading the wood construction and design industry in Korea. Read more
Extensive application of Rahmen structure to high-rise apartments provides opportunity for Wood Infill Wall market
In February, the Korean government and Korea Land & Housing Corporation (LH) announced that they will apply the Rahmen structure extensively to the building design. Unlike the shear wall structure, the Rahmen structure is a post-and-lintel structure, in which two upright members, the posts, hold up a third member, the lintel, laid horizontally across their top surfaces to create open space for non-load bearing infill walls. This type of building structure is flexible in changing the internal partition walls that correspond with the government’s Long Lasting Housing Policy.
One of the key advantages the Rahmen structure offers is the noise control between floors. Unlike sheathing wall system, the sound doesn’t transfer through load-bearing walls thus creates a better sound control performance. Read more
Canadian Treated Wood Stakes Remain Intact In its 8th Year at Jinju Testing Site
Ph.D., Rod Stirling, FPInnovations’ Manager of New Construction Materials, visited Korea to conduct the joint annual inspection of Canadian treated wood at Jinju field testing site with Ph.D., Jong Bum Ra, Professor of Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology, and, for the first time, with Ph.D., Jae Yoon Ryu, the Chairman of the Korea Wood Preservation Association, on March 4, 2019.
Jinju field testing site consists of ground contact stakes and ground proximity testing samples of 2 common and refractory wood species in Canada, White Spruce, and Hemlock. They were treated to CSA O80 series for residential applications with ACQ and CA in Canada and brought to Korea and installed at the site in 2010. Also, untreated controls, which had to be replaced every few years due to termite attack and decay, are provided for comparison. Read more