This Month’s Highlights
- China Economic Update
- CW China partnered with Jiaotong University to issue guideline book on modern timber buildings
- NLT floor panels pass fire test
- Midply Dealer Network
- Most Southern Large-Scale Wooden Structure in Japan
- Nursing Home Himawari
- Japan’s First All-Wooden 3-Storey School Building in Niigata
- Japan Set to Enter the New Era of Reiwa
- Summer of Korean Housing Start
- Summary of Korean Lumber Shipments
- A 3-Story Multiple-Dwelling Wood In-fill Wall Demo House, Completed through Canada Wood’s Technical Support
- The 20th Architect-Inspector Training Begins
- The First 3 Houses Certified Under the Combined 5-Star and Korea Super-E® Program
China Economic Update
China’s economy continued to slow in 2019, with Q1 GDP growth at 6.4%, compared to 6.6% in 2018. However, the growth is slightly higher than market expectations, helped by sharply higher factory production, amid the government’s fiscal stimulus through additional tax cuts and infrastructure spending this year.
The Caixin China General Manufacturing PMI rose to 50.8 in March 2019 from 49.9 the previous month, beating market expectations of 50.1. The latest reading was the first increase in manufacturing activity in four months and the strongest since July 2018. Read more
CW China partnered with Jiaotong University to issue guideline book on modern timber buildings
Canada Wood China (CW China) published the book Guidelines for Modern Timber Structure Construction – Building Technology in April 2019. The book, targeting China’s property developers and architects, helping key companies and individuals in the industry to implement modern wood construction (MWC) projects on the ground. This is the first booklet in China explaining key stages in managing MWC projects. Read more
NLT floor panels pass fire test
Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT) floor panels passed a fire resistance test in Beijing in March 2019. The results exceded expectations and will help lead to new applications in mass timber buildings and advancement in China’s fire code.
Canada Wood China (CW China) commissioned the Beijing Fire Test Center of the China Academy of Building Research (CABR) to conduct the test. The fire resistance test evaluated the duration for which NLT panels can be exposed to fire and maintain its structural integrity. Read more
Midply Dealer Network
Canada Wood has been working on gathering manufacturing partners of Midply panels and making a list of Midply dealer network. We had seminars and held workshops about Midply last fiscal year and understood what kinds of support or improvement needed to use Midply in buildings. Wee classified them into three types. The first is to establish structural calculation methods. The second is to improve performances other than lateral strength. The last is to improve workability to install Midply panels to building frames. We had several meetings with panels companies this month in order to resolve workability issues as well as to gather manufacturing partners of Midply panels. Read more
Most Southern Large-Scale Wooden Structure in Japan
Recently Kevin Bews (COFI, SPF Group) and I visited a large-scale platform-frame construction job site on Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture, a tropical island similar to Hawaii. Due to an increase in tourism, from both overseas and domestic tourists, Okinawa has been experiencing a construction boom over the last several years. Although Okinawa has traditionally been a concrete construction market, this boom has also led to an increase in wood construction. Read more
Nursing Home Himawari
Nursing Home Himawari is in Yokohama city, about an hour drive south of Tokyo. Construction for this project began in February 2018 and is on schedule to be completed and open in May 2019. It is a large 180 room senior multi-care complex that includes a nursery for care staff’s children within the facility. This building is a hybrid platform-frame structure that sits on a concrete podium with a total floor area of 8,345 m². The first floor of the building is built out of reinforced concrete and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors being a 2×4 fireproof structure, consuming approximately 1,200m³ of SPF dimension lumber in its construction supplied by Canadian forest companies. Read more
Japan’s First All-Wooden 3-Storey School Building in Niigata
Demand for non-residential wooden buildings has shown significant growth in Japan over the past several years. This trend is apparent with educational facilities. As a case in point, in Uozu City, Niigata Prefecture, a new wooden school building project commenced in December 2015. The proposal committee reached the conclusion that the building should be an all-wood building. This milestone means that the school will be the first 3-storey all-wooden school building in Japan. Read more
Japan Set to Enter the New Era of Reiwa
At the start of the fiscal new year in April, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary proclaimed the name of a new era. The current “Heisei” era under the Japanese calendar will end on April 30th when the Emperor abdicates the throne. On May 1st Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend to the throne and the new era “Reiwa” will commence. The translation of Reiwa is “Beautiful Harmony”. For the first time in over 30 years Japan will celebrate a new Emperor with a 10-day extended national holiday, dubbed “super golden week”. Read more
Summer of Korean Housing Start
Due to declining construction investment amid the ongoing government intervention to curb rising house prices and cool down the overheated housing market, South Korea’s housing starts for 2018 decreased 16% to 81,300 buildings and decreased 13.5% to 470,706 units.
Housing permits in a number of buildings and units for 2018 also decreased by 15.3% and 15.2% respectively from a year earlier.
In 2018, the number of wood building starts and permits decreased by 15.1% and 26% respectively. This was due to the overall slowdown of housing market together with the more stringent requirements for seismic design on small scale buildings and sound proof floor requirement in Dagagu house. Read more
Summary of Korean Lumber Shipments
BC softwood lumber export volume to South Korea in 2018 decreased by 18.5% to 205,228 cubic meters as compared to 251,992 cubic meters in 2017.
Several reasons contribute to this downward trajectory. First, BC Costal shipments continue to decrease in the second quarter of 2018. Secondly, South Korea government’s strong intervention policies to decrease new housing supply with the intention to curb the rising household debts and housing price has resulted in decreasing new housing stats. Read more
A 3-Story Multiple-Dwelling Wood In-fill Wall Demo House, Completed through Canada Wood’s Technical Support
The construction of a three-story multiple-dwelling wood in-fill wall demo house, which was carried out through the technical support from Canada Wood Korea, was completed in March 2019. Before the Korean Acoustical Code regulations on floors between multi-story housing units was strengthened, approximately more than 800 multiple-dwelling houses (so called as Dagagu housing) were constructed with light-weight wood frame each year. However, since the acoustical code only approved standard concrete floor, it has been difficult to get building permits for Dagagu housing buildings designed with wood floors. Read more
The 20th Architect-Inspector Training Begins
The 20th KWCA-WUC Architect-Inspector Training sponsored by Canada Wood Korea began on April 6. This training is an annual session targeted at professionals including builders, architects and structural engineers to prepare them with the knowledge required for wood construction inspections. This year’s training is scheduled from April 6 to August 10.
Over the past 20 years, the inspector training was attended by primary builders. Read more
The First 3 Houses Certified Under the Combined 5-Star and Korea Super-E® Program
For the first time, the certification of the 5-Star Construction Quality and Korea Super-E® program were combined and three houses received the certifications for their superior construction quality and energy efficiency performance.
The combined certification program was implemented in 2018 when the Korean Wood Construction Association (KWCA) increased its capacity and became the Service Organization for Korea Super-E® Program. KWCA’s member companies have actively participated in various training programs in both Korea and Canada delivered in collaboration with the Super-E® Office/Energy Efficient Exporters Alliance (EEEA). Read more