This Month’s Highlights
- China maintains position as world’s largest furniture producer
- Puhua Dragon Bridge – the historic wind and rain bridge built by Glulam
- Successful Recruitment for the 13th Advanced Technology Construction Training in Canada
- Revision on Seismic Design Standards for Buildings with Total Floor Area Exceeding 200m2 by September
- Return of single family houses, Closing in Upon 130,000 Households a Year
- Korea Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments
China maintains position as world’s largest furniture producer
During the past few years, CW China has been working to position Canadian lumber for China’s manufacturing sector. According to a recent report, China accounts for 41% of the world’s furniture production.
According to a study by The Center For Industrial Studies Milano (CSIL) issued “International Furniture Market Research Report from 2017 to 2018”. China is the most important country for furniture manufacturing, accounting for 41% of global production.
Puhua Dragon Bridge – the historic wind and rain bridge built by Glulam
Zhuoshui Town is a famous town of cultural and historical significance; it has been recognized as a 4A class scenic spot by the Chinese government. The town is located in the South-East corner of Qianjiang District of Chongqing, 26 kilometers away from the main town of Qianjiang, next to the Apeng River which is the main tributary of Wujiang River. There are stilted building groups built by the Tujia Minority, including piers and markets in the town that date back thousands of years.
Before 2013, Zhuoshui Wind and Rain Bridge crossed the Apeng River. The former bridge was more than 300 meters long and was known as ‘Asia No.1 Wind and Rain Bridge without any nail. Unfortunately, it was burned down in 2013.
Wind and Rain Bridge is a bridge style which is built by the Dong Minority of China with their unique carpentry skills. The pavilions built on “Wind and Rain Bridges” provided shelter to people from the wind and rain. A Wind and Rain Bridge is normally composed of the bridge, a tower and a pavilion, with wood being the main building material. These bridges are considered one of the main scenic spots in Zhuoshui. Read more
2×4 Housing Promotion Initiative
COFI SPF Group’s initiative to promote 2×4 single-family housing continues to gain momentum. Since finalizing and posting four animations based on the story of the “Three Little Pigs” in April 2016, outlining the advantages of platform frame construction, we have had over 6,000 accumulative views on COFI Japan’s YouTube account. In addition, we have also had requests for 45 copies in DVD format from our customers, so they can show the animations to the general public and end users at their model show homes, sales offices and other housing related events. Currently about 20 Japanese companies and organizations are also featuring the 2×4 animation series on their websites. Read more
COFI Invited to MLIT’s Midrise PFC Building Code Project
From the fire resistive perspective, PFC buildings with 4 storeys or more are now theoretically achievable, thanks to the 2-hour fire resistive approvals. From the structural design perspective, however, buildings with 4 storeys or more require “Retained Lateral Force calculation”, known as a structural design route with quite complicated procedures. Under a national program, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) established a two-year technical project to facilitate structural design work for PFC buildings with 4 storeys or more. This project aims to enable midrise PFC buildings to be structurally designed under the allowable stress design method, which is a relatively simple and comparatively cost effective approach. The technical committee for this project consists of the top scientists and structural engineers in Japan in addition to MLIT officers. COFI has been invited to this committee. At the first meeting in fiscal 2017, the committee asked COFI brief the members on the transition background in 2009 when BC relaxed the PFC building code from maximum 4 storeys to 6 storeys. Read more
Successful Recruitment for the 13th Advanced Technology Construction Training in Canada
Canada Wood Korea has planned, recruited and delivered 2 week-long extensive wood frame construction training in Canada during the last 12 years called “Advanced Technology Construction Training (ATCT)”. The training program has focused on transfer of the latest and best Canadian wood frame construction technologies and best practices for Korean designer, builders, developers, students and material distributors.
As the interests in efficient and healthy houses have been growing fast due to the periodic upgrades of the Korean energy conservation code and degradation of air quality, the training program has focused on delivering Super E House Standards, the energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible, healthy and cost-effective wood frame house construction during the last two years in collaboration with the Super E Office/Energy Efficient Exporters Alliance(EEEA) and the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). Read more
Revision on Seismic Design Standards for Buildings with Total Floor Area Exceeding 200m2 by September
More buildings will be subject to seismic design requirements as the current requirements, applied to buildings with a total floor space exceeding 500m2, will be more widely applied to include buildings with over 200m2 in floor space as early as August of this year. It appears that stricter seismic design requirements are being prepared in response to rising social concerns toward earthquakes due to successive reports on the disaster.
Seismic design requirements were first introduced in 1988 for buildings 6 storey and higher or total floor area 100,000m2 for the first time in Korea Read more
Return of single family houses, Closing in Upon 130,000 Households a Year
Single family houses were overshadowed by the popularity of apartment houses, but it is today enjoying a renaissance. Following the changes in the residential environment and the efforts of construction companies to find new business opportunities, single family houses are regaining popularity and the number of wood buildings is on a constant rise.
In Korea, single family houses fell from being mainstream housing with the advent of the apartment homes in the 1980’s and was pushed farther away from the interest of homebuyers when high-rise apartments a hit in the 2000’s. However, single family houses are emerging as the new housing trend based on the recently increased supply.
In fact, the number of single family houses traded increased from 81,891 households in 2010 to 103,211 in 2014 and 129,065 in 2015, which is the highest figure since 2006 since such statistics were recorded. Read more
Korea Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments
South Korea’s economic growth slowed in the second quarter of this year from a year earlier due to decreased exports, mainly in shipments of transportation equipment, petrochemicals and chemical products. In the second quarter, GDP increased 0.6%, down from the previous quarter’s 1.1% gain.
Exports in the second quarter fell 3% from the previous quarter and declined 0.1% from the previous year. Although the second quarter exports declined, exports during the first half of 2017 totaled at US$279.4 billion, up 15.8% points from the same period of 2016 while imports jumped 21% to US$233.6 billion resulting the trade surplus of US$45.8 billion.
Both exports and imports marked the largest highest half year tally since 2014 on the upturn in oil prices, and recovering demand for chips, steel and displays. Read more