This Month’s Highlights
- Construction begins on Sino-Canadian wood frame industrial park
- Chinese manufacturer turns up the heat with its own CLT barbecue grill
- Prefab hybrid building wins international award
- Canadian team showcases net-zero home solution at Solar Decathlon
- Three Little Pigs 2×4 Episode #5
- Building Code to Allow Visually Exposed Wood Structures in Midrise
- Midply Legally Positioned in PFC Building Code
- Low-Rise Commercial Opportunities for Dimension Lumber
- Non-Residential Starts June 2018
- Japan Housing Starts Summary for June 2018
- Celebrating 20 Years at COFI Japan!
Construction begins on Sino-Canadian wood frame industrial park
The park is slated to be an international advanced processing base for modern wood structures, wood produce and process wooden components.
A 12-storey demonstration timber building, the first of its kind in China, will be built in the park. Read more
Chinese manufacturer turns up the heat with its own CLT barbecue grill
A little creativity goes a long way in explaining the inherent fire resistance character of mass timber to those who don’t believe. This inspiring photo shows a barbecue grill made of CLT panels. It was made by X-Lam, a New Zealand CLT manufacturer.
Once we posted it on social media, it picked up over 7,100 views in two days. It was also retweeted by numerous other social media accounts. Within a couple of days, Sino-Canada Low Carbon, a Chinese CLT manufacturer based in Zhejiang province, had made a copycat and posted the images on its own social media account. Read more
Prefab hybrid building wins international award
The Yantong Demo Project in Changzhou jointly built by Canada Wood China and Shanghai Matechstone Co. has won the “International Cooperation of Shanghai Prefabrication Technology” award at the Shanghai Prefabrication Innovation Forum on July 26.
The demo project of wood/concrete hybrid infill wall construction, the first hybrid building in China that constructed with precast concrete and prefabricated wood infill walls, demonstrates the advantages of wood and concrete materials when used together, boosts construction efficiency and reduces costs. Read more
Canadian team showcases net-zero home solution at Solar Decathlon
The city is hosting the 2018 Solar Decathlon Competition, an international showcase of solar-powered net-zero housing. The competition invited 19 teams from 34 universities around the world. McGill and Concordia Universities teamed up as TeamMTL, the only Canadian team in the competition. The houses will remain permanently on site as part of an Innovation Park dedicated to high-performance building and breakthroughs in renewable energy research. Read more
Three Little Pigs 2×4 Episode #5
COFI’s new promotion initiative to promote 2×4 single-family housing to end users continues to grow. Since finalizing and posting four 2×4 animations based on the story of the “Three Little Pigs”, we have chalked up over 350,000 accumulative views on COFI Japan’s YouTube channel, since launching this animation sereis two years ago. Read more
Building Code to Allow Visually Exposed Wood Structures in Midrise
Under the current Japanese building code (Building Standard Law: BSL), fire resistive structures are required in all midrise buildings (exceeding 16 m in height or 4 storeys or more). The common method of making wooden structures fire resistive is to clad them with gypsum board. However, there have been discontent to this requirement among designers claiming that the occupants cannot visually appreciate wooden materials in such structures. Read more
Midply Legally Positioned in PFC Building Code
The “Green Book” is the PFC structural calculation manual published by Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association. The Green Book is a key publication that the local building officials should refer to when they issue the building permits. Revision work has been underway for the Green Book and COFI is one of the editorial committee members. The upcoming manual revision includes how Midply should be designed in PFC buildings. According to schedule, the revised Green Book will be published in November 2018. Read more
Low-Rise Commercial Opportunities for Dimension Lumber
I recently had the opportunity to travel in Hokkaido to conduct market research on the possibility of Douglas Fir Larch J-Grade in Japan. With market research consultant Mr. Iida, I visited nine companies between July 23rd and 25th. Over the course of these meetings, I was also unexpectedly impressed by developing trends of 2×4 non-residential construction. The trends point to new possibilities for 2×4 building construction using of dimension lumber; specifically, in agricultural buildings such constructing livestock barns and warehouses. Read more
Non-Residential Starts June 2018
Between January and June, wooden non-residential starts totaled 9,056 units representing a total of 1,666,012m2 of total floor area. Translated into forest products demand, non-residential wood consumption is roughly estimated at just under 300,000m3 for the first six months of 2016. By segment, the top wood uses in non-residential construction were 1. Medical, Elderly Care & Welfare facilities (75,182m3); 2. Mixed residential & commercial (example: sushi shop on ground floor, residences above) 45,520m3; Read more
Japan Housing Starts Summary for June 2018
Overall housing market activity is showing signs of slowing over the second quarter. June total housing starts fell 7.1% to 81,275 units for the third consecutive monthly decline. The “mansion” condominium starts fell 36.2%, weighing down the overall average. However, owner-occupied and rental housing also registered single digit declines. Total wooden housing fell 3.1% to 46,283 starts. Post and beam housing was most resilient with a 1.8% decline to 35,031 units. Prefab wood housing fell 6.8% to 1,163 units. Platform frame housing fell 7.0% to 10,089 units. Read more
Celebrating 20 Years at COFI Japan!
On August 21st we took the opportunity at our COFI Shippers Meeting to present our Fumoto san with a Certificate of Appreciation for 20 years of service. Fumoto san has played a pivotal role on numerous technical initiatives and has consistently had Canada’s back in defending our market access interests. In June we also presented a 20 Year Certificate of Appreciation to another of our team veterans: Kevin Bews. Read more
Promoting Korea Super-E Standard influences duplex units
Recently I had an opportunity to visit a 2-storey duplex residential light wood frame construction site in Yong-in City, Gyeonggi-do. The first duplex was under construction and will be used for a show-house. A total of sixteen duplexes are slated to be built by the end of March 2019. This duplex housing complex project is run by Mr. Lee, a well known architect that coined the term ‘Peanut House’ in Korea. Interestingly Mr. Lee asked Canada Wood Korea to provide technical support to this project so that all duplexes could be officially registered to Canadian Super-E House. Once completed, this project will be the first Super-E duplex housing complex in Korea. Read more
Change in Korea Traditional Wood Frame Construction (Han-ok)
Junggoo Cho, President of GUGA Urban Architecture, who won the Excellence Prize at the Korean Architecture Award in 2017, is an architect who loves Korean traditional wood frame construction (Han-ok). In particular, he won many prizes at the Korea Wood Design Awards sponsored by Canada Wood.
The award-winning piece, ‘Tosan-ri Guest House’, is a masterpiece that expressed Han-ok in a modern that combines heavy and light timber construction. Constructed in Tosan-ri, Jeju, the place blessed with a beautiful view of nature, it made the best use of Han-ok is a harmonious structure because it blends in well with its surroundings. Read more
The Gifts: 5. Seoksu Pavilion in Anyang
“The Gifts” projects have been undertaken by the Design Research Innovation Lab at Inha University Department of Architecture since 2013 not only as part of an architectural experimentation but also as a social contribution. A series of pavilion projects for designated communities and abandoned areas in the city was carried out with the help of various donor groups. This year, “The Gift: 5” was implemented through the close collaboration of the Design Research and Innovation Lab, Canada Wood Korea, and the city representatives of Anyang, Korea. Read more
Seoul Hosts the 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering (2018 WCTE)
More than six hundred scholars, engineers, students and industry representatives from all over the world have gathered in Seoul for the participation in the 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering. The main events of the conference took place from August 20 to August 23, 2018 and technical excursions to explore the traditional and modern timber buildings and industry in Korea were held August 25.
WCTE is the one of the most important international forums for discussing and sharing the latest technical and architectural developments and innovations in wood engineering, wood structures and construction. Read more