Mission delegates meet with counterparts in Nanjing, Jiangsu province during the 2016 mission to Asia.
Prefabricated wood project highlights final leg of Asia trade mission
Monday, December 5, 2016

The 2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission has come to an end following three stops in Nanjing in Jiangsu Province.

The first stop was a meeting with Jiangsu Province’s Minister of...More

The 2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission has come to an end following three stops in Nanjing in Jiangsu Province.

The first stop was a meeting with Jiangsu Province’s Minister of Housing Urban and Rural Development to discuss progress on a memorandum of understanding that Thomson signed with the minister in 2014. The agreement includes enhanced co-operation and communication between the two governments, and commitments to research opportunities and locations for wood-frame construction in Jiangsu Province.

Building on the successful re-roofing initiatives in the Jiangsu cities of Nanjing and Zhenjiang, the two ministers discussed the potential for wood infill wall systems. A wood infill wall is a standard wall made from 2X6s and drywall, and installed between concrete floors, ceilings and pillars. About 21,600 households have benefited from the wood truss re-roofing projects.

Green building and construction industrialization, such as prefabrication, are two trends driving China’s construction sector, along with the development of regulations and policies that include ambitious targets of increasing prefabrication construction to 30% over the next 10 years.

The use of the new wall system was showcased during a site visit to Nanjing Middle School of Vocational Studies – the first commercialized project for wood infill walls. The wood infill wall is used in the school’s office building, which has a total wall area of 1,000 square metres. This trial project will allow for further study on the commercial viability of interior partition wall applications in Jiangsu.

Scheduled for completion in early winter, the school will leave a portion of the wood components visible to showcase the green building technology used in its construction and to promote wood as an environmentally friendly alternative to China’s traditional construction materials of steel and concrete.

Trade mission delegates also visited Nanjing Tech University, where they discussed potential long-term opportunities in China in the field of mass timber construction, learned about research being conducted for hybrid construction and helped promote the university’s wood research program. Delegates also used the University of British Columbia’s 18-storey Brock Commons and the six-storey Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George as examples to strengthen British Columbia’s image as a leader in mass timber and tall wood construction.

Trade missions are an important part of British Columbia’s international engagement strategy to support economic growth in priority sectors as well as BC Jobs Plan objectives. Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province’s goal of a diverse, globally competitive forest industry, outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

For more information please visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/2016-forestry-trade-mission-to-asia

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John Kozij (NRCan) address the audience at the China-Canada Roundtable on Illegal Logging
China-Canada Roundtable on Illegal Logging
Friday, December 2, 2016

Canadian and provincial government representatives and delegates from the Canadian forest sector met today with China’s State Forestry Administration and Chinese industry officials to...More

Canadian and provincial government representatives and delegates from the Canadian forest sector met today with China’s State Forestry Administration and Chinese industry officials to advance discussion around sustainable forest management practices during the China-Canada Roundtable on Illegal Logging in Beijing.

Organized jointly by Natural Resources Canada and China’s State Forestry Administration, the roundtable was officially opened by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson as part of the 2016 Asia Trade Mission. During the roundtable, the Canadian delegation made presentations regarding Canadian government policy on combating illegal logging and its trade, Canadian industry practices to ensure sustainability, legality and traceability, and forest governance across Canadian jurisdictions. Thomson’s remarks to start the conference specifically noted British Columbia’s track record for producing legal and sustainable forest products.

In addition to the Chinese industry’s view and actions on responsible forest product trade, the Chinese delegation provided a summary and expected outcomes of recent policies announced by the central government, encouraging the use of wood in construction. They also provided context for how these policies align with the Chinese government’s top priorities of reducing carbon emissions, tackling climate change, and resource and energy conservation.

Representatives from non-governmental organizations in attendance gave presentations on their support for China in its efforts to promote legal trade and to combat illegal logging and its trade.

Canada is the world leader in sustainable forest certification, with more than 40% of the world’s third-party certified forests equal to 166 million hectares certified to one of three international standards. British Columbia alone has 52 million hectares certified to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards, more than any other jurisdiction in the world apart from Canada as a whole.

Trade missions are an important part of British Columbia’s international engagement strategy to support economic growth in priority sectors as well as BC Jobs Plan objectives. Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province’s goal of a diverse, globally competitive forest industry, outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

For more information please visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/2016-forestry-trade-mission-to-asia

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This year’s competition was co-organized by Tongji University and Canada Wood China
Sino-Canada Wood Conference explores green building, recognizes competition winners
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A mix of 250 importers, distributors, builders, developers, designers and architects were on hand as Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Steve Thomson welcomed delegates to the...More

A mix of 250 importers, distributors, builders, developers, designers and architects were on hand as Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Steve Thomson welcomed delegates to the second-annual Sino-Canada Wood Conference in Shanghai.

The conference, with its theme of “Wood products for a greener future”, featured speakers discussing topics that include China’s forest policies, wood supply outlook and competitive landscape, how Canada is positioned to meet China’s demand for wood products, industrialization of wood construction and how sustainable wood products provide an environmentally friendly option for building demands, including for mid-rise and tall wood projects.

Some of the 2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates participated in an industry panel on topics affecting the Chinese wood industry. The panel was moderated by Council of Forest Industries president and CEO Susan Yurkovich.

Among those in attendance at the conference were 50 professors and students involved in the first annual Chinese University Timber Structure Competition for which Thomson presented the top prize. The competition challenges architecture and engineering students from timber design courses at eight Chinese universities to apply their knowledge in a hands-on wood design project. The projects encourage students to continue pursuing an interest in wood design and to translate it into a career to help fill China’s deficit of qualified wood designers.

This year’s competition was co-organized by Tongji University and Canada Wood China. The eight-week Timber Engineering Course at Tongji University is taught to senior engineering students. The University of British Columbia, led by Professor Frank Lam, was instrumental in helping with the creation of the course, including training of the Chinese professors involved and with participation in teaching. Approximately 80 students registered for the course in its first year in 2003 and it has since grown to more than 400 students annually, making it one of the largest timber engineering courses in the world.

Conference partners and supporters include the Shanghai Ministry of Housing Urban-Rural Development, the Shanghai Wood Industry Association, the China Timber & Wood Products Distribution Association, the China National Furniture Association and the Canadian Embassy.

Trade missions are an important part of British Columbia’s international engagement strategy to support economic growth in priority sectors as well as BC Jobs Plan objectives. Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province’s goal of a diverse, globally competitive forest industry, outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

For more information please visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/2016-forestry-trade-mission-to-asia

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Minister Thomson tours a six-storey 2x4 demonstration project and a two-storey cross-laminated timber test house in Tsukuba, Japan.
New opportunities open up in Japan for building with wood
Monday, November 28, 2016

Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates have a better understanding of trends, priorities and Japanese market opportunities for British Columbia wood products after touring a six-storey,...More

Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates have a better understanding of trends, priorities and Japanese market opportunities for British Columbia wood products after touring a six-storey, 2x4 demonstration project and two-storey cross-laminated timber test house in Tsukuba, Japan, just outside Tokyo.

The projects are located at the Building Research Institute, Japan’s leading government research organization focused on housing, building and urban planning. The institute has an extensive history of joint research and development with foreign organizations, including programs with the University of British Columbia, FPInnovations and Canada Wood.

Completed in March 2016, the six-storey, 2x4 demonstration project (funded by the Japanese government) shows the viability of six-storey, 2x4, mid-rise structures made entirely from wood by incorporating “fireproof” features. This is the first building to achieve Japan’s two-hour fire-resistive standard for wood construction. Over 1,000 building professionals have visited the project since its completion.

Previously, 2x4 buildings were limited to four floors in wood or four floors in wood atop one floor with reinforced concrete in Japan. However, with achieving a new two-hour fireproof standard, 2x4 buildings can be built as high as six storeys in wood. The demonstration project is the first to incorporate these fireproof features as well as various innovative wall/floor components such as double-midply wall system, I-joists, parallel chord floor trusses and cross-laminated timber floors.

The two-storey cross-laminated timber test house is next to the 2x4 demonstration project and is meant to advance cross-laminated timber construction in Japan. The 130-square-metre test house is constructed from two-metre wide by six-metre long cross-laminated panels made from Japanese Sugi.

Both projects will be equipped with sensors that measure a variety of performance indicators such as durability, energy efficiency and seismic resistance.

Trade missions are an important part of British Columbia’s international engagement strategy to support economic growth in priority sectors as well as BC Jobs Plan objectives. Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province’s goal of a diverse, globally competitive forest industry, as outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

For more on the trade mission visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/2016-forestry-trade-mission-to-asia

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