Minister Steve Thomson and 2015 Forestry Asia trade mission delegatesMinister Steve Thomson and 2015 Forestry Asia trade mission delegates visit Japan
Japan’s largest-ever wood building now under construction
Monday, November 30, 2015

Forestry trade mission delegates got a close-up look at how British Columbia’s wood product technology and building expertise is being used in a new elderly care facility in Tokyo, Japan...More

Forestry trade mission delegates got a close-up look at how British Columbia’s wood product technology and building expertise is being used in a new elderly care facility in Tokyo, Japan.

The Hanahata Asuakaen facility, once finished, will be the largest 2x4 structure ever built in Japan, with a total floor area of 9,032 square metres and a net wooden floor area of 7,580 square metres. The first floor of the five-storey hybrid structure is built of reinforced concrete and the top four floors use 2x4 construction. The building design calls for almost 1,900 cubic metres of wood.

In 2014, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism selected the Hanahata Asukaen facility as the winner of its 2014 design competition for innovative wooden buildings. The use of Midply shear wall construction was a determining factor in that decision.

Mitsui Home Co. Ltd. began construction in September 2015. When the facility is completed in August 2016, it will become home to 160 residents.

The building makes extensive use of the “Midply shear wall” construction system, which delivers high seismic performance and fireproofing qualities. The simple yet innovative building system was developed jointly by FP Innovations and the University of British Columbia.

Canada Wood Japan has been actively conducting technical development of Midply products in Japan since 2010, demonstrating its potential for constructing four-storey, five-storey and six-storey buildings in the country.

During the construction site tour, Thomson also presented a plaque to the Seifuukai Social Welfare Community for supporting environmentally sustainable, 2x4 mid-rise construction in Japan.

Trade missions are a critical part of British Columbia’s strategy to diversify its international trading partners and secure new investment, propelling economic activity and job creation throughout the province.

Read more>>

Hide
Minister Steve Thomson and 2015 Forestry Asia trade mission delegates visit Japan
Timber-frame house highlights hemlock’s strengths
Sunday, November 29, 2015

Heavy timbers made of high-quality British Columbian hemlock feature prominently in a spectacular wood frame home that Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve...More

Heavy timbers made of high-quality British Columbian hemlock feature prominently in a spectacular wood frame home that Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson and 2015 Forestry Asia trade mission delegates visited today in Tsukuba, Japan.

The house is reminiscent of a Canadian-style, heavy-timber home, making use of 8”x8” and 12”x12” coastal hemlock fir timber from British Columbia. Its design also incorporates a wide range of other Canadian building products, including windows, doors, flooring and fine cabinetry. Maple Homes K.K., the Japanese company that built this particular home builds up to 175 houses annually in Japan.

Marketed as “Canada Tsuga” in Japan, hemlock is often used for crafting components found in traditional Japanese post-and-beam houses. The wood’s superior strength and nail-holding abilities make it an ideal choice for this type of construction. It’s also popular because of its aesthetic beauty and its seismic-resistance qualities.

In recent years, structural engineers and architects have specified Canada Tsuga timbers throughout Japan in projects such as art galleries, kindergartens, libraries, elderly care residences and high-end residential homes.

With the Japanese government encouraging greater use of wood in new buildings, enhanced trade opportunities are being created for suppliers of heavy timbers for both residential and non-residential developments.

Trade missions are a critical part of British Columbia’s strategy to diversify its international trading partners and secure new investment, propelling economic activity and job creation throughout the province.

Read more>>

Hide
Minister Steve Thomson and 2015 Forestry Asia trade mission delegates visit Japan
2015 Forestry Asia Trade Mission set for Japan and China
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson will be leading a delegation of over 30 senior executives from B.C.’s forest companies and associations to Japan and...More

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson will be leading a delegation of over 30 senior executives from B.C.’s forest companies and associations to Japan and China from Nov. 27 to Dec. 5, 2015.

This will be Thomson’s fourth trade mission to China and Japan as forests minister. China and Japan are respectively B.C.’s second- and third- largest markets for softwood lumber products.

As part of a continued focus on expanding the use of wood-in construction overseas, site visits will include stops at wood construction and manufacturing facilities in Tokyo and Dalian (east of Beijing). Meetings are also planned with government officials and industry representatives in both Japan and China to promote the use of B.C. wood products in construction and manufacturing.

In Japan, Thomson will meet with industry leaders, attend the opening of the new BC Wood office and showroom and tour a five-storey, elderly care facility being built using an innovative building system developed in B.C., and constructed with wood products from British Columbia.

In China, delegates will speak at the Sino-Canada Wood Conference, and sign memorandums of understanding with the Shanghai Construction Centre and the Shanghai Science and Technology Committee. The delegation will also hold discussions with China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural Development to advance the use of wood in China’s green building efforts. Thomson will also sign a letter of intent with the Chinese Society for Urban Studies.

Developing and expanding markets for British Columbia’s goods and services are crucial pillars of the BC Jobs Plan. Trade missions are a critical part of B.C.’s strategy to strengthen and diversify international trade and secure new investment, which in turn drives economic activity and job creation throughout the province. Undertaking annual trade missions to Asia with forest industry representatives is one of Minister Thomson’s mandate letter commitments.

Read more>>

Hide
A rendering of the Tall Wood Building residence. Credit: Acton Ostry Architects
New UBC student residence to be among world’s tallest wood buildings
Thursday, October 1, 2015

One of the tallest wood buildings in the world will soon be constructed at UBC, providing housing for hundreds of students. When completed, the $51.5-million residence building will...More

One of the tallest wood buildings in the world will soon be constructed at UBC, providing housing for hundreds of students. When completed, the $51.5-million residence building will stand 53 metres tall (about 174 feet).

“This beautiful, new tall wood building will serve as a living laboratory for the UBC community,” said Martha Piper, interim president. “It will advance the university’s reputation as a hub of sustainable and innovative design, and provide our students with much-needed on-campus housing.”

Construction of the 18-storey tall wood student residence will begin later this fall, and the building is set to open in September 2017. It will house 404 students in 272 studios and 33 four-bedroom units, and feature study and social gathering spaces. There will also be a ground-floor lounge and study space for commuter students.

“This project shows that when it comes to building with wood, B.C.’s innovation can’t be beat,” said Steve Thomson, minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. “By taking advantage of new building technologies, we’re also expanding our markets for B.C. wood products – and supporting jobs in the forest sector.”

In addition to its primary function as a student residence, the building will serve as an academic site for students and researchers, who will be able to study and monitor its operations.

The tall wood building will consist of a mass timber superstructure atop a concrete base. Wood is a sustainable and versatile building material that stores, rather than emits, carbon dioxide. UBC aims for the building to achieve a minimum LEED Gold certification, a rating system that evaluates how environmentally friendly a structure is in its design and energy use.

UBC’s Student Housing and Hospitality Services, the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, Forestry Innovation Investment, Natural Resources Canada and B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations are contributing funding for the building.

Any additional costs related to design and construction have been funded through external sources. Students will pay the same for rent at the tall wood building compared to similar accommodations at other student residences on campus.

UBC Properties Trust is managing the project. The project’s architect, Vancouver’s Acton Ostry Architects, is working in collaboration with tall wood advisor Architekten Hermann Kaufmann from Austria. Fast + Epp, another local firm, is the structural engineer.

Hide
Photo Credit: BC Wood
Minister Thomson addresses Global Wood Buyers
Thursday, September 24, 2015

At the Global Buyers Mission (GBM), held in Whistler, September 10 – 12, 2015, wood buyers from around the world came together with Canadian manufacturers of wood products at industry...More

At the Global Buyers Mission (GBM), held in Whistler, September 10 – 12, 2015, wood buyers from around the world came together with Canadian manufacturers of wood products at industry events and a tradeshow.

On hand to welcome delegates and officially open the GBM, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson also announced a $2.2 million investment in the Government of B.C.’s Wood First program.

The funding will be used to help advance innovative wood-building systems and value-added wood products, as well as promote wood use in B.C. in order to showcase B.C. wood products and expertise to international markets.

“Product innovation and value-added processing is generating more value for British Columbians from each tree harvested, ensuring that B.C.’s forest sector continues to be a leading contributor to the B.C. economy,” said Thomson.

Delegates were encouraged to visit a wide range of manufacturers and the naturally:wood resource centre to learn about B.C. wood species and sustainable forests in addition to product manufacturing and building innovations in British Columbia.

The Wood First program and naturally:wood are managed by Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd., the province’s market development agency for forest products. The Global Buyers Mission is organized by BC Wood, a not-for-profit trade association that represents B.C.’s value-added wood sector.

Hide
B.C. invests $2.2 million to promote new uses for wood
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The B.C. government is investing $2.2 million in the Wood First program to promote the use of B.C. wood both locally and internationally, and help advance innovative wood-building...More

The B.C. government is investing $2.2 million in the Wood First program to promote the use of B.C. wood both locally and internationally, and help advance innovative wood-building systems and value-added wood products.

The funding is being awarded to six industry trade associations and institutions with proven records in research, development and marketing of wood products and skills training to carry out Wood First activities. They include:

BC Wood Specialties Group – $558,910

Canadian Wood Council – $770,109

University of British Columbia – Centre for Advanced Wood Processing – $359,166

University of British Columbia – Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability – $65,000

FPInnovations – $428,928

Design Build Research Institute – $51,762

Funding from the Province will be supplemented with additional funds provided by industry.

Wood First is focused on advancing the use of wood in B.C. Since the program was launched in 2009, wood use in the mid-rise and non-residential construction sectors is increasing and recognition of wood as a preferred building material continues to grow. A recent survey of B.C. engineers, architects and builders confirmed that 40% are increasing the use of structural wood and 77% believe B.C. is well positioned to export its products and knowledge.

Building taller and larger with wood has also become more popular due to new innovative design and building methods. The Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, opened in October 2014, is now the largest contemporary wood structure in North America at 29.5 metres high.

The Wood First program is managed by Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd., the province’s market development agency for forest products.

This announcement is another step toward fulfilling the BC Jobs Plan commitment to develop local and international markets for B.C. forest products to spur economic activity and job creation throughout the province.

To keep B.C.’s economy diverse, strong and growing, since September 2011 the BC Jobs Plan has been building on the strengths of our province’s most competitive sectors utilizing our educated and skilled workforce.

Quotes:

Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat –

“B.C. is known around the world as a supplier of world-class, environmentally friendly forest products. We are proud to invest in the future of B.C.’s forestry industry by supporting organizations in their effort to develop wood product innovations for domestic and international markets. These innovations will be especially attractive for priority markets in Asia, the U.S. and emerging markets in Southeast Asia and India.”

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson – “Product innovation and value-added processing is generating more value for British Columbians from each tree harvested, ensuring that B.C.’s forest sector continues to be a leading contributor to the B.C. economy.”

Iain Macdonald, managing director, University of British Columbia Centre for Advanced Wood Processing –
“The Wood First Program is playing a key role in advancing B.C.’s wood products industry by building new business and technical capacities in companies, transferring leading-edge technologies and practices, and connecting partners along the supply chain to exploit new market opportunities. B.C.’s future as a leader in advanced timber construction has never looked brighter.”

John Gillis, chairman, BC Wood Specialties Group – “The Wood First Program has been instrumental in positioning wood as preferred building material and British Columbia as a global leader in wood use and innovation. The capacity building programs, which are a part of Wood First, have made B.C.’s value-added wood products manufacturers stronger and better able to compete in global markets.”

Quick Facts:

B.C.’s total forestry GDP reached $7 billion in 2014 and the sector continue to represent one of the province’s top economic engines.

Employment figures in the forestry sector have recovered from the low of 50,400 in 2009, with 60,700 direct jobs today.

Forestry represents the largest export category in the province, accounting for 36% of commodities exports in 2014, up 5% since 2011.

Wood has the smallest environmental footprint of all building products and is much less greenhouse gas intensive on a life-cycle basis than other building materials.

B.C. has more forest certified by third-party organizations than any other region in the world, other than Canada as a whole.

 

Read the backgrounder >>

Hide
B.C. Korea Trade and Investment Forum, June 2015
Minister Thomson moderates panel session
Thursday, July 16, 2015

The B.C. Korea Trade & Investment Forum, held June 23-24 in Burnaby B.C., was an opportunity for Canadian and Korean government and business representatives to explore opportunities...More

The B.C. Korea Trade & Investment Forum, held June 23-24 in Burnaby B.C., was an opportunity for Canadian and Korean government and business representatives to explore opportunities to strengthen trade and investment.

Following the ratification of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement in January, the occasion showed commitment on both sides to achieve new levels of cooperation than in previous years, this being Canada’s first free-trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region.

Representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, and delegates from the natural resource, power, bioenergy, and technology industries participated in networking events and panel discussions, with the intent to gain insight into and capitalize on the Agreement.

The Agreement’s positive effects on the forest and wood products industries was explored in a dedicated panel session, emceed by FII’s Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO, Michael Loseth, and moderated by the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the Honourable Steve Thomson.

Discussion highlights included the elimination of tariffs on lumber and value-added products, as well as the high demand in Korea for environmentally friendly wood products. Industry experts spoke to challenges surrounding the Agreement, including the 5-10 year time span required to totally eliminate tariffs on value-added products.

South Korea is already B.C.’s fourth-largest trading partner and export destination. The Government of Canada estimates the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement will increase exports to South Korea by 32 per cent.

Hide
Minister Wat meets with Sichuan Vice Governor Huang Yanrong
Minister Wat meets with Sichuan Vice Governor
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

On June 26, 2015, Forestry Innovation Investment, the B.C. Ministry of International Trade and the University of British Columbia hosted a delegation from China’s Sichuan Province, led...More

On June 26, 2015, Forestry Innovation Investment, the B.C. Ministry of International Trade and the University of British Columbia hosted a delegation from China’s Sichuan Province, led by Vice Governor Huang Yanrong. Responsible for leading construction, education and tourism efforts in Sichuan, the delegation visited B.C. to explore the application of B.C. wood and low carbon wood construction technologies, and to develop cooperative relationships by exchanging information with various entities in B.C.

The Vice Governor was accompanied by the Chief Planner of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Sichuan, as well as the Vice President of the International Technology and Education Institute, Sichuan College of Architectural Technology.

Following a tour of the Richmond Oval, the Vice Governor met with the Minister of International Trade, Teresa Wat to discuss opportunities for increased engagement between the two provinces.

The day’s events concluded with a tour of UBC's Earth Sciences Building and a presentation by Alberto Cayuela, Director of Operations and Business Development at UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability.

Hide
Minister Thomson announces $6.2 million in funding
Friday, April 10, 2015

PRINCE GEORGE - The Government of British Columbia announced today that it is investing $6.2 million to support the forest sector in expanding global markets for B.C. wood products....More

PRINCE GEORGE - The Government of British Columbia announced today that it is investing $6.2 million to support the forest sector in expanding global markets for B.C. wood products.

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson made the announcement on behalf of International Trade Minister Teresa Wat, while attending the Council of Forest Industries annual meeting in Prince George.

Read more>>

Hide
Round table participants
Round table participants
Round table participants
Round table participants
Wuhan Wood Frame Construction Technology Round Table
Monday, March 30, 2015

FII China and The Canadian Trade Office in Wuhan collaboratively organized a “Modern Wood Frame Construction Technology Round table” and a New Year stakeholder Appreciation Reception in...More

FII China and The Canadian Trade Office in Wuhan collaboratively organized a “Modern Wood Frame Construction Technology Round table” and a New Year stakeholder Appreciation Reception in Wuhan on March 30th, 2015. This is the first time that such a round table took place in Wuhan with the goal of making more inroads for wood frame construction technology into the Hubei construction market.

The Hubei MOHURD Vice-Minister Mr. Xu Wujian, The Wuhan Construction Committee Director of New Technology department Mr. Xu Haiqing, and 15 representatives from major developer and designer firms attended the round table. Consul and senior trade commissioner Mr. Jason Walsh from the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai, and consulate and Wuhan trade office staff were also in attendance of the event.

FII China’s technical marketing Director Benjamin Zhuang and Structural Engineer Reed Kelterborn conducted presentations that gave an overview of Canadian Wood Frame construction technology, its design features, its development and applications in China and its achievements in foreign countries.

The guests were highly engaged during the two hours round table, and numerous questions with regards to codes and standards, fire safety, government policy, moisture control among others were posed during the Q and A session, that ran overtime into the evening reception.

Subsequent meetings with the Wuhan planning Bureau, the Hubei MOHURD attended by Minister Yin, the Wuhan Construction Committee, as well as the Rui’an group were organized to deepen discussions and seek opportunities for cooperation.

Hubei is FII China’s next strategic development region with respect to Government Relations and Business Development, FII China will hereafter work closely with local government departments and the Canadian Trade Office in Wuhan, as well as prospective developers to explore wood frame building solutions catered towards Hubei’s construction needs.

Hide
Delhiwood, February 2015
B.C. profile high at Indian trade event
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FII India hosted the largest ever delegation of industry representatives to the Delhiwood trade event in February 2015.  26 industry participants joined the FII team at the premier wood...More

FII India hosted the largest ever delegation of industry representatives to the Delhiwood trade event in February 2015.  26 industry participants joined the FII team at the premier wood trade show in New Delhi and several new commercial relationships were established with Indian buyers.  An extended mission included tours of manufacturing facilities and networking events with buyers, architects and key influencers to spread the word about B.C. wood products. The show and mission program generated significant media buzz in India continuing to build the profile of B.C. coniferous species in the market.  FII India partnered with the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi, Natural Resources Canada, and BC Wood Specialties Group, to create the Canada Pavilion at Delhiwood.

 

Hide
Canada builds new disability rehab centre in Japan
Thursday, February 12, 2015

IWAKI CITY, FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE, JAPAN – A newly opened multi-purpose rehabilitation centre will serve disabled individuals living in the Tohoku region in Japan thanks to the Canada-...More

IWAKI CITY, FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE, JAPAN – A newly opened multi-purpose rehabilitation centre will serve disabled individuals living in the Tohoku region in Japan thanks to the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project.

The Jericho Support Centre will provide rehabilitation and life skills training services for individuals with physical and mental disabilities. Following the devastating Great Eastern Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami of 2011, nearly 1,000 disabled children and adult patients were evacuated from the nuclear exclusion zone and tsunami-hit communities.

“Canadians can be proud of our nation’s support for this project, which is part of a larger humanitarian effort,” said Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “The centre is providing rehabilitation and training services for children with physical and mental disabilities in the Tohoku region, and will serve as an enduring symbol of Canada’s support for Japan following the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.”

Read more >>

PDF of entire article

Hide
Various guests at the Dream Home Canada Demonstration Centre
FII China and Canada Wood China directors talking to various guests
Canada Wood Group Chairman Rick Jeffery gives an opening remark
FII COO Michael Loseth gives an opening remark
Dr. Xu Qiang, the Chief Engineer of the Shanghai Institute of Building Sciences giving the keynote presentation
Mr. Xu Shiliang, the senior Director of the Shanghai Housing Bureau gives an opening remark
COFI Executive Director Paul Newman and various guests attending the keynote presentation
Chinese New Year Stakeholders Appreciation Gala
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

FII China and Canada Wood China jointly organized a Chinese New Year Stakeholder Appreciation Gala on Feb 10th, 2015. Attendees included government officials, real estate developers,...More

FII China and Canada Wood China jointly organized a Chinese New Year Stakeholder Appreciation Gala on Feb 10th, 2015. Attendees included government officials, real estate developers, architects, people in academia and other guests.  

This year, FII China and Canada Wood China announced their plans of closer collaboration on a collective China strategy, and the stakeholder gala is the first event organized under this new framework. The event demonstrated the commitment between the two organizations to work alongside each other in a seamless manner.

Also in attendance were four executives from CW and FII namely Michael Loseth, Rick Jeffery, Paul Newman, and Barry Ford, and representatives from the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai. 

Mr. Loseth and Mr. Jeffery opened the gala with speeches that highlighted the significance of the collective China strategy, and reiterated British Columbia government’s and the forest industry’s commitment to the Chinese market.

Mr. Xu Shiliang, the senior Director of the Shanghai Housing Bureau also extended his appreciation for FII China’s long term cooperation with Shanghai Construction Authorities. FII China and the Shanghai Construction Authorities have collaborated on promoting and implementing innovative green building wood frame construction technologies in Shanghai.

Dr. Xu Qiang, the Chief Engineer of the Shanghai Institute of Building Sciences was invited to give a keynote presentation on the future of Green Building Real Estate and the role of wood frame construction in this field.

FII China and Canada Wood China are committed to working ever closer together, and look forward to making greater inroads within the China market in the years to come. 

Hide
FII Structural Engineer Reed Kelterborn giving a presentation
Landsea Group Seminar
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Canadian Consulate in Shanghai hosted a seminar on Green Building technology in cooperation with Landsea Group. The event took place at Landsea Group’s office in Shanghai and was...More

The Canadian Consulate in Shanghai hosted a seminar on Green Building technology in cooperation with Landsea Group. The event took place at Landsea Group’s office in Shanghai and was attended by 40 people. Attendees included local and foreign design professionals, product suppliers, and consulate staff. Seminar attendees gave a total of 11 presentations.  

FII China was invited by the Canadian Consulate to speak about the incorporation of Wood Frame Construction in Green Buildings. A presentation, approximately 20 minutes in length, was given by FII.  The presentation included the basic concepts of light wood and heavy timber construction, and the environmental benefits of building with wood, and illustrated UBC’s Earth Science Building as a case study for wood frame construction in a large scale Green Building project. Canada Wood Group also presented topics related to future trends in Wood Frame Construction. This included the development of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), high strength connection technology, and the feasibility of high rise wood buildings. The research and development of Canadian wood codes and standards was also discussed. 

Presentations by B+H Architects, Landsea Design institute, and China Academy of Building Research indicated a strong commitment to Green Building Technology. These firms also appeared to be interested in developing future green building projects.  

Hide
Panel experts
Panel experts
Panel experts
Panel experts
Sanlin Security Housing Roundtable on Wood Frame Technical Assessment
Thursday, December 11, 2014

FII China and the Shanghai Housing Bureau assigned the Shanghai Science Technology and Construction Commission to conduct a technical assessment expert panel review on the Sanlin...More

FII China and the Shanghai Housing Bureau assigned the Shanghai Science Technology and Construction Commission to conduct a technical assessment expert panel review on the Sanlin Security Housing Wood Frame Construction demonstration project. The review took place on December 11, 2014 at the Shanghai Technology and Construction Commission building.

A group of 11 experts from government construction departments, the fire bureau, research institutions, educational institutions, and enterprises who specializes in such areas as construction materials, cost, fire prevention, construction code, green building, PC housing, architectural design, structural design, construction policy among others were invited to give their comments and recommendations on the Sanlin wood frame project and the technology’s future development direction in the Yangtze Delta region. 

Dr. Gao Chengyong, Chief Engineer of Xiandai Architectural Design firm, who was also responsible for putting together the Shanghai Local Code for Wood frame construction (Technical Specification for Wood Frame Construction) Chaired the review discussion.  

Representatives from the project’s General Constructor, Architectural and Structural Design Firm, Design Review and inspection, as well as builder, were also invited to attend the session and answer experts’ questions and take in their suggestions for future implementation. Experts from Canada Wood China were also invited to answer to questions related to the Shanghai Local code specification. 

The Sanlin Wood Frame project is a significant demonstration effort between FII China and Shanghai Housing Bureau that showcases three localized wood frame technologies as highlights, namely one concrete storey + three wood frame storey hybrid solution, wood frame panel wall interior partition wall system, and wood trusses on new buildings.  

Understanding the mission and objectives set out for the project, panel experts each gave very honest opinions and suggestions for its development including advantages, disadvantages, points for improvement, and future development direction.

Points that are especially practical for the China team includes how better to align with current government Policies, as well as making the design, fire and construction inspection process more smooth so as to enhance technological acceptance by relevant construction supervision departments. 

The Sanlin affordable housing wood frame construction project is the biggest in scale, most localized in building solution, highest in construction standards, among demonstration initiatives in China. The team’s mission next year is to make full use of its demonstration features for further commercialization and examine their market viability from market and stakeholder feedback. 

Hide