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Exterior view from the main street
Detailed view of the exterior façade
View during the construction phase
View during the construction phase
December 2013
China
TEDA – Tianjin Apartment Project

Building the first four-storey, wood-frame residential buildings in Tianjin marks northern China’s growing recognition of Canadian wood-frame technology. Following the MOU agreement signed between the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), the construction of the TEDA-Tianjin Apartment Project began in late 2011. The project consists of two wood-frame apartment buildings totalling 6,000 square meters, and is located in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA), one of China’s most advanced and largest development zones.

During the construction phase, the wood structures were completed in less than half the amount of time it takes to construct a concrete building with the same dimensions. Aside from the cost efficient and time saving advantages wood has over other building materials, the low-carbon and environmentally friendly features of this project is in accord with the Chinese government’s ambitious strategy of making Tianjin a leading region for green building and urban design.

The TEDA – Tianjin Project is an impor tant milestone for WFC application in China. The possibility of building tall wood-frame structures exceeding the traditional three storey building code proves that wood is a safe and sustainable alternative to the incumbent structural materials used in urban China.