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Steve Thomspon, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; Wenhao Jin, FII China; Ben Stewart, B.C. Special Representative in Asia; and Don Kayne, CEO Canfor address MOHURD officials during the October 2014 forest sector mission to Asia.
Steve Thomspon, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; Wenhao Jin, FII China; Ben Stewart, B.C. Special Representative in Asia; and Don Kayne, CEO Canfor address MOHURD officials during the October 2014 forest sector mission to Asia.
September 2015
China
Wood receives official recognition as a modern, green building material

On September 1, 2015, the “Action Plan to Promote Green Building Materials Production and Building Applications (Action Plan)” circular (circular No. 2015-309) was jointly issued by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Development (MOHURD). The circular was distributed to all MOHURD departments at provincial and municipal levels and calls for the strict implementation and development of green building and green building materials according to the action items outlined in the Action Plan.

The inclusion of the development of wood structures in the circular marks a significant step in the development of relevant wood construction policies in China, a key goal of the joint FII and Canada Wood effort in China. The Action Plan represents the first time China’s Ministry circular has included wood in its policy action plans, signifying to all relevant construction departments at the national level and below, the need to support the development of wood construction technologies.