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2017

January 2017China
Demonstration project highlights potential of concrete-wood hybrid buildings in China

Canada Wood China is currently working with a precast concrete manufacturer, Truslink, to construct a two-storey, 150m2 demonstration project at the entrance of the company’s factory.

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2016

December 2016China
Canada Wood China signs MOU to support eco-district demonstration project

On December 1, 2016 Canada Wood China signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BSD-TEDA—a joint venture between the Beijing Science Park Development (BSD) and the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA)—on the research, development and application of prefabricated non-load bearing Energy Efficient Wood Wall technology.

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November 2016China
Senior executives from B.C. forest industry participate in trade mission to China and Japan

More than 25 senior executives from B.C. forest companies and associations participated in a trade mission to China and Japan from November 24–December 3, 2016.

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China prefabrication trial
November 2016China
Wood’s prefabrication potential highlighted in commercial trials

A 100-unit townhouse project in Tianjin is part of China’s first, largescale, community-sized demonstration area for wood in construction.

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Canada Wood China helps developer
August 2016China
Canada Wood China helps developer choose and use wood in major residential project

In June, 2016, construction began on a 1.3 million m2 commercial residential project in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province. The project includes 115 concrete townhouses featuring wood truss roofs, which will use more than 2,000 m3 of Canadian SPF.

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July 2016China
China introduces tall wood building code

After receiving support from Canada Wood China, in February 2017, China’s Ministry of Housing and UrbanRural Development issued a new standard for multistorey and high-rise timber buildings (the new code will take effect on October 1, 2017).

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Development of the 5-Year Joint Work Plan
March 2016China
Development of the 5-Year Joint Work Plan

Following the MOU signing between the Province of B.C., the Government of Canada and MOHURD, a Joint Work Plan was prepared in line with the principles set forth in the MOU.

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March 2016China
Green Building Conference and Trade Show enhances visibility for Canadian wood products

In March, 2016 China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) organized the 12th annual Green Building Conference and Trade Show in Beijing. The event offered Canada Wood China the opportunity to raise the profile of Canadian wood and wood construction.

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2015

FII and Canada Wood sign MOUs with the Shanghai Science and Technology Committee of Shanghai’s MOHURD and the Shanghai Construction and Development Centre
December 2015China
FII and Canada Wood sign MOUs with the Shanghai Science and Technology Committee of Shanghai’s MOHURD and the Shanghai Construction and Development Centre

Canada Wood China and the Shanghai Science and Technology Committee of Shanghai’s MOHURD signed an MOU on promoting application and development of wood construction technology as a green building solution. A second MOU was signed between FII, Canada Wood and the Shanghai Construction and Development Centre.

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2015 Sino-Canada Wood Conference
December 2015China
2015 Sino-Canada Wood Conference

Canada Wood China organized the inaugural Sino-Canada Wood Conference in Beijing, leveraging the rare collective in-market presence of Minister Thomson and Canadian forestry executives to provide the Chinese industry with insights directly from Canadian forestry leaders.

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Minister Thomson and Ambassador Guy Saint Jacque sign MOU with China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development
November 2015China
Minister Thomson and Ambassador Guy Saint Jacque sign MOU with China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development

B.C. and Canada renewed the original five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with MOHURD strengthening all three governments’ commitment to developing wood-frame construction as a preferred building system in China.

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2015 Forest Sector Trade Mission to Asia – China
November 2015China
2015 Forest Sector Trade Mission to Asia – China

The annual forest sector trade mission to Asia, led by B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson, took place from November 29 – December 5, 2015.

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Chinese government policies increasingly favour wood
October 2015China
Chinese government policies increasingly favour wood

Significant advancements were made in 2015/16 with respect to Chinese government policies that favour wood and wood construction. These policies not only signal government priorities related to construction opportunities for wood, but also direct lower levels of government to act on these policies. Canada Wood China’s market development priorities continue to align with those of China’s central government.

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September 2015China
Wood construction prospers in China's tourism real estate sector

Tourism development continues to be a growing construction sector in China. It is also a natural fit for wood. New tourism construction frequently caters to the demand for urban escapes, in the mountains, near lakes or close to beaches.

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Shanghai Housing Bureau visits Canada to learn about wood construction technology
September 2015China
Shanghai Housing Bureau visits Canada to learn about wood construction technology

In September 2015, a delegation from the Shanghai Housing Bureau visited Canada to learn more about wood-frame construction technology in public housing applications, particularly senior homes and schools.

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September 2015China
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).

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August 2015China
Zhejiang Province Visits B.C.

In August 2015, a delegation of senior officials from Zhejiang’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) travelled to B.C. to increase their understanding of how wood-frame construction can assist the province to meet its objectives in the areas of building energy efficiency, building quality and safety, and affordable housing.

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June 2015China
Minister Wat meets with Sichuan Vice-Governor

On June 26, 2015, FII and the B.C. Ministry of International Trade 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 Vice-Governor visited B.C. to explore the application of B.C. wood and low carbon wood construction technologies, and to discuss other opportunities for increased engagement between the two provinces.

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June 2015China
FII China and Canada Wood China help China “build green” with B.C. wood

“Yu Ling Long” (Royal Crystal Garden) is a multiple building complex being constructed on commercial terms by Chinese developer Crown Homes.

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2014

October 2014China
B.C. used in Xiang Shang Art Exhibition Hall, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province

With technical support from Canada Wood Group, developers in China are designing innovative structures that take advantage of the strength and versatility of B.C. wood species. 

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October 2014China
Jiangsu MOU Enhances Co-operation

In October 2014, Jiangsu Province signed an MOU with the province of B.C. to increase the use of wood in construction. 

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June 2014China
Qibao Middle School wood infill wall project

One innovative application of wood frame technology is the use of wood in non–bearing infill partition walls. Under a formal cooperation agreement between FII China and the Minhang District Housing Bureau in Shanghai, a demonstration project was successfully completed during the first quarter of 2014/15.

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April 2014China
B.C. wood species featured Suzhou Xuhong Timber Arch Bridge

Canada Wood China provided technical support to the developers of Suzhou Xuhong Timber Arch Bridge in Jiangsu Province. Canada Wood technical input allowed the developers to incorporate SPF lumber from B.C. with European glulam to create a stunning and innovative structure.

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2013

December 2013China
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...

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September 2013China
Wood frame construction technical expertise provided to China’s largest developers

With technical support from FII China and CWG, Vanke, China’s largest developer, completed another significant wood frame project in the city of Qingdao.

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June 2013China
Improving the quality of wood frame buildings

FII China and CWG signed an agreement to assist Shanghai-based and state-owned Shanghai Industrial Investment Company (SIIC) with design, technical and wood frame construction quality support.

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March 2013China
Jinqiao Townhouse Project

The Jinqiao Townhouse Project is the first of its kind in China: an all wood frame multistorey, multi-family complex that does not require the same amount of space as a traditional single family home. Located in Shanghai’s Pudong New District, the project is part of “Green City” concept envisioned by its developers.

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January 2013China
Sanlin Affordable Housing Project

The Sanlin Affordable Housing Project consists of three wood-frame public buildings located at the heart of the largest affordable housing community in Shanghai. The 6,915 square metres Administrative Building, a 3,360 square meter Cultural Activities Centre, and a 10,700 square meter Community Services Centre are a part of an expansive, low-cost housing projects in China that uses Canadian wood-frame construction technology.

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2012

April 2012China
Hebei Building Science Research Centre Project

The government of Hebei Province and the Government of British Columbia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on July 8, 2010 to build a cooperative wood frame demonstration project in the capital of Shijiazhuang.

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February 2012China
The WFCT - China’s first wood frame construction association

Under the auspices of the Joint Working Committee of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), CWG and FII China helped establish the China Modern Wood Frame Construction Technology Industry Association in 2012.

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2011

September 2011China
Qingbaijiang Market Street Project

The Qingbaijiang Market Street Project is a three-storey, wood-frame building that consists of retail shops on the ground floor and houses the Qingbaijiang Grammar School on the upper two floors.

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July 2011China
Beichuan Leigu Town Elderly Care Centre

Before it was destroyed by the earthquake, the Leigu Town Elderly Care Centre in Beichuan County used to provide accommodations for 75 elderly people who did not have children to depend on.

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2010

November 2010China
The 2010 Vancouver Pavilion

In accordance with the 2010 Shanghai World EXPO theme of “Better City, Better Life”, the Vancouver Pavilion demonstrated to more than 700,000 visitors the full transformative potential of embracing sustainable urbanization as a strategy for city building.

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February 2010China
Mianyang Special School for the Disabled

The Mianyang Municipality is another area that has seen immense destruction during the earthquake, and left more than 13,000 children and adults permanently disabled. In order to help these victims, the second Canada-B.C. Wenchuan Earthquake Reconstruction Project focuses in building a home for disabled survivors.  

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2009

October 2009China
Hebei Province Roof Renovation Project

In 2009, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) of Hebei Province signed a cooperative agreement with FII China on the application and promotion of modern wood frame technology. 

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April 2009China
Qingdao Zhongshan Park B.C. Wood Frame Landscaping Demonstration Project

In 2009, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) of Hebei Province signed a cooperative agreement with FII China on the application and promotion of modern wood frame technology. 

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March 2009China
Dujiangyan Xiang’E Primary School

Located in the suburban area of Dujiangyan City, the Xiang’E Primary School was completely destroyed during the 2008 earthquake, and claimed the lives of its students and teachers. The rebuilding of the Dujiangyan Xiang’E Primary School began in December 2008, and it was the first building completed under the Canada-B.C. Wenchuan Earthquake Reconstruction Program.

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2007

December 2007China
Nanjing and Shanghai Roof Renovation Projects

Wood truss roof renovati ons initiatives in Shanghai proved wood frame structures to be a practical, cost competitive solution to roof renovations for old low-rise concrete buildings in C hina. 

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November 2007China
Dream Home Canada Villas (Villa B)

The DHC Villas comprise the second phase of the demonstration site. VIlla B currently serves as the auxilliary offices for Canada Wood China.

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July 2007China
Dream Home Canada Villas (Villa A)

The DHC Villas comprise the second phase of the demonstration site. Designed to demonstrate the benefits of wood frame construction and features favoured by Chinese consumers, the two villas opened in January 2007 on the plot of land adjacent to the DHC Demonstration Centre. 

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April 2007China
Guangdong – British Columbia Pacific Gateway Park Project

Former B.C. Premier, the Honourable Gordon Campbell attended the sod-turning ceremony of the Guangdong – British Columbia Pacific Gateway Park Project in 2006. This marked the first cooperative step between FII China and the Guangzhou Garden Bureau. 

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2006

March 2006China
Tongji Roof Renovation Project

The Shanghai Tong ji University wood truss roof renovation project featured a design developed cooperatively with Tong ji University. The design was specifically created to demonstrate the potential of localizing wood truss roof renovation applications in China. The project also features a number of innovations such as the expansion of the truss span, and the application of wood parapets, to name just a few. Apart from being technically viable, the project also introduced cost saving measures into the system. This custom-built solution has become a successful model for present-day and future wood truss roof applications.

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March 2006China
Xuhui District Roof Renovation Project

FII China has cooperated closely with the Shanghai Municipal Government to bring the advantages of wood frame construction to the general public through renovating old residential buildings. 

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2005

July 2005China
Dream Home Canada Demonstration Centre

The initial centrepiece of FII China’s program is the Dream Home Canada (DHC)Demonstration Centre in Shanghai. The DHC serves not only as a showcase for British Columbia wood products and construction technology; it is also the consolidated home offices of FII China and the Canada Wood Group.

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