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Forestry Trade Mission in Japan highlights growth opportunities
Friday, November 17, 2017

A visit to Doggy’s Island Resort and Villa in Yachimata highlighted the growth opportunities for British Columbia wood products in Japan’s tourism sector, which supports the well-paying...More

A visit to Doggy’s Island Resort and Villa in Yachimata highlighted the growth opportunities for British Columbia wood products in Japan’s tourism sector, which supports the well-paying forestry jobs on which B.C.’s rural communities depend.

While in Japan, delegates on B.C.’s largest-ever forestry trade mission also toured the Tokyo Lumber Terminal, visited CS Lumber and the Japan Home and Building Show, and met with key Japanese customers and government officials.

“While the Japanese market for B.C. wood products is more mature than that in China, there are still opportunities to grow our market share,” said Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson. “Given the importance of forestry to B.C.’s economy and family-supporting jobs, I’m interested in pursuing all opportunities to diversify markets for B.C.’s world-class wood products.”

Due to its popularity, the owners of Doggy’s Island Resort are adding another 42 rooms to this pet-friendly resort. The new construction will be wood frame. This is possible only because of recent changes to the Japanese building code with regard to fire-resistant construction.

The use of wood-frame construction in the tourism sector represents a growth opportunity for B.C. wood products. Trade mission delegates also visited CS Lumber, which is supplying the wood components for the resort expansion manufactured from B.C. lumber.

The Japan Home and Building Show – Japan’s largest – is an important event for B.C.’s value-added and specialty wood manufacturers to increase sales in Japan. The home show attracts builders, designers of both residential and commercial buildings. While at the show, Donaldson presented a plaque to Mikio Watanabe, president of Takahiro Mokuzai Co., in recognition of the company’s many years as a leading importer of western red-cedar products from B.C.

The trade mission wrapped up with a networking event of over 160 Japanese customers and a meeting with Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Tourism.

Trade missions are a cornerstone of provincial-federal-industry market development efforts in Asia, and raise the understanding about the specific needs of key markets like China and Japan.

Quick Facts:

  • British Columbia is Japan’s largest supplier of wood products. In 2016, B.C.’s softwood lumber exports to Japan totalled $725 million.
  • In 2016, B.C.’s forest sector directly supported 60,000 workers and their families in more than 140 B.C. communities.
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Minister Donaldson and mission delegates visit Canada Wood China's headquarters in Shanghai
China’s focus on green building opens opportunities for B.C. wood products
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

British Columbia’s largest-ever forestry trade mission to Asia has focused on strengthening ties with the powerhouse economy in China and further diversification of markets for the...More

British Columbia’s largest-ever forestry trade mission to Asia has focused on strengthening ties with the powerhouse economy in China and further diversification of markets for the province’s high-value wood products.

The China leg of the trip concluded with four stops in Jiangsu Province following participation in the third-annual Sino-Canada wood conference in Shanghai.

“This trade mission is a key way for our new government to help strengthen B.C.’s rural economies and protect family-supporting forestry jobs,” said Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson, who is leading his first trade mission. “I’ve been encouraged to hear that government officials, builders and developers in China want to continue our favourable trade relationship in wood products.”

The Sino-Canada wood conference, an important platform to promote Canadian forest products in China, focused on how wood can help China meet its ambitious targets related to prefabrication and green building. The country aims to save energy and reduce carbon emissions by increasing the proportion of prefabricated construction in new structures to 30% in the next 10 years.

In Jiangsu, trade mission delegates met with Gu Xiaoping, Party Secretary General and Deputy Minister of the Jiangsu Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, and other officials to discuss the latest developments and the use of innovations such as the prefabricated wood infill walls and cross-laminated timber. Through its partnership with B.C., Jiangsu Province has become a leader in wood-frame construction in China.

Also in Jiangsu, Canada Wood China signed an MOU with Yadong Construction and Development Group for future co-operation on the application and promotion of wood construction technology. In China, MOUs are a first step in commercialization.

The company, a top real estate developer in Jiangsu, showed delegates how it is using wood to build resort home and tourism projects such as the Liyang project, which includes wood-frame villas, a hotel and commercial facilities. Tourism is booming in China, leading to more projects using wood-frame construction, CLT or mixed applications

Trade mission delegates ended their time in China with a tour of the Jiangsu Urban and Rural Construction College. The college wants to position itself as a leader in wood-frame construction training.

Trade missions are a cornerstone of provincial-federal-industry market development efforts in Asia, and raise the understanding about the specific needs of key markets like China and Japan.

Quick Facts:

  • Jiangsu, immediately north of Shanghai, is China’s fifth-most populous province and has a population of over 79 million people.
  • In 2016, B.C.’s softwood lumber exports to China totalled over $1 billion.
  • In 2016, B.C.’s forest sector directly supported 60,000 workers and their families in more than 140 B.C. communities.
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Minister Donaldson's trade mission to Japan and China
Minister Donaldson's trade mission to Japan and China
Friday, November 10, 2017

VICTORIA – Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson is leading British Columbia’s largest-ever forest sector delegation to China and...More

VICTORIA – Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson is leading British Columbia’s largest-ever forest sector delegation to China and Japan from Nov. 12 to 17. He will be joined by over 30 senior executives from B.C. forest companies and associations.

“We need to continue to diversify and expand markets for B.C. wood products, both at home and abroad,” said Donaldson. “Forestry is one of B.C.’s founding industries, and an important part of a sustainable economy, that in 2016 supported more than 60,000 workers and their families in communities throughout B.C.”

China and Japan are B.C.’s second- and third-largest markets for softwood lumber products, and trade mission participants will meet with customers and government officials, and explore ways to raise the value of the products B.C. exports.

“B.C. is a world-leader in sustainable forestry, and our carbon-friendly building materials are in demand around the globe,” said Susan Yurkovich, president and CEO, Council of Forest Industries. “We currently export about a third of our forest products to China and Japan and see more opportunity to grow in these markets and to showcase how B.C.’s innovative building materials can help reduce the environmental impact of the built environment.”

In China, delegates will discuss how B.C. wood products can help the country meet ambitious goals it has set related to prefabrication and green building. They will attend the third annual Sino-Canada Wood Conference, which will emphasize opportunities for wood in prefabricated construction.

Trade mission delegates will also meet with officials from Jiangsu Province to review the progress made to advance wood-frame construction with the support of B.C. experts, including a wood truss reroofing system and prefabricated infill hybrid walls.

“Trade missions such as these help reinforce the fact that B.C. is a reliable trade partner for high-quality wood products from sustainable sources,” said Rick Jeffery, president and CEO, Coast Forest Products Association. “They help us to advance new high-value opportunities, from multi-storey residential buildings in China to tourist resorts in Japan.” In Japan, the focus is on expanding the use of wood in multi-family and non-residential construction, and new applications for higher-value engineered wood products. Delegates will
tour a resort construction site in Koyaru, and learn about growing opportunities for B.C. wood in Japan’s tourism sector. The Minister will visit the Canadian Pavilion at the Japan Home & Building Show and tour the Tokyo Lumber Terminal.

Trade missions are a cornerstone of provincial-federal-industry market development efforts in
Asia, and raise the understanding about the specific needs of key markets like China and Japan.
Quick Facts:

  • In 2016, B.C.’s softwood lumber exports to China totalled over $1 billion.
  • In 2016, B.C.’s softwood lumber exports to Japan totalled $725 million.
  • In 2016, B.C.’s forest sector directly supported 60,000 workers and their families in more than 140 B.C. communities.

 

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BC invests $7.7 million to advance wood use and grow global markets
Friday, April 7, 2017

Originally published on BC Gov News

The Government of British Columbia is investing $7.7 million to promote the use of B.C. wood, advance wood building systems and products, and...More

Originally published on BC Gov News

The Government of British Columbia is investing $7.7 million to promote the use of B.C. wood, advance wood building systems and products, and expand global markets, Premier Christy Clark announced at the Council of Forest Industries annual convention today.

Premier Christy Clark made the announcement in her keynote speech, which spoke to government’s actions on the softwood lumber file. Diversifying markets and reducing reliance on the United States market continues to be a key part of government’s strategy to keep B.C.’s forest sector strong.

“Forestry will always play a crucial role in communities throughout B.C.,” said Premier Clark. “By growing international demand, we are decreasing our reliance on a single market, creating more opportunity, and supporting the tens of thousands of British Columbians who rely on forestry.”

The annual funding is being made available to 14 different industry trade associations and research institutes that deliver market development programs on behalf of government and industry. B.C.’s contribution is being managed through Forestry Innovation Investment, the Province’s market development agency for forest products.

“Over 90% of B.C.’s forest products are exported, making international trade vital to the success of the forest economy,” said Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat. “Market development and diversification not only safeguard against global uncertainties, but also create new, higher-value opportunities for B.C. producers.”

Of the $7.7 million, $5.9 million will be made available for activities targeted at expanding markets for B.C.’s wood products, with investment priorities that reflect evolving market opportunities in Asia and North America. The remaining $1.8 million will be made available for activities delivered through the Wood First program, which fosters the innovative use of wood and wood building systems in B.C. through research, education, marketing and capacity building.

Advancing wood use and growing international markets is a collaborative effort. The Province will cost-share these activities, with additional funding being provided by industry and the federal government through Natural Resources Canada.

“B.C. is internationally recognized as a leader in sustainable forest management,” said Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson. “As the benefits of building with wood become more widely recognized – including its lower carbon footprint, its cost-effectiveness and its versatility – our reputation will continue to position us as a preferred supplier of environmentally friendly forest products.”

Building international markets for B.C.’s natural resources is a component of the BC Jobs Plan. The B.C. forest sector employs more than 60,000 British Columbians and supports over 7,000 businesses.

“A strong forest sector requires the co-operation of industry and government,” said Susan Yurkovich, president and CEO, Council of Forest Industries. “Given the current challenges we face, the importance of working together to diversify offshore markets for B.C. forest products has never been greater.”

Quick Facts:

  • In 2016, B.C. exported $13.9 billion in forest products (lumber, pulp and paper and other wood products), which represented 35% of B.C.’s total exports.
  • Canada is the international leader in sustainable forest management certification with B.C. contributing more than any other province.
  • Wood products from the Province’s sustainably managed forests help tackle climate change by being a renewable building material and a means to store carbon.

Learn More:

“Taking a Stand: United Action on B.C. Softwood Lumber” connects B.C. companies and communities with international opportunities and promotes our competitive advantages to investors and decision-makers around the globe:
www.gov.bc.ca/softwoodlumber

Connecting B.C. companies and communities with international opportunities and promoting B.C.`s competitive advantages to investors and decision-makers around the globe: www.BritishColumbia.ca

The BC Jobs Plan: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcjobsplan/

Forestry Innovation Investment is the province’s market development agency for forest products: www.bcfii.ca

A comprehensive information resource featuring the facts and science about wood species, sustainable forests, product manufacturing and building innovations in British Columbia: www.naturallywood.com

Trade associations and research institutes receiving funding

Funding is delivered by the Province through Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd.

Funds are allocated through an annual competition process that reflects the priorities of the B.C. government and the forest sector.

BC Wood Specialties Group - $1.08 million

  • Educate and train architects, engineers, interior designers and construction professionals on available B.C. wood products and their applications through a variety of educational events, such as lunch-and-learn sessions, group seminars and factory tours.
  • Promote building products and systems, as well as the benefits of wood in construction and design, with value-added forest products companies at trade events.
  • Increase competitiveness, innovation and adaptability of individual value-added wood companies by improving their marketing and business development capability through assessments, site visits, workshops and business development projects.
  • Pursue niche opportunities for value added wood products at high impact trade events in the United States and Canada.
  • Bring together B.C. and Canadian value-added wood products manufacturers with pre-qualified international buyers and specifiers at the 2017 Global Buyers Mission in Whistler.
  • Open doors for market opportunities and increase sales in China, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and Europe.

Canada Wood Group - $3.26 million

  • In China: pursue innovative uses of B.C. products for wood in construction and wood in manufacturing by addressing code constraints and providing training and quality support.
  • In Japan: develop innovative solutions to expand the use of lumber and panel products in large scale buildings.
  • In South Korea: continue wood-frame design and construction training to support innovative building solutions for larger scale developments, including multi-family structures and infill walls.
  • Expand the B.C. forest products sector’s global reach with market access and -development teams in China, Japan, Korea, Europe and India.
  • Respond to global phytosanitary barriers to trade and product-acceptance issues for B.C. wood products.

Canadian Wood Council- $535,000

  • Provide technical support and advice to address wood performance attributes in multi-family, multi-storey and non-residential projects.
  • Convey practical wood design solutions through educational events.
  • Communicate sound wood construction practices.
  • Support building and fire code changes that address the use of wood.
  • Broaden wood design awareness through a wood awards program.

Cedar Shake and Shingle Association - $125,000

  • Encourage the use of cedar roofing and sidewall shakes and shingles as a product of choice among specifiers in the UnitedStates with a multifaceted education and marketing campaign.

Coast Forest Products Association - $108,000

  • In Japan: promote the use of B.C. Coast Species for innovative hybrid solutions for multi-unit, institutional and other non-residential buildings
  • In China: increase awareness, technical knowledge of B.C. coastal species and create demand in a wide range of manufacturing applications.

FPInnovations - $217,000

  • Improve entrepreneurial skills of small- to medium-size wood product manufacturers by improving their capacity to adopt new manufacturing technologies and develop new products through technology transfer projects, technical assessments, workshops, webinars and face-to-face outreach activities.
  • Research mitigation of construction moisture risks in mass timber systems.

University of British Columbia - $465,000

  • Support value-added manufacturers in their development of new products through design, engineering, prototyping, testing and cost/benefit analyses.
  • Foster collaboration between manufacturers and industrial designers in various subsectors of the value-added wood industry through organizing a series of networking meetings.
  • Explore and convey advanced wood processing solutions, such as industrial robotics and mixed reality wood fabrication, through educational programs.
  • Research and document the full construction process of UBC’s Brock Commons Tallwood House student residence.

University of Northern British Columbia - $160,000

  • Conduct research to prepare ductile connection details for use in mass timber structures in seismically active regions.
  • Investigate the performance of timber concrete composite floor systems.
  • Research the optimal configuration of mass timber and tall wood building hold-down connectors.
  • Convey advanced wood processing and building design solutions through educational programs and events.

Council of Forest Industries - $254,000

  • In China: open doors for existing applications and innovate new applications for B.C. forest products, such as energy-efficient wood wall systems and tourism-oriented structures.
  • In Japan: expand opportunities for SPF lumber by promoting wood-frame and hybrid construction in the non-residential sector and in large-scale buildings.
  • In South Korea: grow the use of SPF lumber in multi-storey / multi-unit buildings, and for infill wall systems.

Engineered Wood Products Association (APA) - $45,000

  • Create new opportunities and demand for B.C structural panels and engineered wood products in large-scale non-residential construction in Japan with a diversified promotional and educational program for Japanese specifiers.

Western Red Cedar Lumber Association - $1.01 million

  • Increase market awareness and improve Western Red Cedar’s value proposition with an integrated comprehensive program of marketing, communication, education and outreach efforts.

Wood Pellet Association of Canada – $90,000

  • In Europe: communicate sustainability of B.C. wood pellets to the power generation and heating sectors, and improve the regulatory environment for wood pellets.
  • In Japan: identify new customers for industrial wood pellets and increase the amount of volume under long term sales contracts.
  • In Canada: position wood pellets in the power and heat sectors as a viable biomass alternative for coal in the effort to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Wood Products Council - $445,000

  • Work toward shifts in the U.S. design and builder community that result in greater wood use in non-residential and multi-unit construction projects.
  • Provide technical advice, education, and support in order to drive demand and support the specification of wood in midrise and mass timber structures.
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B.C. announces first major commercial wood demonstration project in India
B.C. announces first major commercial wood demonstration project in India
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Premier Christy Clark today announced that the largest shipment of mass timber from British Columbia to India is en route.

The shipment also includes lumber and will be used in...More

Premier Christy Clark today announced that the largest shipment of mass timber from British Columbia to India is en route.

The shipment also includes lumber and will be used in the first major commercial wood demonstration project to showcase B.C. forest products in India.

As India's economy grows, traditional wood supply cannot meet increasing demand. As a leading supplier of sustainable forest products, British Columbia is seen as an attractive long-term supplier. Support for the project is being provided by the Government of B.C.'s market development agency for forest products, Forestry Innovation Investment (FII), through its India office.

The wood products will be used to construct a facility housing several design workshops at India's Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University located in Ahmedabad, Gujurat State and will serve as a showcase to help grow awareness and demand in India for B.C. wood products.

Incorporating wood, concrete and steel, the project will not only inspire the school's students who work and design with wood, but will also be a model of sustainable architecture and environmental responsibility for the Indian design community. By introducing Canadian wood species through special projects and course curriculum, the university sees the project as providing a long-term opportunity for collaboration with British Columbia and Canada.

In addition to the glue-laminated arches for the roof assembly supplied by Penticton-based Structurlam, other B.C. wood products, including those made of hemlock, Douglas fir and yellow cedar, are being used extensively throughout the project in a range of interior and exterior applications. These products are being supplied by Surrey's Coast Clear Wood and through a donation of lumber from the Coast Forest Products Association.

During an October 2016 trade mission to India, Finance Minister Michael de Jong visited the CEPT University campus to support a partnership between the Province and the University. In November, FII India entered into an agreement to support the extensive use of B.C. forest products in the project. Under the agreement, the Province will invest approximately $100,000 to share the costs, with CEPT, of the B.C. wood used in the project and to cover import duties for B.C. products not currently available in India. Industry will donate an additional $11,000 worth of B.C. lumber already in India.

This demonstration project is a direct result of the Province's accelerated market development efforts in India. In addition to pursuing product trials and other high-profile commercialization projects, the strategy for growing demand for B.C. wood products in India includes collaboratively promoting the Canadian wood brand with Natural Resources Canada and industry through Canada Wood.

Building international markets for B.C.’s natural resources is a component of the BC Jobs Plan. 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 information visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0006-000102

 

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FII India recently completed the first commercial demonstration project using B.C. wood
FII India recently completed the first commercial demonstration project using B.C. wood
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

FII India has now completed work on its first commercial demonstration project in India. Kapur Villa is located in a pristine and picturesque reserve forest with the backdrop of snow...More

FII India has now completed work on its first commercial demonstration project in India. Kapur Villa is located in a pristine and picturesque reserve forest with the backdrop of snow clad peaks perched at an altitude of 7,500 feet in Himachal Pradesh, India. The 1,970 square foot private residence features extensive use of wood species from B.C. in structural and interior and exterior finishing applications.

Wood was selected for key structural elements of the building because of characteristics that offer advantages over concrete, masonry and steel – specifically, wood’s favourable strength to weight ratio and ability to provide load paths for earthquake forces via numerous connections to walls, floors and the roof. The wood features in the design are complemented by another natural material, local stone, which is used for the external walls of the structure.

To meet the owner’s specifications for large, open spaces, the design utilized large spans of solid wood as the main feature. Post & beam construction was the chosen solution, with long-length timber coupled with custom-made steel fasteners, brackets and plates to tie the major components together.

For the structural, vertical and horizontal load-bearing components, including the roof trusses, pulins and joists, Douglas fir from B.C. was selected for its unique strength and stiffness, and its availability in the required widths and lengths... Wood from B.C. was also selected for doors, windows, furniture and millwork to align with the home’s overall aesthetics. Douglas fir was chosen due to its availability in clear grade. In addition, the wood’s colour and grain complemented the Douglas fir structural components. This species was also specified for rustic internal flooring throughout the house and outdoor deck and posts. As an added feature, two triangular Douglas fir skylights, bring abundant natural light into the open space, bathing the extensive wooden surfaces and creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The result is an excellent combination of colour and texture, which contrasts impressively with the 18” thick stone walls.

A wonderful addition to the home is the 16-foot-long dining table, which is the centrepiece of the living/family room. Constructed with B.C. spruce-pine-fir 2x6s, the table features structural grade boards cross-cut into four-foot lengths and finger-jointed to ensure a straight and true table top at an affordable price. The table was finished with a transparent coating.

As FII India’s market development efforts in India continue through high-profile demonstration projects such as Kapur Villa, builders and designers are becoming more familiar with the characteristics offered by Canadian wood species, including sustainability, long-term performance, multipurpose applications, easier manufacturing ability, and the assurance of quality.

For more information about FII India’s market development program visit our corporate website or visit www.canadianwood.in.

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CFPA President and CEO Rick Jefferey, FLNRO Minister Steve Thomson and FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor during this mission to Asia
Continuing to Build Market Access for Coastal Forestry on Asian Trade Mission
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Originally posted on the Coast Forest Products Association website. 

This fall, Coast Forest Products Association was once again part of a 10-day Forestry Asia Trade Mission led...More

Originally posted on the Coast Forest Products Association website

This fall, Coast Forest Products Association was once again part of a 10-day Forestry Asia Trade Mission led by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) Minister Steve Thomson. The Province’s focus for this mission was to further broaden and enhance market diversification for the B.C. forest sector across global markets.

More than 25 senior executives from provincial forest companies and associations toured Japan and China amplifying the latest efforts to maintain and expand the industry’s overseas market reach as well as strengthen key Asian markets.

Among the places the group visited in Japan was the Tohoku region where they viewed the progress made on reconstruction since the 2011 earthquake devastated the region. At that time, the governments of Canada and British Columbia, along with 14 forest companies, contributed a total of $4.6 million to rebuilding key public buildings with Canadian wood products. In China, the group went to Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing where they spoke at the second annual Sino-Canada Wood Conference where discussions with industry executives and government officials on advancing wood design systems.

B.C.’s top five lumber customers by volume are the U.S., China, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines and South Korea.

This mission would not have been possible without financial support from the Government of Canada through Natural Resources Canada and the B.C. government through FII.

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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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The San Juan Bautista was fully reconstructed using Douglas fir and western red cedar
British Columbia wood products’ contribution to reconstruction efforts in Japan
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates viewed first-hand how British Columbia wood products are contributing to the socio-economic recovery of Japan’s Tohoku region that was devastated by...More

Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates viewed first-hand how British Columbia wood products are contributing to the socio-economic recovery of Japan’s Tohoku region that was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Mission delegates had the opportunity to visit the Donguri Anne Public Library and Yuriage Public Market in Natori City, and a replica of a famous Japanese historic sailing ship,the Sant Juan Bautista in Ishinomaki City.

The Donguri Anne Public Library and Yuriage Public Market, were two of four public buildings funded by the governments of Canada, British Columbia and Alberta under the $4.6-million Canada Tohoku Reconstruction Project.

The library serves Natori City’s 72,000 inhabitants and demonstrates how wood-frame public structures made with environmentally sustainable wood products from British Columbia and the rest of Canada are ideal building solutions. “Donguri” is Japanese for acorn, symbolizing regeneration, and “Anne” is an acknowledgement of “Anne of Green Gables”, Japan’s favourite Canadian novel.

The new Yuriage public market has served as a commercial hub and tourist destination. The rebuilt market draws 6,000 to 7,000 people daily on the weekends – an increase from the 3,000 to 4,000 visitors before the earthquake. Because of this increased popularity, public market officials have since added additional booth spaces to accommodate visitors.

Inspired by British Columbian timber frame design, the main pavilion integrates a food court, exterior deck and public meeting spaces. The project also consists of two additional separate structures which house seven commercial booths each, which were constructed in the platform frame method. Locally, it is nicknamed “Maple Hall” in recognition of Canada’s humanitarian assistance.

Natori City officials also showed trade mission delegates their plans for further reconstruction in the area.‎

During the 2011 Forestry Asia Trade Mission, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson met with the governor of the Miyagi Prefacture, at which time the vice-governor asked for replacement masts for the San Juan Bautista. This ship’s masts had been destroyed in the March 2011 earthquake.

The Sant Juan Bautista was a Japanese-built Spanish galleon that led an expedition from Miyagi Prefecture to Mexico and Europe in 1613 and is viewed as a symbol of the region’s outward engagement with the world. It is a local cultural treasure.

Western Forest Products was able to donate five specially harvested Douglas-fir and one western redcedar logs needed to replace the masts. The Sant Juan Bautista was fully reconstructed as a local historical treasure in time for the 400th Anniversary Celebration held in November 2013.

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

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2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission heads to Japan and China
2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission heads to Japan, China
Friday, November 25, 2016

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson is leading a delegation of more than 25 senior executives from B.C.’s forest companies and associations to Japan and...More

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson is leading a delegation of more than 25 senior executives from B.C.’s forest companies and associations to Japan and China from Nov. 24 to Dec. 3, 2016.

It is Thomson’s fifth 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.

Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province’s goal of a diverse, globally competitive industry, outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

 

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FII India hosts B.C. Minister of Finance, Michael de Jong during networking event
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On October 25, 2016 B.C.’s Minister of Finance, Michael de Jong visited FII India’s office in Mumbai to promote the market development program for wood products in India. The Minister,...More

On October 25, 2016 B.C.’s Minister of Finance, Michael de Jong visited FII India’s office in Mumbai to promote the market development program for wood products in India. The Minister, accompanied by a delegation of senior provincial and federal government officials, joined a networking event with over 30 Indian wood industry leaders.

The event provided an opportunity to promote B.C. wood species to a target audience and position Canada as a long-term sustainable source of fibre able to meet India’s growing demand. The Minister also used the occasion to announce FII India’s regional expansion (Delhi and Bangalore), and the completion of FII’s first wood demonstration project in India.

With Budget 2016, the Province committed $5 million over three years to promote a stronger B.C. wood brand in India. This investment is helping B.C. companies establish themselves as the world’s leading suppliers of sustainably harvested wood products to a market that includes the world’s largest middle class.

The visit to FII’s office in Mumbai formed part of a larger trade mission by Minister de Jong who also met with Indian Finance Minister, Minister of Corporate Affairs in the cabinet of India, Arun Jaitley to discuss ways to continue to strengthen economic ties between India and B.C.

FII India was established in Mumbai in 2012 as a subsidiary company of Forestry Innovation Investment (FII). Market development efforts are delivered in partnership with the B.C. forest industry and supported by the Government of Canada through contributions from Natural Resource Canada. FII India’s primary role is to increase awareness for B.C. (and Canadian) wood species by communicating the benefits of B.C. wood and by providing technical support to customers. For more information on FII India, visit www.canadianwood.in.

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The new naturally:wood website
FII updates its leading forest sector marketing resource, the naturally:wood website
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Forestry is a critical driver of B.C.’s economy and supports communities across the province. In 2015, the industry generated $12.9 billion in exports, created a quarter of the province’...More

Forestry is a critical driver of B.C.’s economy and supports communities across the province. In 2015, the industry generated $12.9 billion in exports, created a quarter of the province’s manufacturing jobs, and supported over 7,000 B.C. businesses, directly supporting the BC Jobs Plan.

Not only does forestry contribute to the economy, but our province is increasingly recognized as being a leader in sustainable forest management and at the forefront of developing new wood products and building systems. Projects such as the UBC Brock Commons tall wood hybrid student residence is gaining attention at an international level, creating new markets for B.C. products. 

To communicate B.C.’s world-leading sustainable forest practices and to increase global awareness of our diverse range of forest products, we recently updated our leading forest sector marketing resource, the naturally:wood website.

The website connects B.C. suppliers with international buyers, profiling approximately 500 B.C. wood product manufacturers through a comprehensive supplier directory. Other resources provide credible information on the environmental benefits of building with wood, showcase B.C.’s sustainable forest management practices, and highlight the latest building trends and innovation.

The naturally:wood website also includes:

  • B.C. softwood and hardwood species information
  • A Project Gallery profiling innovative wood buildings across B.C.
  • A green building toolkit
  • Videos and case studies on leading edge non-residential and mid-rise structures using B.C. wood products
  • Case studies on the use of wood in a variety of sectors including tall wood, healthcare, and education

Visit www.naturallywood.com for more details.

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