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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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Chinese Society for Urban Studies’ Director of China Green Building Certification Committee, Dr. Li gives a presentation
FII China Structural Engineer, Reed Kelterborn gives a presentation
The 7th Jiangsu International Green Building Conference
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

FII China was invited by the Jiangsu MOHURD to attend the Jiangsu International Green Building Conference on November 5, 2014. FII China’s structural engineer Reed Kelterborn was given...More

FII China was invited by the Jiangsu MOHURD to attend the Jiangsu International Green Building Conference on November 5, 2014. FII China’s structural engineer Reed Kelterborn was given the opportunity to introduce green building features of Wood Frame Construction Technology on the conference seminar.

 

Also in attendance of the Seminar were Jiangsu MOHURD officials, representatives from such construction related organizations as developers, designers, builders, materials suppliers, educational and research institutes. FII China’s Benjamin Zhuang, Nancy Xie, and Wenhao Jin participated in the event to give technical and government relations support. 

 

Under the BC - Jiangsu cooperation MOU signed October this year, promoting wood frame construction technology to be a green building solution for Jiangsu is a very important objective set for this bi-lateral cooperation initiative.

 

Speaking to an audience of about 400 representatives from Jiangsu’s construction industry gave wood frame construction technology the necessary exposure to suitable stakeholders, some of whom are exposed to wood as a building solution for the first time in their careers.

 

FII China will continue to work closely with the Jiangsu MOHURD in exploring wood frame building solutions catered towards Jiangsu’s construction needs.  

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2015-16 Call for Proposals Opens
Monday, November 3, 2014

FII is opened the Call for Proposals for funding in the 2015/16 fiscal year on November 5, 2014 and the call closed on December 26, 2014.

FII anticipates offering $6.8 million in...More

FII is opened the Call for Proposals for funding in the 2015/16 fiscal year on November 5, 2014 and the call closed on December 26, 2014.

FII anticipates offering $6.8 million in funding on a cost-shared basis with industry and federal funding partners in 2015/16.  More details on the application process and guidance documents can be found on the Funding page of this site or by contacting FII.

Note that market activities within British Columbia are handled separately in the Wood First Call for Proposals.  Announcements about that call will be made at a later date.

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BCSRA Ben Stewart and Pudong Vice Governor Wei Ming greeted one another
BCSRA Ben Stewart and Pudong Vice Governor Wei Ming exchanged business cards
BCSRA Ben Stewart and Pudong Vice Governor Wei Ming discussed areas of cooperation
BCSRA Ben Stewart, Pudong Vice Governor Wei Ming, Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC  and FII China General Manager Lisa Dou poses for a group photo
Meeting between BC Asia Representative Ben Stewart and Pudong Vice Govenor Wei Ming
Friday, October 31, 2014

BC Special Representative in Asia (BCSRA) Ben Stewart, Pudong Vice Governor Wei Ming and Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC met in the Dream Home Canada to discuss details for...More

BC Special Representative in Asia (BCSRA) Ben Stewart, Pudong Vice Governor Wei Ming and Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC met in the Dream Home Canada to discuss details for enhancing bi-lateral cooperation on product, technology and projects implementation, where both sides have reached a consensus and expressed each other’s commitment to carry out more focused work in areas such as government policy, construction industrialization, senior home development, and marketing promotions. 

The event is another comprehensive round of communications between Shanghai and BC in developing practical wood frame solutions catered towards the special needs of the Shanghai’s construction market. And bringing wood frame promotions to the district level demonstrates Shanghai’s commitment to actively pursue the further advancement and broader use of Wood Frame Construction Technology in the city, especially in a crucial district such as Pudong who in the past 20 years have pioneered and to date still drives Shanghai’s development as China’s economic capital.

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BCSR Ben Stewart, Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC, BCFII Chief Finance Officer Doug Greig, and local government officials at the DHC
Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC and other delegates listens to the presentations given by various speakers
BCSRA Ben Stewart gave opening remarks
BC FII Chief Finance Officer Mr. Doug Greig gave opening remarks
Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC and other delegates listens to the presentations given by various speakers
Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC and other delegates listens to the presentations given by various speakers
Pudong District Wood Frame Technical Exchange Roundtable
Friday, October 31, 2014

A Wood Frame Technical Exchange Roundtable co-organized by FII China and Pudong Construction and Transportation Commission (Pudong CTC) took place in Dream Home Canada on October 31,...More

A Wood Frame Technical Exchange Roundtable co-organized by FII China and Pudong Construction and Transportation Commission (Pudong CTC) took place in Dream Home Canada on October 31, 2014. The event is another step in deepening wood frame technology marketing promotions cooperation as part of the Strategic Cooperation MOU signed between BC and Shanghai during the BC Forestry Mission last year, as well as the MOU signed between FII China and Pudong MOC this May. 

In attendance of the event were BC Special Representative in Asia Mr. Ben Stewart, Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC, BCFII Chief Finance Officer Mr. Doug Greig, and FII China and Canada Wood China staff. 

Approximately 30 officials and representatives from Pudong based government departments, developers, townships and villages were invited to the event, including the Pudong CTC, NDRC, Foreign Affairs Office, Bureau of Finance, Bureau of Education, Housing Security Centre, Construction Quality Inspection Station, nine major townships, and six major developers.

The roundtable gave audiences a thorough understanding of modern wood frame construction technology, its advantages, its applications in North America and development in China, with a targeted focus on its application and use in educational facilities such as kindergarten and schools. The topics were well received by audiences some among which have followed up with project consultation inquiries.

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B.C. supports wood innovation with opening of WIDC
Friday, October 31, 2014

PRINCE GEORGE - The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC), one of the tallest contemporary wood buildings in North America, officially opened today, on budget and on time, further...More

PRINCE GEORGE - The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC), one of the tallest contemporary wood buildings in North America, officially opened today, on budget and on time, further positioning B.C. as a leader in wood innovation and design.

Construction of the 29.5-metre, six-storey high WIDC began in 2013 with 13 different B.C. companies working collaboratively and employing about 250 staff throughout the province.

The WIDC will be a catalyst for future tall wood construction not just in B.C. but across Canada, North America and around the globe. The building uses a variety of wood products from all parts of British Columbia, including Douglas-fir, cedar, hemlock, pine and spruce, as well as engineered wood products produced in B.C.

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Asia trade mission wraps up with busy day in South Korea
Thursday, October 30, 2014

SEOUL - B.C. wood-frame construction took centre stage in South Korea today, with the official opening of the GICO Community Centre.

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SEOUL - B.C. wood-frame construction took centre stage in South Korea today, with the official opening of the GICO Community Centre.

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson cut the ribbon for the project, which is the centrepiece of a 141-unit wood-frame housing complex in Daljeon-Ri, a community 65 kilometres east of Seoul.

The GICO community centre demonstrates to South Korean political and business leaders the many benefits of building with wood, including sustainability, environmentally friendly building practices and energy efficiency. The community centre is being named “Canadian Maple Hall” in honour of the Canadian contribution to the project.

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B.C.'s lumber industry celebrates 40 years in Japan
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

TOKYO - Delegates from British Columbia’s 2014 Forestry Asia Trade Mission helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Canada Wood Office and the B.C. Council of Forest Industries (COFI...More

TOKYO - Delegates from British Columbia’s 2014 Forestry Asia Trade Mission helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Canada Wood Office and the B.C. Council of Forest Industries (COFI) establishing a presence in Japan.

Coincidental with the anniversary, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism announced its award for a 9,000 square metre, five-storey elderly care facility in Adachi Ward, Tokyo. Once completed, the building will be the largest wood building of its kind in Japan. It will feature a Midply shear wall system developed by FPInnovations and the University of British Columbia.

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Jiangsu MOHURD MOU Signing
New agreement promotes B.C. wood in China
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NANJING, CHINA – Jiangsu Province is the latest Chinese province to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Province of B.C. to increase the use of wood-frame construction, Forests,...More

NANJING, CHINA – Jiangsu Province is the latest Chinese province to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Province of B.C. to increase the use of wood-frame construction, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today.

The agreement enhances co-operation and communication between the two governments, and is an opportunity to apply wood-frame construction in Jiangsu, since wood-frame buildings are energy-efficient and reduce carbon emissions. Benefits of the partnership include wood-frame construction research, exploration of suitable locations for wood-frame building applications for Jiangsu Province, joint promotion of wood-frame construction, and enhanced government and industry exchanges.

The agreement was signed by Thomson and Zhou Lan, Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development for the Province of Jiangsu, which develops and implements policies related to housing and the overall development of the real-estate sector. In China, memoranda of understanding are the first step toward increasing commercial activity.

The memorandum of understanding is the latest advancement of a relationship dating back to 2008, when Forestry Innovation Investment China and Canada Wood China first worked in Jiangsu Province, collaborating on a series of wood truss roof renovations in the Baixia District of Nanjing.

Thomson made the announcement during the 2014 Forestry Asia Trade Mission. Trade missions secure new investment, propelling economic activity and job creation throughout the province. In June 2014, Premier Christy Clark re-committed Thomson to co-sponsoring annual trade missions to Asia with the forest industry.

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Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson –

“The fact that China is moving towards greener building policies is a win for B.C.’s forest sector, since wood-frame construction is more environmentally friendly, more energy efficient and leaves a smaller carbon footprint. Jiangsu is well-positioned to succeed since two of their universities include wood-frame construction in their curriculum.”

Quick Facts:

Jiangsu is China’s second wealthiest province with a GDP estimated at over US$950 billion – representing 10% of China’s GDP.

Jiangsu Province contains many economic development zones and export zones that are home to numerous foreign and domestic manufacturing companies.

Jiangsu’s construction volume is among the top three in China.

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Photos from the 2014 Forestry Asia Trade Mission are online at: http://ow.ly/CrS0Z

Follow the trade mission on Twitter @BCJobsPlan (https://twitter.com/BCJobsPlan), #TM2014

BC Jobs Plan: www.bcjobsplan.ca

Building our Natural Advantage: Forest Sector Strategy for British Columbia: www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/forestsectorstrategy

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(Hangzhou) FII China’s Structural Engineer, Reed Kelterborn discuss about wood frame technology and applications
(Hangzhou) Structural Engineer CC Yao presents case studies of wood frame construction
(Hangzhou) Attendees of the “Architect Outreach Program”
(Chengdu) Attendees of the “Architect Outreach Program”
(Chengdu) FII China’s Structural Engineer, Reed Kelterborn discuss about wood frame technology and applications
(Chengdu) Structural Engineer CC Yao takes questions from the audience
(Chengdu) Attendees of the “Architect Outreach Program”
Architect Outreach Seminars in Hangzhou and Chengdu
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The “Architect Outreach Program”, a joint initiative between FII China and Canada Wood China, held in Chengdu and Hangzhou was attended by more than 250 architects from design...More

The “Architect Outreach Program”, a joint initiative between FII China and Canada Wood China, held in Chengdu and Hangzhou was attended by more than 250 architects from design institutions, developers, academics, and local government officials. The theme of the seminar focused around the feasibility of wood frame and heavy timber applications in China. 

Both speakers are structural engineers with extensive experience and knowledge with working with wood. Mr. CC Yao, a principal at a Canadian consulting firm, Read Jones Christoffersen, and Mr. Reed Kelterborn, a technical advisor at FII China, gave compelling case studies of projects in China that have utilized wood in innovative ways.  

The seminars marked FII China and Canada Wood China’s third collaboration in bringing together industry experts that support increasing wood frame applications in China. The “Architect Outreach Program” receives great support from the Zhejiang MOHURD, the China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute, China Codes and Standards Timber Design Management Committee, and Canadian Trade office in Chengdu, the Hangzhou MOC and School of Architecture of Zhejiang University.

 

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Zhejiang Province Minister of Housing and Urban Rural Development (MOHURD) Tan Yueming signs the Memorandum of Agreement while attendees witness the event
ZHEJIANG MOHURD AND BC MINISTRY OF MFLNRO SIGNS A MOU
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson and Tan Yueming, Minister of Housing and Urban Rural Development in China’s Zhejiang province, signed a Memorandum...More

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson and Tan Yueming, Minister of Housing and Urban Rural Development in China’s Zhejiang province, signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to increase the use of wood-frame construction in China. This agreement comes on the heels of Minister Thomson’s 2013 trade mission to China that included a visit to Zhejiang province. 

The Province of Zhejiang had expressed interest in developing wood-frame construction expertise in its growing tourism sector and other applications. In China, memoranda of understanding are the first step toward increasing commercial activity. 

The MOU calls on the two governments to promote the use of environmentally friendly low-carbon, wood-frame construction, develop wood-frame construction codes and standards for application in China, and organize exchange visits for government and representatives to share technical and experience and knowledge.

B.C. will also increase co-operation with Zhejiang on wood-frame construction research, with a specific focus on local construction needs in Zhejiang province, including government-funded public building projects and home renovations.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the parties were unable to arrange a time to sign the MOU in person. The MOU signing ceremony was held via video conference, marking the first time a Zhejiang province government agency has participated in such an event.  
 

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