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.”

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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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