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.