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.