The governments of China, Canada and British Columbia have signed an agreement to build a six-storey, wood-frame demonstration structure in Beijing.
“This is an attempt to show the Chinese what is achievable with wood construction and do it in a segment that is high density with a lot of apartment structures,” said Paul Newman, Council of Forest Industries (COFI) executive director, market access and trade.
“One key reason, we are looking at Beijing is that it has a harsh climate, which will allow us to demonstrate the thermal energy savings that can be achieved from building with wood.”
The five-year agreement with the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development was signed in Beijing during a recent trade mission to promote the sale of B.C. wood products in China.
“This agreement will help China adapt our systems to their unique needs and, in the process, open up the Chinese market to more Canadian lumber and wood products,” said Christian Paradis, Canada’s minister of natural resources.
The deal includes the construction of a commercially developed six-storey structure to demonstrate wood-frame design to Chinese developers, officials and consumers.