China looks to B.C. for wood-frame housing solutions

Posted by Rumin Mann
April 25th, 2011

Minister Pat Bell and MOHURD Vice Minister Qiu Bao Xing tour the Remy six-storey project in Richmond.

Senior Chinese housing and urban-rural development officials are meeting with their Canadian counterparts in Vancouver this week to discuss how B.C. wood-frame construction can help solve China’s housing and building needs, Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell announced today.

Through a joint working committee, B.C. will share its expertise in wood-frame building design, advanced wood technologies and the environmental benefits of building with wood, including reduced greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency.

China is interested in expanding wood-frame construction to meet its national goals of reducing carbon emissions in new housing projects through greater energy efficiency and more use of sustainable building materials, such as wood.

Reflecting the importance of this relationship to China, Qiu Bao Xing, Vice Minister of the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, is attending the meeting. This is his first visit to Canada.

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