Editor’s pickB.C. and China join hands to promote green construction


The Honourable Premier of British Columbia John Horgan makes an opening remarks at the forum in Beijing on January 24th, 2018. Image: Canada Wood.

Canada Wood China has joined hands with the Chinese government to promote wood construction and green building at a recent policy forum in Beijing.

Led by Canada Wood China, the government of British Columbia and China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), the “International Policy Forum on Wood Construction and Green Building” held in Beijing on Jan 24 shared best practices on wood construction, with a focus on opportunities for future collaboration.

The Honourable Premier of British Columbia John Horgan and Chen Yimin, Chief Engineer of MOHURD, made the opening remarks.

“China is increasingly focused on environmentally sustainable construction, and B.C. is taking every opportunity to promote the environmental benefits of wood building products and systems,” said Horgan. “We are not only marketing wood products and technologies, but also engaging with key government policy and decision makers, so we can expand markets for B.C. forestry products.”

China is the second largest export market of B.C. softwood after the United States. B.C. softwood products exported to China totaled 5 billion yuan ($1 billion) in 2016, 14 times more compared to 345 million yuan in 2003.

“We are seeing rapid developments in the wood construction industry, which is in line with China’s strategic efforts in sustainable growth and green development,” said Wen Linfeng, Deputy Director General at the Center of Science & Technology and Industrialization Development of MOHURD.

Professors from Nanjing Tech University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Beijing Forestry University and Shanghai Tongji University also shared about wood construction industry policies in Europe and Japan as well as R&D efforts of mid-to-high rise wooden buildings in China and abroad.

The forum also invited three experts from Canada who introduced the idea of embodied carbon in wood construction.

Over 200 delegates attended. They were mostly senior government officials, university professors, designers and developers.

“This is another successful event under the Joint Work Committee framework between China and Canada,” said Dr Hou Wenjun, Deputy Director from the division of International Science & Technology Cooperation, MOHURD.

“It provided abundant and valuable industry information in terms of policy drivers, market trends and technical interpretations. We do appreciate the efforts from our Canadian partners.”