China approves use of Japanese softwood for housing
The China Wood Structural Design Standard will be revised in August to allow the use of Japanese cedar, cypress and larch for post and beam construction in China after over seven years of discussion between the Wood Export Promotion Association of Japan (WEPA) and the Housing Construction department of China.
The breakthrough in negotiations means Japan now is able to export value-added pre-cut lumber to China. The WEPA has been eagerly promoting Japanese wood for years by building model homes and holding educational seminars.
However, for actual construction, Chinese architects still must be trained for design and carpenters, for construction. Canada’s 2x4 housing was approved for use in China in 1998.