New Tianjin economic development area to pilot wooden construction

Canada Wood China will be part of a pilot project to construct three four-storey office buildings in Tianjin, China, an initiative that will see CW China and Chinese partner, Tianjin based BSD-TEDA, optimise and fine-tune the production and installation of the wood infill wall solution within an actual construction project.

Details of the project involve the research, development and application of prefabricated non-load bearing Energy Efficient Wood Wall technology at the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) funded Sino-Canadian low-carbon eco-district project in Tianjin.

BSD TEDA views the wood infill wall system as an energy efficient solution that can be prefabricated and help speed up their construction time. Tianjin has one of China’s strictest requirements for energy efficiency.

However actual performance is required to convince future partner companies that this system is feasible for them. It will also provide CW China with a better understanding of the cost viability of the wood infill wall and help flag any technical issues that need to be resolved.

The partnership was sealed with an MOU on December 1, 2016, signed at the Canadian embassy in Beijing during the China-leg of the annual B.C. Forest Sector Mission to Asia. 

MOU Signing with BSD-TEDA and CW China on the commercial trial project at the Sino-Canadian Low Carbon Eco-district demonstration project

Background on the Tianjin eco-district project

The Tianjin eco-district project is China’s first large-scale community-sized demonstration area for wood in construction. The Tianjin Sino-Canada Low Carbon Eco-District Demonstration Project aims to adapt suitable Canadian best practices in sustainable urban planning, community infrastructure and buildings for mixed-use, waterfront developments. The project also hopes to maximise the opportunities to integrate the use of innovative Canadian products, services and technologies. This includes, but is not limited to, wood in construction, energy efficiency and alternative energy and clean technologies for water and waste.

The Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development’s involvement in the eco-district project will enable buildings to be legally approved as test cases, which presents an opportunity to demonstrate wood construction designs that go beyond the current code limitations, for example, building height and limitations on the use of innovative wood materials such as cross-laminated timber (CLT). This type of approach can be an effective way to relax current code restrictions.