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For Immediate Release
Oct. 30, 2010

Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands
Natural Resources Canada





SHANGHAI, CHINA – The B.C. forestry trade mission visited the future construction site of three buildings that will feature wood-frame construction, located at the heart of what will become the largest affordable housing community in Shanghai.


In November 2009, the City of Shanghai endorsed the use of wood-frame construction for its affordable housing projects. Construction of the administration building, cultural centre and service building for the Sanlin Affordable Housing Project will begin in early 2011.


“Canada and B.C. continue to build and strengthen our important relationship with the Shanghai Housing Bureau,” said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “Under their Affordable Housing Program, China plans to build an additional six million affordable housing units by the end of 2011. Our goal here is to demonstrate how wood-frame construction can help them meet their housing needs.”


“This is an exciting opportunity,” said B.C. Minister of Forests, Mines and Lands Pat Bell. “The three public building will be the most frequently used structures in the entire community. This will allow us to extend awareness of wood’s many benefits beyond developers and government officials to an even broader audience – the Chinese families who will make the community of Sanlin their home.”


The community’s administration building (6,915 square metres) and the cultural building (3,360 square metres) will be hybrid structures. They will have a concrete first floor topped with three storeys made entirely from wood. A four-storey design is common throughout China for mixed-use buildings. The use of wood on the top three floors is an innovation that is of particular interest to commercial developers.


The service building (10,700 square metres) will be a concrete structure with wood infill partition walls, which form the walls of the rooms inside the concrete exterior shell.


Under a 2009 agreement with the Shanghai Affordable Housing Bureau, Canada and B.C. will provide design, quality assurance and lumber products for the three structures with approximately $500,000 in funding from Natural Resources Canada.



The City of Shanghai provides the land at a heavily reduced price so that housing developers can sell ordinary multi-family residences at a lower than market prices, thereby generating more affordable housing options for Shanghai families.


Photos of the Sanlin Affordable Housing Project will be available on the Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands website:





Media Contacts:

Cheekwan Ho

Public Affairs Officer

Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands

250 387-8482

Richard Walker

Director of Communications

Office of the Minister

Natural Resources Canada


613 996-2007


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