For Immediate Release
Nov. 2, 2010
Ministry of Forests,
Mines and Lands
WOOD-FRAME BUILDING PROJECT PLANNED FOR BEIJING
BEIJING, CHINA – An agreement signed today with Beijing National Building Materials shows that Chinese interest in Canadian construction technology and B.C. wood products is reaching new heights, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, and B.C. Forests, Mines and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today.
“China’s commitment to wood-frame construction is rapidly increasing,” said Minister Paradis. “Chinese developers are recognizing that buildings based on Canadian construction techniques can conserve energy, reduce carbon emissions and speed up construction times.”
“Beijing National Building Materials is expanding its scope into the wood-frame construction sector with a number of different projects around China,” said Bell. “This agreement is the start of a long-term working relationship with a very influential, national-level player who will maximize the promotion of wood-frame products in the Chinese marketplace.”
The agreement is for Beijing National Building Materials (BNBM) to build a wood-frame building in Beijing with technical support from Canada Wood China.
BNBM is one of China’s largest building materials companies and a major manufacturer of prefabricated homes. They build more than 10,000 homes each year.
BNBM is also building a three-storey, wood-frame and concrete “Market Street” building in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province in the Chinese interior. Canada and B.C. are sponsoring the Market Street project with design support, quality assurance, and lumber materials. It is the final phase of the $8-million earthquake reconstruction program announced in 2008 by Canada and B.C.
Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and forest industry trade associations have been jointly marketing lumber products and technology in China together for the past seven years. Canada is now the largest supplier of softwood lumber to China, having surpassed Russian in the first quarter of 2010. China is now B.C.’s largest offshore market for wood by volume as well as the fastest growing.
Photos from the B.C. forestry trade mission to China are available at:
Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
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