China and Canada teaming up for green building partnership


Huawei's campus Bantian Longgang, near Shenzhen, China

Canada’s ministry of Natural Resources Canada signed a memorandum of understanding on Sept 4 at the Canadian embassy in Beijing to kick-start a green-building relationship between the two nations.

According to reports, in the next five years, other industries in Canada will have opportunities to provide wood, as well as green-building solutions and technologies in the district, according to the MOU. Greg Rickford, minister of NRcan, who visited China to participate in last week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Ministers’ meeting, said:

“Canada sees the tremendous demand for green-building materials and technologies for China’s urbanization…Canada’s wood can and should play a significant role in China’s green building goals.”

Chen Rong, an official with China’s ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), said the country will launch its new standards for green building in 2015:

“The Chinese government is promoting using environmental and energy-efficient construction material and technology, including wood…Though Chinese people have a long tradition of wood building, for instance the Forbidden City, the scarce forest resources and large need of housing have made it impossible to develop wood housing and technology in the past decades. Now we welcome that Canada can provide high-quality wood products and green construction technologies.”

Wood export from Canada to China has seen dramatic rise in the past decade, from 104 million Canadian dollars in 2004 to 1.9 billion in 2013, making Canada China’s biggest softwood supplier by replacing Russia.

“China has the world’s largest and fastest-growing construction market, so It is wise to use wood to meet the construction needs and fulfill the government’s promise on cutting emission,” said Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada’s ambassador to China. “Canada leads the world on sustainable forest management, which ensures stable domestic and overseas supplements and environmental protection of forest land,” he said.

Source: Intelligent Building Today

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