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BC Lumber Goes to China


June 13, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Canada’s forest industry is once again colliding with China, only this time, BC is doing the exporting.

Canada’s forest industry is once again colliding with China, only this time, BC is doing the exporting.

A relief plan scheduled to be announced by Gordon Campbell on June 13 for victims of the May 12 earthquake in China, will see lumber from the western province used to construct temporary shelter for those who lost their homes in the quake. According to a recent report by the Vancouver Sun, more than 69,000 lives were lost in the natural disaster, and 1.4 million survivors have been found. Of those, up to five million could require shelter.

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The Sun further confirmed Rick Jeffery, president of the Coast Forest Products Association, as saying the Canada Wood Group and Forestry Innovation Investment have created a proposal that would introduce BC wood and Canadian wood-frame construction technology to the relief efforts in China’s Sichuan province.

“These would be seismically-superior, energy-efficient wood frame homes using Canadian technology and Canadian building products,” The Vancouver Sun reported Jeffery as saying.

While Chinese homes are traditionally constructed with stone or concrete, the wooden ‘miracle house’ that remained intact after the quake, while the buildings surrounding it were demolished, has increased interest in wood as a building material in the Asian country, the Sun confirmed.


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