R & D outlook

"While codes and standards for wood construction and products are based on the latest in research and development and on current requirements, they will in the future continue to adapt and evolve to accommodate changing requirements and new opportunities."

Mr. Long Weiguo, President of South West Design Institute, Chairman of China GB 50005 Code Committee, March 2010

The wood construction code system in China is science-based, with contributions to continuing Chinese research from Canada, Europe and other countries. Much of this co-operative research is conducted in China during the development of codes. Examples include:

  • Fire tests at TFRI (Tianjin Fire Research Institute) to evaluate the maximum fire resistance for different wall assemblies (load and non-load bearing exterior and interior walls)
  • Shake table tests at Tongji University of a full-size two-storey wood frame house to simulate severe seismic conditions
  • In-grade timber tests at CAF (The Chinese Academy of Forestry) to assess the mechanical properties of domestic and imported timber used in China for structural use
  • Durability evaluations by Chinese institutes responsible for research in wood deterioration from biological agents to establish appropriate durability design and construction guidelines for Chinese climatic conditions.

Co-operative research work in these areas, as well as in energy efficiency and environmental impact, is moving forward quickly. This will provide the base knowledge for future code revisions. Building codes, including those that regulate wood construction, will continue to evolve to meet China's priorities and objectives. This will benefit multiple family housing, building construction costs, annual energy savings, overall environmental footprint, and the expanded use of wood in its numerous applications.

European Wood (in China)
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Sino-European Wood Center
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