Mr. Wang Rong-jing, Director General of the Architecture and Building Research Institute, MOI and Mr. Jordan Reeves, Representative of the Canadian Trade Office in Taiwan (CTOT) signed the “Memorandum of Understanding between Taiwan and Canada concerning Wood Construction” on December 12, 2018 jointly witnessed by the Minister Hsu Kuo-Yung, MOI and Director Dr. Sarah Taylor, the North Asian and Oceania Affairs, Canada. In the future, the two sides will further their cooperation in a closer relationship in the areas of technology research in relation of building, regulations and standards, and wood structure industry so as to achieve furthermore development in building safety and sustainability, and realize the diverse value in economics, culture, and art.
Hsu Kuo-Yung, Minister of the Interior (second from right), Sarah Taylor, Director of the North Asian and Oceania Affairs, Canada (second from left), the signatory representatives, Wang Rong- jing, Director General of the Architecture and Building Research Institute (right), and Jordan Reeves, Representative of CTOT (left), present the three versions of MOU.
Taiwan has been actively advocating the development of green building over the last decade and has obtained great outcomes in Taiwan. With the advantage of green architecture of tropical countries, Taiwan will promote green building in line with her New Southbound Policy, said Hsu Kuo-Yung. Wood-framed buildings have been highly applauded in the areas of CO2 reduction, wastes reduction, and healthy indoor environment among the 9 key indexes of the “Ecology, Energy Efficiency, Waste Reduction, Health (EEWH)” for green buildings in Taiwan. After the signing of this MOU, both the contracting parties could broaden the horizon of cooperation and technology exchange, which will help Taiwan in the development of the construction industry and creation of more sustainable and safe buildings and living environments.
Ministry of the Interior Hsu Kuo-Yung gave an address in the “Signing Ceremony for Memorandum of Understanding on Wood Construction between Taiwan and Canada”
Wood-framed low-storey buildings are common in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Japan. The development of new wood-based building materials in recent years has allowed for the use of the material in building large assembly halls, stadiums, and high rise buildings in other countries. Different countries have different urban settings and different environmental background vulnerable to natural disasters. Under the prerequisites of safety and sustainable development, Taiwan is cautious but optimistic about the development of wood-framed buildings.
Canada has plenty of experience concerning wood construction. The signing of the MOU between the two bodies could help to upgrade the education and research level of wood-framed buildings in Taiwan, according to the Ministry of Interior. Furthermore, positive efforts will be made in the sharing and exchange of information on fire safety of wood construction, green building design, and seismic resistance technology, and the training and education of related design professionals, holding joint conferences of wood-framed building and green buildings for further research on related joint projects. The Ministry of the Interior expected the signing of this MOU could establish the channels for communications between the government, industry, and academia on both sides in order to bolster the cooperation for structuring sustainable wood-framed buildings with a concerted effort.
Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-Yung (second from right in the front row) and the guests