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UNB researcher exploring safer greener buildings for China - NB Business Journal

Author: Communications

Posted on Jan 13, 2011

Category: myUNB , In the Media

In the cavernous basement that's part workshop and part laboratory beneath the University of New Brunswick's Wood Science Technology Centre in the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Complex, a small house is being constructed with laminated structural wood to test for strength and humidity control.
Meanwhile, 14,000 kilometres away, housing construction companies in China are searching for building materials that are earthquake resistant. Meng Gong, the centre's director, was in China in December meeting with officials interested in our wood, our wood technology and our wood research. He also visited construction sites in China that are using Canadian wood. "We discovered there is great potential for New Brunswick timber manufacturers," he said. "Right now, wood construction in China is in the infancy stage. "They can learn a lot from Canada." Read the full story at the New Brunswick Business Journal.