Wood Wall Bracing Workshop Attracts Overwhelming Interest

The Wood Wall Bracing Workshop, hosted by Canada Wood Korea and held at A.T. Center on May 10th, ended in great success. While Korea is no longer safe from earthquake and has intensified the building code recently, increasing number of architects, architectural structure engineers, and constructors has shown interest in the seismic design of wood frame construction. In response to the growing interest, Canada Wood Korea held the Wood Wall Bracing Workshop with the support of APA and Chungnam National University.
The Wood Wall Bracing Workshop was filled up with all 140 applicants just in a half day after the e-mail announcement was made and many people who were late and could not apply requested for another Wood Wall Bracing Workshop.
At the Wood Wall Bracing Workshop, Professor Sang-sik Jang of Chungnam National University introduced Wood Wall Bracing and the applicants practiced structural design of wood frame construction developed with Canada Wood Korea with Excel program. A number of questions poured out during the practice session and applicants, particularly those who were immersed in the practice until the last minute, showed how they longed for the Wood Wall Bracing Workshop which showed the way to the seismic design.

Talk Concert Wishing for Successful 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering

The D-100 Talk Concert wishing for successful 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering was held in COEX, Seoul on May 9th.
The talk concert was a preparation for the successful hosting of the World Conference on Timber Engineering which marks its 30th anniversary this year, and the participants listened to the opinions from various circles and discussed the development plan, reported on current progress, and also held a press conference with the journalists invited.
“The conference will be a great opportunity to raise the level of timber engineering in Korea and connect academic values to the living and the industry,” said Chang-jae Lee, President of National Institute of Forest Science, “This year’s conference introduces a program designed to encourage and support the future generation by giving the ‘Young Scientist Award’ to promising young scientists, and the most expected part of the conference is the keynote speeches of the world’s topnotch wood frame construction experts of Japan, England, Canada, New Zealand, and Korea.”
The World Conference on Timber Engineering, the world’s largest conference that started in Seattle, America in 1988 to share the latest technological trends, research outcomes, and design innovations in timber engineering, will be held in Seoul from August 20 to 23, 2018 with over 1,200 guests from 61 countries.
Canada Wood Korea will also open a booth to introduce Midply Shear Wall system along with CLT, NLT in response to the intensification of the seismic building code and trends on Tall Wood Mass Timber.

Leading Architectural Firm and Prefabricator in Korea Join Forces for the Creation of Industrialized Wood Frame House

Gansam Architects & Partners, one of the top 10 architectural firms in Korea and Refresh House, the leading prefabricator-builder-developer of energy efficient wood frame houses, have joined their efforts together for the creation of small ready-to-order wood frame structure called “Off-site Domicile Module” or ODM. The ODM, with slogan of “Small but Enough,” has footprint of 7.25 meter x 3 meter rectangular shape with 20 m2 of floor area.

Several types of the module designed by Gansam will be built completely and entirely under the roof of Refresh House’s factory and can be transported to sites. The Nest, pictures shown in this article, is designed as small home consists of sleeping and living area, kitchen and bathroom. And other types for different uses include canteen, pop-up store, exhibition, café and etc. Also you can order single module or two modules which can be joined at the site for more space.

Industrialized construction, off-site construction or prefabrication is gaining momentum in Korea as the weather dependent traditional site building is getting less and less productive due to harsher weather arising from climate change and the shortage of skilled labours combined with rising wages.

The wooden ‘footbridge’ in Panmunjom

A bridge is a structure that connects the lands separated by a geographical obstacle such as a stream, canyon, etc. Bridges often signify connection, exchange, reunion, and mediation. The blue footbridge in Panmunjom, which was one of the meeting locations during the latest Korean summit talk, generated significant media attention as a dramatic symbol representing the historic political event.

Last April, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, well-known to the world for his enthusiasm for developing nuclear warheads and missiles, crossed the military demarcation line to visit the South Korean president Moon Jae-in for the summit talk. And in the middle of all these, there was ‘the footbridge.’ The two leaders walked along the footbridge unaccompanied to further discuss the future of the Korean peninsula.

Although the footbridge had been built a long time ago, an extension was constructed for the event by the well-known South Korean construction firm ’Nae Woe C&D.’ Nae Woe C&D is a member of KWCA(Korea Wood Construction Association) which is the most closest cooperative organization of Canada Wood Korea office. As per the person concerned, it took 2 weeks for the whole construction and used Red Pine treated lumber. The blue color in which the wooden bridge is painted signifies that the structure is under control of the UN forces. Preparing for the summit talk, the bridge was extended to connect to the sign of the demarcation line.

The summit talk was an unlikely event that reminded me of the warm aesthetics which wood material has to offer.

‘Wood is Good’. This very simple and obvious message is the motto in the Canada Wood Korea office. Tides seem to be turning in favor of lasting peace in the Korean peninsula since the two leaders chatted on the wooden ‘footbridge’. We are optimistic that good things are about to happen in the Korean wood industry, too.

CLT House received both Super-E® certification and design award

The CLT House, which was certified as the second official Super-E® House in Korea, received the grand prize in the Completed Work Category of the 2017 Korea Wood Design Awards.

The second Super-E® House was the first in Korea to apply CLT and since winning the grand prize at the Korea Wood Design Awards, more attention has been focused on the Super-E® House and CLT through articles and issues covered by a number of media outlets.

Mr. Gap-bong Kim, CEO of Stuga Wood Construction, who constructed Korea’s first CLT house participated in the first Advanced Technology Construction Training in Canada conducted in 2005 hosted by Canada Wood and became the leader of KWCA’s Super-E® Task Force Team.

KWCA made a MOU with Super-E® Office last year to act as an official service provider of Super-E® certification program in Korea and is currently working on combining their 5-Star QA Inspection program with Super-E® Certification program with support from Canada Wood Korea.