Series of Super-E Workshops guided Energy Efficient WFC in Korea

Jack Zhou, CEA

Canada Wood Korea in collaboration with Super-E Office/Energy Efficient Exporters Alliance (EEEA) held two Super-E Workshops in both November and December, 2017 to provide further training on new topics for those who attended the Advanced Technology Construction Training (ATCT) in Canada, which has focused on Super-E technology during the last 3 years.

The first Super-E Workshop, one-day program held in November in collaboration with the Korea Wood Construction Association (KWCA), has focused on training HOT2000 energy simulation and design software developed by the Natural Resources Canada. Jack Zhou, the Certified Energy Advisor from Ontario and EEEA consultant, shared his extensive experiences not only in running the software but also on methodical preparations for inputs gained from more than 5,000 simulations.

Hot2000 Software Workshop participants

Simulation by use of HOT2000 software is not only critical when performance path is chosen for the Super-E standard compliance but also mandatory to verify the compliance to the Super-E Standards.

The second Workshop in December, half a day program delivered by Ken Klassen, EEEA’s Senior Consultant, focused on introduction of proper installation of exterior insulation. Continuous exterior insulation has become more important to improve energy efficiency and to minimize thermal bridging and Exterior Insulation

Ken Klassen

Finish System (EIFS) is very common in Korea. Ken has also introduced Net Zero and Net Zero Ready and labelling initiative of the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA).

Special guests, including the first Super-E Builder in Korea, Jae Wan Yoo, and the second Super-E Builder, Gab Bong Kim were invited for panel discussion at the end of the workshop.

Participation in the 2017 Korea Wood Design Awards

The 2017 Korea Wood Design Awards that has been sponsored by Canada Wood Korea since 2006 was held at the Hyundae Hillstate Gallery, Seoul from November 22.

The awards were given to the completed works and planning. The completed works award went to ‘CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) Single House’, which received the 2nd Super-E certification in Korea in 2016 with the technological support of Canada Wood.

‘Stay slow, leisurely’ was selected as the winning piece for the planning sector, and the award went to I-Seon Song who is the university student at the Department of Architecture, University of Ulsan. The winner of the planning sector receives an opportunity to participate in the annual Advanced Technology Construction Training conducted in Canada.

Canada Wood Seismic Design Workshop Held Successfully due to Earthquake in Pohang

Canada Wood Korea participated in the 2017 Korea Architecture Fair & Festival (KAFF) hosted by the Korea Institute of Registered Architects (KIRA) at COEX. KIRA is an association that all Korean architects are members of and it holds the KAFF to introduce various construction materials while holding seminars, etc. for architects during the event.

CWK has been setting up booths at KAFF every year and distributed ‘Guide to Good Practice’ and ‘WFC Standard Design Drawing Booklet’ published by CWK to architects visiting the booth. Furthermore, it has been sharing materials to help architects on wood structure materials and wood architecture design such as informing how to download the NLT Design & Construction Guide Brochure.

During the KAFF on November 17, the Seismic Design Workshop was held for architects and structural engineers at the COEX seminar room.  Dr. BJ Yeh of APA was invited to introduce the Wood Wall Bracing Provision of IRC-2015 with actual design cases in combination of lectures by Prof. S.S. Jang of Chungnam National University on Midply Shearwall system and Dr. K.B. Shim of National Institute of Forest Science on Tall Wood Mass Timber research in Korea.

All three lectures drew huge interest from participating architects. Moreover, due to the heightened interest in seismic design wood structure that grew due to the earthquake in Gyeongju in September of last year and the earthquake in Pohang on November 15 of this year, over 150 people attended and asked many questions after the presentations.

Korea Shows Interest in Seismic Design Wood Structure after Experiencing 2nd Earthquake

Korea experienced the biggest earthquake in its history of seismic observation as a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do in September of last year. On November 15 of this year, Korea experienced another earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 in Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

The notion that Korea is no longer safe from earthquakes and the more intensified seismic design of building codes are becoming big issues following the two earthquakes.

CWK held the Technical Mission for Midply Shearwall and Wood Wall Bracing from October 15 to 25 to find solutions for seismic designs, which intensified last year, in which 14 people participated including Korea building code writers, architects, structural engineers, and builders.

For eleven days, the participants visited Vancouver, Canada, Seattle and Tacoma in the USA, and Tokyo, Japan to have a chance to learn about new technologies of the seismic design wood structure by receiving information on wood wall bracing developed by APA-The Engineered Wood Association and the Midply Shearwall system developed by FPInnovations and visiting a demo-house built with Midply Shearwall and seismic tests on the wall at the Building Research Institute of Japan MILT.