Joint Canada Wood China and Korea Quality Support Team in Action for GICO Project
Frequently when Koreans imagine wood frame construction, they think of exposed heavy timbers, mud walls, and clay tile roofs. There’s a lot of difficult joinery and air leaks are prevalent. Now with the introduction of modern wood frame, people are becoming to realize that not only is it an easier form of construction, but the energy efficiency of a modern wood frame house ranks at the top of the charts.
To capitalize on this advantage, Dreamsite Korea, a well-known housing developer, in collaboration with Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation (GICO) has started a massive development near the nation’s capital. Houses include thicker and/or higher density layers of insulation, comprehensive air barrier, quality sealing triple glazing windows and heat recovery ventilators.
Early on, the developer realized that wood construction offered the best structural system for achieving high quality energy performance. But challenges still remained. Most notably were the difficulty in completing a structural design and then building the structure on site. That opened a big opportunity for Canada Wood.
Over the past year, the CW China and Korea’s QS team has worked together with KAWA, the architectural firm responsible for master planning and designing of houses and community Centre, to prepare both design and structural drawings for the project. It was an educational experience for some of the younger designers who had never designed with wood before.
Recently, Kerry Haggkvist joined Tae Hwang in a visit to the large development. It was exciting to tour the 4 demonstration houses used as a sales center. Choosing wood for construction made the energy efficiency levels achievable. Later in the day, the two visited the KAWA office too. It was time to reflect on what had been achieved so far in the design of the GICO project.
Mr. Choi from KAWA finds great interest in the wood frame projects. He shared with the two his new plans for using CLT in an upcoming project. It will be the first time CLT products have been used in Korea and represents a reward for the years of effort that Canada Wood has put into this market.