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Korea Wood Show 2014 Spectacular!

Sunny Kim

By Sunny Kim

Program Manager / Market Development & Market Access, Canada Wood Korea

August 8, 2014

Kerry Haggkvist presents on tall wood buildings.

Kerry Haggkvist presents on tall wood buildings.

With Alberta’s SRD grant, CWK in collaboration with Media Wood held a full daylong WFC technical seminar during the Korea Wood Show 2014 to deliver wood technology and promote Canadian wood products to professionals and consumers. The Korea Wood Show 2014 was a B to B trade show featuring wood, wood products and woodworking machinery, organized for the first time by Media Wood at COEX in Seoul from June19 to June 22.

CWK invited Kerry Haggkvist, Construction Specialist of Canada Wood China, as a guest speaker to present a topic on “Using Wood in Tall and Large Buildings” in a full day seminar held on June 21. Kerry started his presentation with Michael Green’s intriguing video “Why we should build wooden skyscrapers” which instantly grabbed the attention of all attendees. In the video, Michael Green shows that 30 storey buildings with wood is not only possible but necessary in order to meet the challenge of housing 3 billion people and to reduce carbon emissions in building sector.

Michael Green's captured the attention of audience (Image captured from TEDTalks)

Michael Green’s captured the attention of audience (Image captured from TEDTalks)

The presentation proceeded with introduction of the latest developments and innovations not only in wood frame construction such as six storey residential or mixed use buildings in Canada, and but also in post and beam system, mass timber system and hybrid systems, which enabled 10 storey residential wood building in Australia and 29.25 m tall Wood Design and Innovation Centre in Canada, the tallest wood building in North America. Kerry ended his presentation with introduction and case studies of infill wall or so-called “Wood Wall” applications both in Korea and China.