QC Certification Program Celebrated
KWCA Marks 100th 5 Star Construction Quality Certification Application
Korea Wood Construction Association (KWCA) held a ceremony to mark the 100th application for 5 Star, a voluntary wooden construction quality certification program established in 2009 with support from Canada Wood, on August 3 at the site of wood frame single family house near Seoul designed by Hangil Architects and being built by builder Homento.
KWCA’s new leadership, Chairman Kil Wang Jang, he himself a builder of several 5 Star Certified houses, and the Executive Director / Ph.D. Dong-Heub Lee, a former researcher with Korea Forest Research Institute, are working hard to reinvigorate the program and numbers are showing the result of their efforts. 18 applications have been registered so far this year and currently 9 projects are in certification process, making the total number of application to 104.
Certified projects will be featured in consumer magazines and trade newspapers for promotion of the program and participating members to consumers. And participating members are provided with updated 5 Star Quality Manual, Checklist and pre-inspection training sessions by KWCA. KWCA is also considering making participation in the program a mandatory requirement for maintaining membership for all builder members.
Canada Wood Korea’s Country Director Tai Jeong attended the ceremony and conducted framing inspection jointly with KWCA’s directors of 5 Star, architect committee and technical committee members. Owner of the house, reporters from several trade newspapers and consumer magazines were also present at the ceremony.