Treated Wood Technical Seminar Recognizes Need for Revision of Korean Preservation Standards
Canada Wood Korea in collaboration with the Korea Wood Preservation Association (KWPA) held the International Technical Seminar on Treated Wood on March 17, 2017 in Seoul. Three speakers for the seminar came from Canada, Japan and Korea.
41 key stakeholders representing not only industry such as members of KWPA, Korea Wood Association, Korea Wood Construction Association, Korea Federation of Wood Industrial Society, Canadian wood product agents but also government, research and standard-writing institutes such as Korea Forest Service, National Institute of Forest Science, formerly known as Korea Forest Research Institute, and Korea Forestry Promotion Institute attended the seminar.
The first speaker, Daisuke Tezuka of Kanematsu Sustec Co. introduced overview of Japanese codes, standards, certification and quality control relating to wood preservation on behalf of Japan Wood Preservation Association. The second speaker, Dr. Paul Morris of FPInnovations explained the background and need for the separation of residential and industrial products in wood preservation standards, Canadian Use Categories and CSA Residential Products Groups.
The final speaker, Prof. Jong Bum Ra of Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology presented a strong case for revising or easing Korean Preservation Standards to expand the use of refractory wood species in certain use categories and creating separate standard for residential products by analyzing the industry, market, standards and enforcement of Sustainable Use of Wood Law. Prof. Ra also presented the result of the 6th year field testing inspection of the Spruce and Hemlock specimens treated to CSA O80 Standards at Jinju field testing site, which evidently supports his claims. Equipped with the fresh performance data to back him up, he was confident about the need for revising standards. But it remains to be seen whether the message was got through to the key regulator and code-writers who attended the seminar.