Tallest wood building construction proceeding smoothly
The National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS) announced the 5 storey CLT wood building with CLT in 2018 which would be the tallest wood building in Korea. To enable it, NIFoS has conducted research and tests on structural performance, sound insulation and the fire resistance of wood in order to meet requirements on the Korea Building Code.
NIFoS held an on-site briefing about this tall wood mass timber building. Mr. Lee, president of NIFoS said, “The smooth progress of the construction of the tallest wood building is the signal of a new leap in the era of high-rise wood building in Korea.” And he also added, “As the safety and excellence of wood building has already been proved all over the world, we will make efforts to build a 10-storey wood demonstration apartment in the near future.”
The CLT using Korean larch is the main structural system of this building. The light wood frame system on both exterior and interior partition walls was applied. I think the success of this wood building would play an important role in development of wood construction industry in that it would provide good recognition on wood as a building material. As a result, more tall wood mass timber buildings will be likely to be built.