KICT’s Net Zero Carbon Wood Building Demonstration Projects

By: Tai Jeong

Country Director, Canada Wood Korea

Korean objectives to reach full net-zero performance by 2050 will require significant changes in its construction sector. As such, the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, also known as KICT, is playing its part in lowering the sector’s carbon footprint. The organization has initiated two net-zero demo projects that showcase mass timber’s innovative application in architectural design and highlight the significant role wood can play in reducing carbon emissions in the built environment.

Gaho-dong Annex Building

KICT is a building technology research agency funded by the Korean government with dedicated expertise in research and development, policymaking, and accreditation powers including fire-resistant construction certifications.

The two demonstration projects- a library building located in Seoul, and another office building in Jinju city are made possible with the funding support from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Korean government (MoLIT). Korean Wood Construction Association (KWCA) member companies provide consulting support to both projects to ensure that construction standards meet the KWCA’s 5-star construction quality certification program, the highest industry standard. The 5-star program was conceptualized by Canada Wood Korea and later adopted by the KWCA for independent operation.

Gaho-dong Annex Building
Nowon-gu Library

Upon completion, the two demonstrations will provide unique educational opportunities for industry professionals leading future sustainability efforts in Korea.