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KOREAN KBS TV program telling story of Evolving Wood House

June Moon

By June Moon

Technical Assistant / Market Development & Market Access, Canada Wood Korea

April 5, 2019

To address people’s growing concerns of the impact of building on environment and carbon footprint, KBS Morning News Time, a nationwide TV channel broadcasted a program titled to introduce wood frame construction that unlike traditional Korean wooden house. The program shares ideas of why this is an environmentally-friendly building solution that offers both warm feeling and stylish looking and also can be advanced to build mid-rise structures.

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This house featured by the program is a prefab home built and finished in factory and assembled on the job site. This industrialized building method thanks to the advancing technology development gains attention from the industry.

[Yoon-hee Cho / Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do: “Once you turn on the boiler, it keeps the indoor temperature warm and can last long till the afternoon even after the gas is turned off. It saves on heating bill.]

The homeowner of this house also compared the energy bill savings between this wood house and their previous concrete apartment.

[Kook-bo Sim / Research Officer, Korea Forest Research Institute: “Trees absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere through photosynthesis and the carbon stored in the wood reduces the greenhouse gas. The amount of carbon sequestered in a 99m² light wood frame house is equivalent to eight cars off the road for a year.”]

That is why wood frame construction is gaining attractions. The program emphasized that we need to make efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and encourage the use of wood for carbon sequester in the long term.

[Kook-bo Sim / Research Officer, Korea Forest Research Institute: “The thermal conductivity of wood is low. Even when the wood on the outside catches fire, the wood on the inside will remain unaffected for quite a period. In other words, wood frame houses are not vulnerable to fire.”]