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Korean Technical Mission to Canada Reflects Growing Interests in Wood Buildings

June Moon

By June Moon

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

August 8, 2019

To learn more about advanced building systems in Japan and Canada, 17 Korean delegates joined a 12-day Technical Mission to Canada for Industrialized Wood Frame Construction (WFC) Technology from July 3-14. We were excited to have many architects join on this mission because, in Korea, architects are the ones driving wood-frame construction trends and projects.

Some highlights for them were learning about the Midply wall 2.0, which is an major upgrade on the current Midply system that provides better insulation, at FPInnovations; exploring the limits of sustainable buildings while touring a new Net-zero private home under the living building challenge in Vancouver; and seeing the advantages of using Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT) at the MEC Head office buildings and other leading wood buildings in UBC. It was a great opportunity for delegates to see the different uses of the Midply wall system, how to further design energy-efficient buildings, and explore the different design capability of NLT.

One of the delegates was Mr. Lee Kwang-hoon, CEO of ‘D’ Company who built Korea’s first Super-E House in Canada Village in Korea. As a strong advocate for wood buildings, he was recently featured on ARIRANG TV, a global TV network based in Seoul. He shared how “Super-E houses are built to maximize energy efficiency only with physical performance of the building materials, without using artificial energy-generating resources such as geothermal or solar power. It is an energy-efficient house with more than doubled energy efficiency compared to ordinary houses.”

We are excited to see wood enthusiasts like Lee Kwang-hoon learn and take the lead in wood construction in Korea. Through this mission, we look forward to him using more Canadian wood in his future projects.

This technical mission provided a great opportunity for delegates to see new ways to build safe, sustainable, and cost-effective structures and new tools that respond to the needs of early adopters of innovative systems.

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