KWCA’s 5 Star Program Marks Milestone of 300th Certified Home

By: Tae Hwang

Program Manager / Market Development & Market Access, Canada Wood Korea

The 5-Star Quality Certification program, initiated by Canada Wood Korea, celebrated the occasion of its 300th certified home in a plaque unveiling ceremony on May 20, 2022.  The Korea Wood Construction Association (KWCA), managing partner of the program presented the homeowner with its  plaque of excellence for quality construction. The ceremony was attended by Gug-sig Lee, KWCA chairman and other members of the association.

Homeowner and Chairman of KWCA hanging the 5-star plaque
Celebration ceremony held in front of the building

Launched in 2009, the voluntary quality certification program is structured on a set of comprehensive standards addressing all critical areas of the building integrity.  Factors assessed in a successful certification include: air tightness, energy efficiency, moisture control, sound proofing and others. Since inception, the program has established itself as an essential instrument in KWCA’s efforts to promote and enhance quality construction of wood buildings in Korea.

Logo of the 5-Star Certification Program

The demand for quality wood buildings of all sizes is growing in South Korea. The combined impact of construction quality legislation and demand from homeowners for comfortable and durable homes has led to growing recognition of the 5-star program by government agencies, municipalities and Korean building research institutes. Started from single-family homes, the program has expanded into public and non-residential building sectors with 9 such projects being certified.

KWCA’s 5-star inspectors at the site of Nowon District Library, one of the certified public building projects

More photos of the certified home project