The Canada Village
Daljeon-ri, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation (GICO)
Dreamsite Korea (DSK)
The Canada Village (Daejeon Rural Housing Complex Project) is the largest wood-frame housing development in South Korea and the first joint venture between public and private enterprises in housing development. Covering 60,000 m2 of land in Daejeon-ri, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi Province, Korea’s most populous province, the development project is the result of a 2013 MOU signed by Canada Wood Korea, the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation and Dreamsite Korea.
The project’s 154 units include 115 single-family homes, 26 duplexes and townhouses, and 13 mixed-use units. All the homes were constructed using Canadian SPF lumber and with technical support from the Canada Wood Group, a government-industry collaborative backed by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Province of British Columbia. Canada Wood Korea works with builders, developers, engineers and architects in Korea to promote the many benefits of building with high quality, sustainable forest products from Canada.
In addition to the technical support provided through Canada Wood, the Canada Village development also benefited from a donation of SPF lumber from the Province of Alberta in Canada, which was used to help construct a community centre, renamed Maple Hall as a symbol of the ongoing partnership between Korea and Canada. After planting 100+ maple trees in the community green space that surrounds the stormwater retention basin, the area will be known as “Maple Park.”
The project met another major milestone in July 2017 when the Energy Efficient Exporters Alliance (EEEA), GICO and DSK signed a memorandum of understanding related to technical, training and marketing support for the construction of thirteen Super-E® and Net-Zero Energy houses to be built in the community. Homes built to the Super E standard are energy efficient, control for moisture content, provide high-quality indoor air, and are built with environmentally preferable materials. The first two demonstration houses were successfully completed and certified as Super E® Houses in December 2017, with extensive technical support and quality assurance inspections provided by the EEEA and its consultants.
Canada Village demonstrates how the wood-frame building system can help Korea provide affordable, Super-E® energy efficient homes, and the role that sustainable forest products from Canada can play in the development of healthy, environmentally friendly building solutions.