Remote Site Inspection for Super E® Certification Project

By: Tai Jeong

Country Director, Canada Wood Korea

CWK, in collaboration with Canada’s Energy Efficient Exporters’ Alliance (EEEA*) and the Korea Institute of Building Construction (KIC**), conducted the first remote site inspection for Super E® construction at the Maple Village site.  In addition to the 5 houses already certified, 5 more Super E® houses will begin this year. The Canada Village is the largest wood-frame housing development in South Korea and the first joint venture between public and private enterprises in housing development.

Three Canadian EEEA consultants participated remotely in the final blower door pressure test via CW’s online Zoom platform watching via RealWear head-mounted video. During the inspection, Canada Wood Korea staff maintain situational awareness and perform the onsite test procedure while talking, hearing and viewing feedback and data input from remote experts. Virtual inspection has become critical given current travel restrictions and shelter-in-place mandates.

Blower door tests are used to determine the building envelopes’ air tightness. To pass the Korea Super E® standards, the home must fall under 1.5 ACH @ 50pa for single-detached (1.5 air changes per hour at 50 pascals of pressure difference) and 2.0 ACH @ 50pa for semi-detached.


EEEA* (Energy Efficient Exporters’ Alliance) of Canada administers the Super-E® House Program in overseas markets under license from Natural Resources Canada. KIC** (Korean Institute of Building Construction) is one of two Super-E® designated service providers in Korea.