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The First 3 Houses Certified Under the Combined 5-Star and Korea Super-E® Program

Tae Hwang

By Tae Hwang

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

May 6, 2019

For the first time, the certification of the 5-Star Construction Quality and Korea Super-E® program were combined and three houses received the certifications for their superior construction quality and energy efficiency performance.

The combined certification program was implemented in 2018 when the Korean Wood Construction Association (KWCA) increased its capacity and became the Service Organization for Korea Super-E® Program. KWCA’s member companies have actively participated in various training programs in both Korea and Canada, delivered in collaboration with the Super-E® Office/Energy Efficient Exporters Alliance (EEEA). Before the implementation of the Combined Certification Program, homes were certified under either Korea Super-E® Program or 5-Star respectively.

The three houses located in Seoul, Wanju in Jeonbuk Province, and Jeju Island, represent three of the four climate zones in South Korea. The houses achieved very high thermal performance by incorporating best practices and latest technologies. The average airtightness of the 3 Super-E® Certified Houses was 0.68 ACH at 50 Pa. The house in Jeju Island, designed and built by JD Homeplan, recorded a remarkable 0.3 ACH.

Did you know:
Super E® is a housing standard developed by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) that builds on the highly successful R-2000 and Advanced Housing Programs. It utilizes state of the art construction techniques that promote energy conservation, environmentally responsible construction and healthy housing. All Super E® homes have passed a series of stringent tests including computerized energy consumption simulations, air leakage tests, and ventilation flow and balancing, which are all verified by an approved independent third party.

Last year, the Tianjin Sino-Canada eco-district project in China built 100 townhomes to the Super E® standards and is the first large-scale deployment of its kind.

Gallery of Sino-Canada Eco-district project can be viewed from the below link: