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Since adopting a building energy standard in 2004, the Korean Government has continued to revise and update its requirements for energy efficiency. Financial incentives and low-interest loans for projects encourage builders to meet energy efficiency targets. Additional policies that encourage the use of sustainable, environmentally friendly construction materials such as wood include The Long Life Housing Policy and the Low Carbon, Green Growth Act.

In response to South Korea’s evolving energy and sustainability standards, Canada Wood Korea re-positioned its advanced builder training courses in 2015 to align with the policy changes. In 2015, 463 architects, designers and building professionals completed related training. The resulting technology transfer will allow South Korean builders to more easily meet new energy efficiency targets by using wood in their projects.