Korean regulators planning to ease the height limit on wood buildings

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) of Korea announced in end of April this year that the height limits of wood buildings will be eased as early as July 2020 to reflect the latest developments in wood construction and wood-based building products such as CLT, reported Canada Wood Korea.

Details of the amendment to the Korea Building Code-Structural (KBC-S) will be released for public review around this coming summer. The KBC-S currently limits the maximum height of wood buildings to 18 metres at the roof and 15 metres at eaves, or equivalent to a 5-storey limitation.

The tallest modern wood building in Korea is a 5-storey mixed-use building at 19.12 metres completed in 2019 in Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do. With growing interest in the safety and eco-friendly benefits offered by wood buildings, the Korea Forest Service and MOLIT have been supportive in promoting tall wood construction. The organisation plans to build a 10-storey wood apartment tower in the near future with a goal to remove the code barrier that limits more widespread wood construction in the mid-rise sector in South Korea.