Vancouver, British Columbia-headquartered Canada Wood Korea and the Korean Institute of Architects (KIA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to help Korean architects and designers work better with Canadian wood. The technical co-operation agreement was signed on December 7 by senior forest industry representatives on the Forestry Asia Trade Mission, which consisted of a group of more than 40 delegates including industry, research, labour, First Nations, and government. The group visited the Gapyeong Canada Village Project, which uses wood products from B.C. and other parts of Canada and is the result of a 2013 MoU signed by Canada Wood Korea, the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation, and Dreamsite Korea. KIA will benchmark Canadian best practices for wood-frame residential housing, wood interior walls, and ‘Super-E/Net-Zero’ housing design, a standard set by Natural Resources Canada where a home produces all needed energy from renewable sources and releases no carbon from the burning of fossil fuels. South Korea is B.C.’s fifth-largest market for wood products, with softwood lumber exports totalling over C$73 million in 2017. The Canada Wood Group helps Canadian wood products manufacturers diversify and expand export opportunities for their products in traditional and emerging overseas markets, including Japan, China, South Korea, and India.