Since 2008, when the low-carbon green growth became the national agenda in Korea, the interest in sustainable design has been increasing throughout the society. Construction industry accounts for 40% of energy consumption in Korea, necessitating the paradigm shift of architecture as the industry of energy reduction, net-zero energy as well as of plus-energy through re-generation.
It is our belief that passive design must be prioritized over active design which applies equipment system in green architecture. Passive design, a design process of carefully reviewing the local climate and conditions as well as selecting energy-saving envelope structure and materials of the building, is the essential process for reducing the energy use of the building. For effective active design, passive design must be reviewed during the early stages of planning.
Kunwon has collaborated closely with engineers from the early stages of planning for sustainable architecture that truly co-exists with nature and re-generates energy, not for a shallow scheme to getting more points for various certifications. Kunwon proposes optimal plans for individual situations by helping the owners understand sustainable architecture and through discussions on initial investment costs and its return cycle. Through research and publishing efforts, Kunwon has been at the forefront of efforts for wide applications of energy savings integrated with IT technologies.