SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, May 22, 2018 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government has concluded an agreement with the Korea Energy Foundation and the Korea Institute of Energy Technology on May 21, and they will repair old houses and increase energy efficiency at the same time as a pilot program for 17 households in the Seogye-dong neighborhood of Yongsan-gu, one of the designated areas for urban regeneration project.
When the test program is completed there, the three will gradually expand it to other urban regeneration areas. This “package” program is aimed at improving the living environments of the residents and saving energies at the same time.
According to the plan, old houses will be diagnosed in their energy performance, and then obsolete insulation materials, windows, and boilers will be replaced, which will increase energy efficiency. Besides, solar panels and vibration dampers will be provided free of charge if needed. The Seoul Metropolitan Government expects that each house will be allowed to save energy by 25 percent through this program.
According to a survey by the Seoul Institute, the satisfaction of Korean visitors about Seoullo was 5.49 point out of 7. They responded they visited it usually for the purpose of taking a rest and a walk, or enjoying views of downtown Seoul on there. The places they visited before or after visiting the Seoullo were, they answered, Namdaemun Market (38.6%) and Seoul Station (23.9%).
In case of the house repairing, a public architect designated by the city government will visit each household to inspect it to decide the construction. It is conducted both in the exterior, such as roofing and fencing, and interior of the house, e.g. changing wallpapers.
In particular in Seogye-dong, the city government will link roads improvement and “themed stairs” development to this program to maximize the effect of urban regeneration. For instance, alleys and the roof, fence and exterior walls of the buildings will be matched to the surrounding landscape.