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Analysis of a Building Energy Efficiency Certification System in Korea

Duk Joon Park (), Ki Hyung Yu (), Yong Sang Yoon (), Kee Han Kim () and Sun Sook Kim ()
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Duk Joon Park: Department of Architecture, Ajou University, Suwon 443-749, Korea
Ki Hyung Yu: Building and Urban Research Institute, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, Ilsan 411-712, Korea
Yong Sang Yoon: Building and Urban Research Institute, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, Ilsan 411-712, Korea
Kee Han Kim: Building and Urban Research Institute, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, Ilsan 411-712, Korea
Sun Sook Kim: Department of Architecture, Ajou University, Suwon 443-749, Korea

Sustainability, 2015, vol. 7, issue 12, 1-22

Abstract: The Korean government has established a national plan for the promotion of zero energy buildings to respond to climate change and energy crises. To achieve this plan, several energy efficiency policies for new and existing buildings have been developed. The Building Energy Efficiency Certification System (BEECS) aims to promote the spread of high energy-efficient buildings by evaluating and certifying building energy performance. This study discussed Korean building energy efficiency policies and analyzed especially the influence of the BEECS on the actual energy consumption of a residential building and calculated energy performance of non-residential buildings. The BEECS was evaluated to have influence on gas and district heating consumption in residential buildings. For non-residential buildings, a decreasing trend was shown in calculated primary energy consumption in the years since the BEECS has been enacted. Appropriate improvements of the certification system were also discussed by analyzing relationship between building characteristics and their energy consumptions.

Keywords: building energy policy; building energy conservation code; building energy performance certification; building energy efficiency certification (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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