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Sustainability 2015, 7(12), 16086-16107; doi:10.3390/su71215804

Analysis of a Building Energy Efficiency Certification System in Korea

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Department of Architecture, Ajou University, Suwon 443-749, Korea
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Building and Urban Research Institute, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, Ilsan 411-712, Korea
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Received: 10 September 2015 / Revised: 25 November 2015 / Accepted: 27 November 2015 / Published: 3 December 2015
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: building energy policy; building energy conservation code; building energy performance certification; building energy efficiency certification building energy policy; building energy conservation code; building energy performance certification; building energy efficiency certification
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Park, D.J.; Yu, K.H.; Yoon, Y.S.; Kim, K.H.; Kim, S.S. Analysis of a Building Energy Efficiency Certification System in Korea. Sustainability 2015, 7, 16086-16107.

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