Building Energy Code Compliance

Source: IEA/IRENA Renewables Policies Database
Last updated: 29 October 2019

This program sets obligatory requirements on energy saving design including preventing heat loss and installing energy saving facilities and develops energy efficiency indexes for effective management of building energy.

The property owner should submit Building Energy Code Compliance when applying for building permits of new buildings with gross area greater than 500 m2 pursuant to the Building Design Standards for Energy Saving (the Notification of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation) and Green Building Promotion Act. Korea Energy Agency reviews the worksheet to check if the property satisfies all of the standards and gets at least 65 points on the Energy Performance Index (EPI) (minimum 75 points for public buildings) and decide on the insurance of the building permit.

Main contents of Building Energy Code Compliance

- Construction: energy-saving design criteria including average heat transmission coefficient, air-tightness of window and rooftop landscape

- Machinery and electric facilities: installing high-efficiency certified products and adopting energy-saving control techniques

- New and renewable energy: utilizing new and renewable energy for the electric load and capacity for cooling, heating and supplying hot water

Targets of the program: Buildings prescribed in the article 10 of Enforcement Decree of the Green Building Promotion Act (Buildings required to submit Building Energy Code Compliance), Buildings with gross area greater than 500m2 that apply for building permit.

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End uses covered
  • Building end-uses
  • Building systems
  • Space heating
  • Space cooling
  • Ventilation
  • Humidification
  • Water heating
  • Lighting
  • Exterior lighting
  • Interior lighting
  • Building vintage
  • New buildings
  • Appliances
  • Refrigeration
  • Cooking
  • Clothes washing
  • Dish washing
  • Plug loads