The EU-Korea Climate Action Project jointly held the Zero Energy Building Convergence Alliance Forum with the Korea Energy Agency

The Zero Energy Building Convergence Alliance Forum jointly organized by the EU-Climate Action Project and the Korea Energy Agency (KEA) was held on 27 Nov 2019, at COEX in Seoul. The purpose of the event was to find the future policy direction towards a wide uptake of zero energy buildings (ZEB) in Korea based on the strengthened alliance between the public and private sectors. The Project team and KEA jointly designed the event to share information about the EU and Korean policy status on zero energy buildings, the applications, applied technologies, and to discuss issues and possible solutions. Over 300 people from the public and private sectors as well as academia participated in the event, demonstrating the high level of interest of the Korean public in this important area. The newly appointed team leader of the Project, Joachi<m Eissler also joined the event and greeted the audience for the first time in Korea.


The event opened at 13.30 pm with the opening remarks from the Korea Energy Agency, followed by the keynote speech from the Prof. Kwangwoo Kim from the Seoul National University and Mr. Oliver Rapf from the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE). Prof. Kim spoke on the Korea’s ZEB policies and the future policy directions, while Mr. Rapf covered the EU regulatory framework for energy efficiency in buildings. Oliver informed participants about the current energy performance status of the building stocks in the EU, the core elements of the recently amended Energy Performance of Building Directives, and the expected changes in the future to be introduced from the policy amendment.


A speech session for the EU speakers started after Mr. Rapf’s speech. Mr. Maarten de Groote from ENERGYVILL VITO spoke on the topic of European transition towards smart cities and buildings, presenting real examples of smart cities in Belgium and Amsterdam. Prof. Cristina Becchio from the Polytechnic University of Turin shared information on the evaluation tools for decision-making process in ZEB projects such as cost-benefit and multi-criteria analysis.


After the speech session, EU and Korean speakers started the panel discussion on the stage and shared their take on the European experience and possible solutions related to the ZEB issues that the Korean society is currently dealing with. Regarding the question on the zero energy building technology applicable in Korea, Mr. Groote said “Because it is impossible to apply all available technologies at once, we must consider easily adoptable technologies even after a building has been constructed. For example, insulation materials are not easy to replace, but solar panels or energy storage systems can be easily adoptable after some time is passed.”  

The Information shared by the EU speakers from this event will be used to support the Korean ZEB policy development in the near future. All speech materials are available below.


Oliver Rapf, The EU Regulatory Framework for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and its Implementation

Marteen De Groote, European Transition towards Smart Cities and Smart Buildings

Cristina Becchio, Evaluation Tools for Decision-making Process in Zero Energy Projects