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Building Codes and Demand Response of Energy Use

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2016: Volume IV
Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding Impacts and Functioning of Different Solutions
EditorsSuvi Nenonen, Juha-Matti Junnonen
PublisherTampere University of Technology. Department of Civil Engineering
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-15-3744-8
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


Period1/01/00 → …


Buildings are an essential part of the wider energy system. A significant share of electricity consumption occurs in buildings. Traditionally buildings have been places where electricity is consumed. Now they have a growing role also as a location where renewable energy production, such as solar power, occurs.

Demand response means the voluntary actions that are taken on the customer side as a response to something on the demand side. In practice, demand response can involve, for example, reducing the energy consumption during the peak times of the larger energy system or shifting the timing of the building’s energy consumption by synchronizing it with local renewable energy production’s profile inside the building. The building codes of Finland direct the designers’ energy-related solutions both in new construction and licenced renovations.

In this conceptual paper the literature related to demand response and regulation is reviewed, and it is discussed what kind of a role the building codes could have in advancing the buildings’ preconditions for demand response. Demand response is currently brought out in EU directives in the regulation with relation to network operators. However, preparedness for demand response could also be advanced by giving more attention to the timing of power use in the building codes.


  • building codes, demand response, energy law, energy use, power

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