Chile Current Building Codes

Current Codes

Chile Residential Building Code Article 4.1.10
Article 4.1.10 of Ordenanza General de Urbanismo y Construcciones (General Ordinance of Urbanism and Construction) establishes mandatory standards for residential building envelopes with respect to energy efficiency. This is the only known required energy efficiency standard in Chile. Chile’s Ministry of Housing is responsible for the adoption of building codes.


Helpful Links

From Good to Great: The Next Step in Chilean Energy Efficiency March 2014
Taking Initiative on Energy Efficiency: Chile
Ministerio de Vivienda y Urbanismo (Ministry of Housing and Urban Development)
Ministerio de Energia (Ministry of Energy)
National Climate Change Action Plan 2008-2012
This paper sets greenhouse gas emissions goals for the period of 2008 to 2012.


According to Chile, their residential code was the first building energy code in South America. The code only addresses building envelope elements. Along with other specific recommendations, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recommended that Chile establish a commercial building energy code and that they update their codes on a three- or five-year cycle, as other countries have done. LBNL also suggested that the minister of energy create an energy efficiency data and monitoring team within an appropriate agency.