Magic School is Taiwan's first zero-carbon build
Magic School of Green Technology first zero-carbon building in Taiwan
The first zero-carbon building in Taiwan, the YS Sun Green Building Research Centre, was inaugurated on 12 January.
Also known as the Magic School of Green Technology, the centre is designed to acquire the highest green building certificates from Taiwan’s Ecology, Energy Saving, Waste Reduction and Health (EEWH) rating system and the US LEED rating system.
The building cost $296,1 per 36 square feet, and adopted 13 different green building design methods, including five natural ventilation energy-saving methods, two equipment reduction methods, and five equipment energy-saving technologies and renewable energy technologies.
Innovative technology applied includes natural buoyancy ventilation technology, allowing an international conference hall which can fit 300 people to stay cool in summer and warm in winter without turning on the air-conditioning.
The air-conditioning system of modern buildings can cause condensation, mildew, accumulated dust and bacteria, as well as pneumonia. The building has overcome this disadvantage, guaranteeing the healthiest air quality by using antibacterial and environment-friendly steel.
Toilets incorporate the UB-FINE water reduction system for zero power consumption and hand-free access, which prevents bacteria from spreading and causing cross-infection.
About 200 tons of serpentine jade cement was used as the stone material for the international conference halls. This has a high degree of alkaline, magnetic field and hydroxyl radicals, and can release a large amount of far-infrared, which is said to purify the air.
The building exterior features a leaf-like solar panel on the roof, along with ventilation towers. The roof also forms a deep sunshade that can block most of the direct solar radiation from entering indoors, thereby reducing the cooling load. A roof garden features Crassulaceae drought-tolerant plants.
The building comprises three levels above ground and one level underground, with a total floor area of 4,800 m2. The centre has been designed as a showcase of green building research, such as energy conservation, renewable energy, waste reduction, water recycling and nano photo-catalysts.