Taiwan’s First Zero-Carbon Building Unveiled

16 January 2011 (Last Updated January 16th, 2011 18:30)

Taiwan has officially unveiled the nation's first energy-saving and zero-carbon building at Li-Hsing Campus, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). The three-storey YS Sun Green Building Research Centre has been designed to resemble a spaceship from Star Wars, with a leaf-like s

Taiwan has officially unveiled the nation's first energy-saving and zero-carbon building at Li-Hsing Campus, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU).

The three-storey YS Sun Green Building Research Centre has been designed to resemble a spaceship from Star Wars, with a leaf-like solar panel on the roof of the spaceship.

The centre adopts 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.

Most notable is the natural buoyancy ventilation technology, allowing an international conference hall which can seat 300 people to stay cool in summer and warm in winter without turning on the air conditioning.