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  2011/08/16  
  National Cheng Kung University's Y.S. Sun Green Building Research Center Ranked World's No.1 in Green Architecture
 
   
   
Asia's First Educational Institution to Receive LEED Platinum Rating

Taipei, August 15, 2011 - National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and Delta Electronics Inc. announced today that their first jointly built carbon-free building in Taiwan, the Y.S. Sun Green Building Research Center, also known as the Magic School of Green Technology, has won several awards since completion in January this year. The green building was awarded a Diamond-Grade in April, which was the top rating given by the Energy, Ecology, Waste Reduction, and Health (EEWH) system of Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior. The building was later accredited with the highest Platinum certification by the U.S. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, for having attained full scores in several areas, including Energy Performance. Apart from being the first Asian building to attain a LEED Platinum certification in the Education category, it is also the only green building to receive the highest certifications from both Taiwan's EEWH and the U.S. LEED systems.

NCKU's Magic School of Green Technology was built with an NT$100 million donation from Founder and Chairman of Delta Electronics Inc. Mr. Bruce Cheng, which was in addition to NCKU's NT$60 million proprietary capital and advanced architectural technology. Apart from the use of green materials, the building attained full scores from U.S. LEED in Energy Performance, Water Efficiency and Innovation in Design.

Since its commissioning in January this year, the Magic School of Green Technology was measured by the BEMS to have accumulated an Energy Usage Intensity (EUI) of 19.3 kWh/m² for six months from January to June, with full year performance close to the expected EUI of 43 kWh/m² per year. This was far less than Taiwan's medium and low intensity office buildings, which consume 125 kWh/m² per year on average, proving the Magic School of Green Technology had delivered an estimated 65% in energy-savings during the first half of the year. The architectural science research committed to delivering energy savings may prove to be among the best in the world. In the meantime, the solar-powered generators, wind-powered generators, and LED lamps donated by Delta Electronics also enhance the energy efficiency of the Magic School of Green Technology.

Founder and Chairman of Delta Electronics Inc. – Bruce Cheng commented that Delta Electronics corporate mission has been "To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow" since inception. To fulfill this mission, Delta Electronics has aligned its product R&D towards enhancing energy efficiency, and has promoted the construction of green buildings. All new plants constructed by Delta Electronics in recent years have complied with green building standards; for example, its Rudrapur plant in India was recently awarded a Gold LEED certification. The NCKU Magic School of Green Technology's Platinum LEED certification was further recognition of Delta Electronics' efforts to promote green buildings. Through the use of this green building, we expect to deliver an environmentally-friendly campus that will nurture more talent in the field of green energy.

NCKU's President Hwung Hwung-Hweng of the National Cheng Kung University also commented that NCKU would use its Magic School of Green Technology as the foundation for an information platform that supports green engineering technologies. NCKU will contribute towards energy saving and carbon reduction within industries by establishing an Energy Research Center that performs world-class energy research. NCKU will also offer performance assurance services to green buildings and environmental efficiency projects, as well as innovative designs for low-carbon emission industries.

NCKU's Magic School of Green Technology was given full scores by LEED in terms of Energy Performance due to its use of the world's most efficient DC variable frequency centrifugal chiller and variable frequency/refrigerant air-conditioning as well as innovative designs such as variable wind/water volume and total heat exchange. The building's water-saving equipment, rainwater recycling, and constructed wetlands were the keys for achieving top Water Efficiency. Finally, the building's stack ventilation design, green building museum, and guidance facilities were considered for Innovation in Design. The Magic School of Green Technology was also the first carbon-free building in Taiwan, and the first subtropical green building education center. The cost of construction including donations averaged only NT$87,000 per ping, which set a good example for affordability, and was a milestone achievement for Taiwan's green building movement.

The design for the Magic School of Green Technology was spearheaded by Professor Lin Hsien-De from NCKU's Department of Architecture and architect Shih Chao-Yung, with support from NCKU's top four professors and 12 postgraduate students from Doctoral and Masters' courses. It is a true monument to green design and education, founded on endless trials and scientific research. With this accomplishment, NCKU's team of experts can guarantee savings in energy consumption and equipment of at least 30% for high-consumption and high-quality commercial and industrial buildings.

The Magic School of Green Technology has been highly acclaimed since early in its design. In 2009, it received full coverage from the Discovery Channel for its design and construction. In March this year, the building was awarded for Outstanding Design in Green and Carbon-Free Architecture during the International Green Roof Congress. It is also expected to be included in the American publication The World's Greenest Buildings next year as one of 10 candidates from Asia.
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