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NCKU’s Magic School crowned the greenest building on the planet

Tainan, Taiwan, January 23, 2015

The Y.S Sun Green Building Research Center at National Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, has recently been hailed by the Godfather of Green Building Jerry Yudelson as the greenest building in the world, the university revealed today.

“The best energy-efficiency performer profiled by Yudelson and Meyer is the YS Sun Green Building Research Center at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. Colloquially known as the Magic School of Green Technology, it uses just 40.43 kWh per sq meter annually,” according to Garrett Hering’s story in the Guardian.

NCKU professor of architecture Lin Hsien-Te who the is major designer of the building said, “The three-story 4800 square meter building utilizes 13 different sustainable building techniques in order to achieve a 65% energy savings and a 50% water savings over typical office buildings.”

Lin read the news from the Guardian and said, the acknowledgment from Yudelson is very inspiring. His words are solid proof to Taiwan’s success in green building.

In The World’s Greenest Buildings - Promise Versus Performance in Sustainable Design written by Jerry Yudelson and Ulf Meyer, there are 15 greenest buildings selected from the U.S.A., the European and the Asia-Pacific region respectively (45 buildings in total) as the global benchmark for green buildings.

The book provides a convenient reference for fact-checking the rising number of claims by building owners and architects worldwide that their green buildings are the greenest of all.

The Magic School of Green Technology (MSGT) which is first zero-carbon building in Taiwan achieved the highest ratings from Taiwan's Energy, Ecology, Waste Reduction and Health (EEWH) system, as well as from the US Green Building Council's LEED rating system.

“Alter just under a year of operation, the MSGT is showing an EUI of 40.43 kWh/sq m/year, considerably less than Taiwan's medium-rise office buildings which consume 125 kWh/sq m/year on average,” according to the book.

It also said, “The efficacy o f the design and systems were thoroughly researched by four senior professors and twelve NCKU PhD and master's degree students, making it perhaps the most extensively researched green building project in Asia.”

Among the selected green buildings in the Asia-Pacific region, there were 5 from Japan, 5 from Australia, 2 from Singapore, 1 from Mainland China, as well as Taiwan’s only candidate, the Y.S. Sun Green Building Research Center.

These figures show that the NCKU green building is the most energy conserving among the 45 greenest green buildings in the world. In other words, it can also be known as the “first green building” among the World’s Greenest Buildings.
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