As much as 97 percent of Taiwan’s energy is imported. Over the past two decades Taiwan’s energy dependency grew faster than the island’s GDP, at an annual rate of 6.3 percent. Our vision is to create a building which showcases sustainability innovation becoming a benchmark for future buildings in Taiwan.
The configuration of the buildings layout and programmatic spaces responds directly to internal environmental requirements. Mechanically ventilated spaces like the museum with mainly artificial lighting requirements are orientated towards the South West. The proposed museum section of the tower helps to shade and protect the office block section from overheating as a result of solar gains. The restaurant and panoramic viewing area is situated at the top of the building where the museum and office sections of the building meet.
While some of the sustainable building strategies proposed for the project are clearly visible – i.e. the photovoltaics and the solar dehumidification components, other strategies are not immediately apparent. An educational strategy will be implemented at the museum, which will introduce visitors to sustainability issues in the built environment and will make them aware of the building’s response to those issues.
Building energy performance is measured as energy demand per area over the year. Our aim is to optimise the energy demand through both passive and active design. This will be achieved by considering the different spatial requirements and understanding the energy demand over the year (climatic responsive design).
To optimise energy performance the following criteria will be considered:
- Defining different climatic internal zones distinguishing between different HVAC requirements and where possible passive systems can be used (such as natural ventilation).
- Understanding the high potential for natural ventilation and implementing a cladding system which allows us to utilize pressure driven ventilation for the office spaces.
- Integrating renewable energy systems to reduce total energy costs, (our target is for 1% of the total energy costs to be reduced through the use of photovoltaics alone).
- Reducing the heat island effect by incorporating lots of green spaces into the landscaping of the site.
- Highly reflective materials such as Albedo to be used for the external cladding on the roof.
- Highly efficient use of water, (target = 40% min. below baseline)
Our vision is to create a building which becomes an emblem of sustainable design, which responds to future needs.
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