Delta Electronics Foundation devoted to climate change issue recognized the importance of accurate climate information to building's energy-saving as it helped rebuild the first net-zero energy campus in Taiwan, Minquan Elementary School in Namasia District of Kaohsiung City, after the calamity of Typhoon Morakot. Together with the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) of MOTC and Taiwan Architecture & Building Center, the Foundation commissioned the team led by Professor Tai-Jen Chen from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, NTU, to develop "Green BIM", which is now available on a dedicated website for architects to download from, free of charge. The first phase of the data platform has converted the historical weather information of the densely populated areas in Taiwan for nearly 20 years in the past (1998-2016) into the weather parameters for Building Information Modeling (BIM), allowing architects to build a more energy-efficient building. The Founder of Delta Electronics and the Chairman of Delta Electronics Foundation, Mr. Bruce Cheng, together with experts in architecture and meteorology, Director-General of CWB, Mr. Tien-Chiang Yeh, President of Taiwan Architecture & Building Center, Mr. Ching-Fu Yang, and the Fellow of MSROC as well as the tenured professor to the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, NTU, Prof. Tai-Jen Chen, attends the press conference for data platform launch and shares the features as well as the visions of the project.
"Delta has helped with the construction of 26 green buildings worldwide and has been participating the UN Climate Change Conferences to bridge the international green building trends," the Founder of Delta Electronics and the Chairman of Delta Electronics Foundation, Mr. Bruce Cheng, stated on the press conference, "it is a pleasure to establish a localized building climate data platform with joint efforts from the government, the industry, and the academia, combining the expertise of meteorology and architecture, so that architects may build an energy-efficient building. We hope that it may be applied to the construction of energy generation or even smart grid development in the future."
Delta Electronics Foundation participated in the rebuilding project of Minquan Elementary School in Namasia District of Kaohsiung City, which had been devastated by Typhoon Morakot. In the process of designing the green building, the Foundation encountered various challenges in collecting accurate weather information. After the completion of the rebuilding project, the campus went through a series of adjustments in the renewable energy configuration. The energy consumption of the buildings also went down after further improvement. Finally, the campus reached the "net-zero energy" standard as the annual energy generation equaled the energy consumption. Such experience allowed the Delta Electronics Foundation to see that if we are to expedite the popularization of green buildings in Taiwan, architects should be able to access the latest meteorological information more easily. Therefore, the Foundation worked with the experts in these areas, Central Weather Bureau and Taiwan Architecture & Building Center, applying the historical meteorological data from the 13 stations that cover the major metropolitan areas in Taiwan to BIM, so that architects may take 24 vital meteorological information like sunlight, wind speed, temperature, humidity, and precipitation into consideration at the beginning of the design phase and utilize green building techniques such as ventilation improvement, natural lighting, and green belt to minimize the potential energy consumption of the building from the source. The building of "Intelligent Living Space" located at Wanlong, Taipei, and the meteorological station in Changhua under construction have been using the Green BIM for their review on energy efficiency. Taiwan Architecture & Building Center will also apply it to the future planning for Taoyuan Aerotropolis so that the buildings in Taiwan in the future can be more energy efficient.
The objective for the next phase of the "Green BIM Microclimate Data Platform" is to build an online information platform that offers higher resolution and takes the effect of the regional microclimate into consideration. Apart from providing more accurate microclimate information for architects to build energy-efficient buildings, it is expected to be used as a reference for the building managers' decision-making in the HVAC and lighting system management as well as be used in the power generation industry such as solar energy and wind energy or the power management of the smart grid.
A new version was released online on May 8, 2020, which expanded the range of stations and expanded the number of meteorological data stations from 13 stations at the beginning of the line to 26, covering all counties and cities on the island of Taiwan, allowing architects to use more accurate information to build energy-efficient buildings. In addition, the case of the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology using its micro-climate information in air conditioning control to share energy-saving results, summer peak electricity consumption can be reduced by 10%, and the best conditions in spring and autumn may even reach 30%.
In 2021, Delta and International Climate Development Institute(ICDI) cooperated with New Taipei City to achieve an almost 10% reduction in energy consumption in government offices with weather forecast information. The project has been documented academically and published in "Building and Environment", a reputable international journal.
Refer to the Green BIM website for more details: www.weatherservice.org.tw
Livestream link to the press conference on 2017.3.7
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