The Taiwan Building Technology Center (TBTC) was established in 2007 using special funding granted by the Ministry of Education under its Top Universities and Elite Research Centers Development Plan. NTUST’s goal is to become an international applied research university, and is the only university in Taiwan to have established a new research center focusing on building-related issues. In recent years, the TBTC has successfully integrated the NTUST professors from the different colleges and departments of engineering, design, and the humanities, to work together in pursuit of new building technologies that can enhance the positive impact of our built environment on the safety and quality of people’s lives.
The TBTC has gathered outstanding researchers from Taiwan and abroad to pursue the goal through two research teams: the Intelligent Buildings Research Group and the Life-Cycle System Design for Buildings Research Group. These two groups focus on key technologies affecting buildings at each stage of their life-cycles. At the same time, the two groups also work on new building and ICT technologies that can create energy-conserving buildings with a reduced carbon footprint.
The TBTC has put a lot of emphasis on internationalization, gathering outstanding researchers from Taiwan and abroad for collaborative research, and has bridged the NTUST research teams with more than 50 European partners to successfully participate in six European FP7 projects, extending from 2009 until 2017. Through these multiple-year cooperation projects, the NTUST research teams have entered into remarkable partnerships with researchers of difference backgrounds, experience, and perspectives, partnerships whose synergy can provide insights and innovations for the building-related industries in each of the participating countries. These insights and innovations might not be possible without the stimulation provided by these collaborations.
In addition, the new TBTC building provides a real-world laboratory for testing and exhibiting the ideas and results of the Center’s projects, thus assisting the TBTC in taking its place on the world stage as a leading research center for intelligent green building technology.