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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.
The TBTC building is located at NTUST campus, Taipei, Taiwan. It is a 7 story building with the façade facing southeast. The 1,388 m2 building currently includes offices, meeting rooms, and exhibition rooms. Completed in 2010, the building was designed based on “open building” concept. High adaptability in spatial and functional changes is considered that enables installation and replacement of updated building system and control system.
The building was designed to meet general requirements of the EEWH rating system (the green design rating in Taiwan). The building was selected as one of the best green buildings of Taiwan in 2011 with its emphasis on fine design coordination, low operational energy, low embedded energy, reduction of construction waste, and low replacement energy due to its high adaptability. The high adaptability was realized by separation of the main usable spaces are glazing consists of operation windows that can be used in a variety of combinations to enhance natural ventilation. An extra layer of cladding on the façade is used that not only provide shadings for the space without affecting the operable windows on the inner façade but also enable easy replacement of the façade material. The other two sides of glazing are equipped with adjustable, internal shades on rollers. In order to enhance stack ventilation the staircase was designed with high permeability, solar heated top, and operable opening.
TBTC building is an institutional building design and ready for research in operational phase. A variety of monitoring and smart control systems have been installed for indoor air quality, electrical consumption and HVAC system performance. Some other systems such as indoor lighting and photovoltaic system will be installed in the near future. The features of controlled building include electric lighting fixtures, windows opening, indoor shades, and HVAC setting. Totally, the issues addressed will generally cover common problems appeared in office and institutional buildings regarding management and improvement in energy efficiency.