The Top University Project
The vision of Taiwan Building Technology Center (TBTC) is to be a world-class building technology research center. TBTC takes architecture and building as the leading platform to integrate creative design, construction, electrical, mechanical, ventilating and logic control disciplines of Taiwan Tech. The strategic focus of TBTC is to provide a platform to integrate interdisciplinary research teams, to conduct field experiments at TBTC building, to build up international cooperation relationships with renowned building research centers, to disseminate research findings through industrial cooperation, and to increase competitiveness of building-related industries.
Meanwhile, our research teams are encouraged to participate in various international cooperation projects such as EU framework program, which is recognized as the most competitive program in the EU. Since 2011, TBTC research teams have successfully participated in 9 projects of FP7 and H2020-Energy Efficient Building. Those projects have utilized TBTC Building as a demonstration site to show how the developed technologies and systems would function in the subtropical condition in Taiwan and to compare the different performances with the systems which function in Europe and will then adjust systems according to the demand in different climate conditions afterwards.
TBTC has produced more than 200 patents and implemented 120 cases of technology transfer. Annual profits earned from patent and technology transfers have been about 22 million NT dollars on average. Five representative and influential technology transfer cases summarized as follows:
Building Structure: “Earthquake Resistant Beam-to-Column Connection for Steel Structure” has been successfully applied to Taipei 101 and some 200 high-rise buildings. It has made significant contributions to safety of residents’ lives and earthquake-resistance of buildings.
Building Materials: The “3-in-1 Heat Insulation Solar Glass” has the functions of heat insulation, power generation and self-cleaning. This new solar energy glass outperforms any other similar products in the world and has been used in several public building projects such as the Eco-City in Malaysia, Taipei Floral Exhibition-American Pavilion, MEGA House-an intelligent green building, Nottingham University, etc.
Ventilation: The “Air-Curtain Fume Hood” is a product superior to the similar products from the University of California-Berkeley. It can effectively exclude the toxic gases and have great benefits to enhance the laboratory safety, the performance of future home range hood, and the quality of life. In addition, it saves 50% energy consumption and reduces production costs by 20%.
Lighting: The “Natural Light Illumination System” can collect natural light and guide it indoors as the source for illumination. It consists of cascadable passive units, with Mitsubishi mirror and enhanced optical coatings to increase lighting collection efficiency, coupling into fibers or reflective units.
Energy-Saving: Using the groundwater circulation well, it is able to eliminate all the exhaust heat from air conditioner to the air and significantly reduce the heat island effect in Taipei basin during summer time. In addition, using a cooler groundwater as the cooling medium is able to reduce the power consumption of the air conditioner up to 40% and reduce the equipment space by 98%. Best of all, it generates no noise and is very friendly to the neighbors.
By integrating with ICT technology, intelligent building can provide an upgraded function of building and a good living and working environment for the residents. TBTC is to offer a platform for the integration of technologies developed in Taiwan Tech. The new TBTC building in Taiwan Tech and the MEGA House in Architecture and Building Research Institute, Ministry of the Interior, are used as the integrated experiment and demonstration platform for the components and devices of intelligent green building. By combining the traditional materials and ICT control units, the intelligent building components, such as smart window, smart lighting etc., can be developed. To improve the living quality of people and to benefit the building industry, the intelligent building components developed by the TBTC research teams will be promoted to the public and the industry as well.
The First Phase (2006-2011)
The Second Phase (2011-2017)
EU Projects and Key Implementations
Intelligent and Interactive System
Resilient City and Hazard Prevention
Architecture and Creative Design