Taiwan: All buildings must match minimum environmental standards

Deputy Interior Minister Jonathan Chen says that all public buildings with construction budgets of NT$50 million (roughly US$1.6 million) or more must meet green building certification standards. Those with lower budgets must meet government standards for conservation of energy and water.

Speaking Wednesday, Chen said that the cost of green buildings is usually lower, with energy savings a cost saver as well.

Chen said that next the government is going to promote smart green buildings to bring the latest technology to Taiwan’s architecture.

Nearly 5,000 buildings in Taiwan have received green building certification. Taiwan was the first country in Asia to start certifying environmentally friendly buildings in 1999.

The buildings save an average of 20% on electricity and 30% in water. That amounts to 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and 63 million tons of water a year. The environmental buildings have also cut Taiwan’s annual carbon emissions by 750,000 tons, with total monetary savings of NT$5.3 billion (US$167 million) per year.

Source: Radio Taiwan International

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