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Taiwan Tech Hosts 2018 Conference of Sustainable Built Environment Series
 
 
Dr. Stefanie Eschenlohr , Taiwan Tech International Office
 
 
As Taiwan aims to become Asia’s green building hub, it doesn’t come as a surprise that one of the regional conferences of the Sustainable Built Environment Series (SBE) was hosted in Taiwan – at Taiwan Tech, Taiwan’s leading institution in sustainable building research. The organizers, i.e. Taiwan Tech with the Taiwan Institute of Architecture, chose “Innovative Low Carbon and Green Buildings in Subtropical Area” as the topic of the conference, reflecting the region’s climatic situation and the innovative drive of the Green Building sector in recent years.
 
As the building industry has been identified as one of the main villains causing climate change, the issue of a sustainable built environment has become a focus of international academic research and policy making. A plethora of international organizations was founded to approach the problem, among them iiBSE, the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment. Apart from South Korea, Taiwan is the only Asian country that has set up an iiBSE regional chapter (in 2007) which shows Taiwan’s dedication to spreading the idea of sustainability. 
 
The 3-day conference, perfectly organized by Prof Cheng-Li Cheng, Dean of NTUST College of Design and his team, did not only feature international keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, and parallel sessions on specialized topics, it also included technical visits to outstanding Green Buildings in Taiwan, and featured an industry exhibition.  Although SBE series conferences are mostly hosted at universities or research institutions, the participation of members of the construction and building industry is strongly encouraged. Academia-industry involvement is seen as crucially important to achieve the goal of sustainable cities and communities in the future.
 
Two international guests, keynote speaker Prof. Thomas Lützkendorf, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Wim Bakens, Secretary General of CIB, shared their impressions of the Taipei event in an interview. They were impressed with Taiwan’s efforts in building new energy-efficient public buildings, but also mentioned the challenge of refitting the existing stock of residential buildings. Both of them stressed the importance of training future designers, architects, and engineers to think holistically, taking life cycle costs of edifices and the impact on the environment into account. This requires interdisciplinary approaches in teaching and research and close academia-industry cooperation - a challenge for Taiwan Tech as for universities worldwide.
  
The conference was funded by The Architecture and Building Research Institute, Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan.  
 
Related Links: 
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/taiwan-aims-to-become-asia-s-green-building-hub-10815722
 
Industry exhibition at ILCBBS, 14-17 October 2018
 
Taiwan Tech president Jing-Jong Liao opens the conference
 
Keynote Speaker Prof Thomas Luetzkendorf, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
 
Wim Bakens, Secretary General of CIB at the opening ceremony
 
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