NCKU re­veals a new, sus­tain­able float­ing house de­sign at con­fer­ence

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

Na­tional Cheng Kung Univer­sity (NCKU) has re­cently re­vealed a new unique float­ing house de­sign dur­ing the Con­fer­ence on Tai­jian Float­ing Green House and Sus­tain­able Energy Strate­gies (2015

). The Re­search Cen­ter for Energy Tech­nol­ogy and Strat­egy ( RCETS) at NCKU has been work­ing on a sus­tain­able and ro­tat­ing am­phibi­ous house de­sign which is to be built within one year.

NCKU vis­it­ing ex­pert Bart van Bueren is lead­ing the re­search pro­ject. He has been work­ing at NCKU for 3 years al­ready, but be­fore he lived in the Nether­lands where he spe­cial­ized in wa­ter ar­chi­tec­ture.

When con­structed, the build­ing will be the first house to float on a fish farm in Tai­wan and even the world’s first float­ing house that has been de­signed and en­gi­neered to ro­tate around a ver­ti­cal axis to op­ti­mize energy per­for­mance, NCKU stated.

Dutch vis­it­ing stu­dent Lars van Oort cal­cu­lated that the build­ing gen­er­ates 11 per­cent ad­di­tional so­lar energy be­cause of the ro­ta­tion of the whole build­ing. In fact, the large so­lar- panel roof gen­er­ates 3- 4 times more energy than the build­ing needs, so this build­ing is not energy- neu­tral, but has a sur­plus of energy to pro­vide to other build­ings.

More­over, a ro­tat­ing build­ing has sev­eral ad­van­tages. van Bueren said, “The wind in Tainan varies in di­rec­tion, so es­pe­cially at night the two large open­ings of the build­ing can align with the wind to get op­ti­mal wind ven­ti­la­tion; this is also an energy sav­ing mea­sure.”

“Even shad­ing of the out­door space can be op­ti­mized by ro­tat­ing the build­ing. When you live in the house and want to change the view, just sim­ply push one but­ton on your smart­phone and the view can fol­low a pretty bird or sunset,” he added.

The re­search team is very in­ter­na­tional; two Dutch­men, Bart van Bueren and Lars van Oort, one Amer­i­can, Rod­ney Mat­suoka and seven Tai­wanese Yen-chung Chen, Wan-chien Lin, Chung-wen Wu, Ko-min Hsueh, Cheng-jung Rong, Chen I and Chen-cheng Jung Min. To­gether they work on the de­sign, struc­ture, waste wa­ter treat­ment, build­ing physics, energy op­ti­miza­tion, build­ing codes and busi­ness case — all as­pects need to be in­te­grated, ac­crod­ing to NCKU.

Ul­ti­mately, a pi­lot house can be made as ex­am­ple for fu­ture hous­ing that can have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment, in terms of energy pro­duc­tion, sym­bio­sis with fish pro­duc­tion and sus­tain­abil­ity and eco­nomic ben­e­fits for the com­mu­nity, said NCKU.

CNA

A re­search team stands in front of a float­ing house model in Tainan, yesterday. Na­tional Cheng Kung Univer­sity (NCKU) re­cently re­vealed a new unique float­ing house de­sign dur­ing the Con­fer­ence on Tai­jian Float­ing Green House and Sus­tain­able Energy Strate­gies. The de­sign may prove ben­e­fi­cial to the en­vi­ron­ment in terms of energy pro­duc­tion, sym­bio­sis with fish pro­duc­tion, as well as im­prov­ing sus­tain­abil­ity and the econ­omy for the com­mu­nity, said NCKU.

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