Volume 10 Issue 6 - September 11, 2009 PDF
Post-Morakot Reconstruction Initiatives: NCKU On-site Artists Donate Works for Charity Sale Delta Electronics, Inc. and NCKU Build Eco-schools

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As the academic and culture hub of southern Taiwan, National Cheng Kung University has demonstrated her resolution to help rebuild the society for a brighter future.

Twelve mainland Chinese artists, invited to NCKU for a one month on-site production for the 2009 NCKU Environmental Art Festival, visited NCKU President Michael Ming-Chiao Lai on Sep. 3rd, expressed their sympathy for the Morakot typhoon victims and want donate their works for charity sale to help them. President Lai thanked these compassionate artists and encouraged them to enlighten NCKU with an alternative perspective of art. 

During their stay in NCKU, these kind artists have taken the opportunity to experience the distinctive folk culture of southern Taiwan. President Lai encouraged them to make the best of their staying in the traditional culture capital of Tainan and savor the abundant history and civilization. 

Bruce CH Cheng, founder and chairman of the Delta Electronics, Inc., donated NT $ 500 million to help the government with reconstruction projects. Delta Electronics and NCKU decided to collaborate on building four eco-schools in the flood-affected areas in Kaohsiung County, meeting the highest EEWH Diamond Class Green Building Certificate standards as safety, eco-friendly and energy saving models.

These eco-schools will adopt Mountain Area Green Building Architecture Standards concluded by Prof. Hsien-te Lin, emphasizing on the distinctive features of mountain climate and aboriginal culture. The disaster-affected area schools are located at 600 to 1,500 meter, with average annual temperature of 4-10 ℃ below flatland, equaling to temperate zone or cold zone climate. The buildings will adopt US architecture thermal insulating layer standard of the same climate zone. Outer layer thermal insulation on the walls and roofs will be built to keep indoor temperature stable. Compared to the current standard, their double glazed windows can triple the total thermal insulation function, creating a more comfortable and healthier environment for the school children.    

The new school buildings will accommodate teaching activities to build a more energy saving campus.

Aside from educational function, the eco-schools will also serve as a social and cultural venue for the aboriginal community. The design will meet the recreational, disaster prevention and relief needs with its multi-function outdoor and semi-outdoor design. 

Features of the eco-schools include natural lighting, energy-saving lighting, eco-friendly building materials, flood prevention and water reservation design. In designing landscapes, they will observe biodiversity, multi-layer greenizing, eco-forest, and bio-habitat principles.    

NCKU has formed a task force to collaborate with the government to choose and evaluate suitable sites, help select architect and project, and motivate faculty and students from related disciplines to conduct academic research on this project to conclude reports and publish papers, making it an example of sustainable national land development. 

Helen Chang
The Banyan Editorial Office
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