NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAINAN, TAIWAN
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Volume 1 Issue 8 - October 12, 2007
 
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Fu Jia Yang
Environment-Friendly Architecture and the Right Attitude
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G C Yao et al
Residual Stress-Strain Relationship for Concrete after Exposure to High Temperature
Shoou Jinn Chang et al
ZnO Ultraviolet photodiodes With Pd Contact Electrodes
Yu Hern Chang et al
A Survey and Optimization-based Evaluation of Development Strategies for The Air Cargo Industry
Jeh Nan Pan
A Study of Multivariate Pre-Control Charts
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Environment-Friendly Architecture and the Right Attitude
Fu Jia Yang
Advisory Board Member, IIAS, NCKU

BIOGRAPHY

Professor Fujia Yang, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is an internationally renowned nuclear physicist who currently serves as the sixth Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, one of the United Kingdom's leading research universities, and the Vice Chairman of the Chinese Association for Science & Technology.

Born in Shanghai, Professor Yang graduated from Fudan University in 1958 with a degree in physics. He went from his initial appointment as a Teaching Assistant, to a Professorial Chair in Physics, to the Presidency of the University of Fudan from 1993-1999. He served as Director of the Shanghai Institute of Nuclear Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1987-2001, was Chairman of the Shanghai Science and Technology Association from 1992-1996 and was the founding president of the Association of University Presidents of China from 1997 to 1999.

Dr. Yang's work has taken him to positions around the globe, including visiting professorships at the Neils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark; State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA; Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA; and Tokyo University, Japan.

Professor Yang served as a council member representing China on the Association of East Asia Research Universities, was a member of the International Association of University Presidents and of the Association of University Presidents of the Pacific Rim. He holds honorary degrees from Soka University, Tokyo, Japan; the State University of New York; the University of Hong Kong; the University of Nottingham; and the University of Connecticut.

The 7th Annual Emerging Information & Technology Conference – August 9 – August 10, 2007, Princeton, NJ, USA
A short while ago, I went to visit the Hope House and the Zero-Energy Building (ZEB) in the suburbs of London. ZEB is a complex of 82 houses. There are 7 rows in the complex, 6 units in a row and two houses in a unit. Each house is three storeys. The third floor is a single suite, including one room and one living room, plus a kitchen and a bathroom. The total area is 45 square meters, including a roof garden. It is accessible with a separate flight of stairs. Below the suite is a house with three rooms on the second floor, one bathroom on each floor and a living room, a terrace and a kitchen are on the first floor. The total area is 109 square meters. A small yard is in the front. It is a house for the middle class family. It is not big, and is far from luxurious. The house that we “broke into” was of a family of four, a couple and twins. The winter in London is dim and cold, but it sometimes gets very hot in summer. For that dramatic weather change, a unique design is used. The walls have at least 30cm-thick insulation, which makes the house so thermally efficient that no air conditioning is needed in summer or winter. Instead, the house is equipped with advanced ventilation systems. The electronicmagnetic stove, refrigerator, water heater and lights all use solar energy. Many solar panels are installed to the exterior of the walls and the roof. Zero-Energy, to be specific, means no use of fossil fuels such as oil or coals.

An electric car parked in the drive. There was a charger which used solar energy, so it was also free of charge.

After you have heard all this, you may wonder if ZEB is possible in Shanghai where it is hot here every day. The answer is positive, because the solar refrigeration technology is available now. University of Nottingham Ningbo is going to complete a 1000 square foot building with a net energy consumption of near zero. It will be put in a test of 40 degrees Celsius.