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Taipei Tech: A sponge campus in a sponge city

Chia-Chun Ho, Associate Professor from the Department of Civil Engineering as well as CEO of Water Environment Research Center at Taipei Tech, was invited to share his professional opinion in the green building conference which was organized by the Central News Agency on September 22.

Ho noted that the more urbanization a city gets, the more damage will be done when a flood occurred. In 2012, Taiwan came up with the concept called sponge city that focused on increasing a city’s ability of preserving water. Taipei Tech has devoted itself to create a Sponge Campus for a decade. The breathable brick on campus is special designed so that it won’t ponding in a rainy day. In addition to cooling down surface temperature, the rain can be stored, recycle and reuse. The effort was rewarded with No.6 in the UI Green Metric World University Ranking in City Center category.

Over 10 reporters from China not only learned Taiwan’s green building measures in the conference but also visited some green buildings in Taiwan such as Taipei Public Library, the Beitou Branch.


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