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First Building Carbon Footprint Certification Launched

The Low Carbon Building Alliance (LCBA) at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan will soon establish China’s first system for Building Carbon Footprint Certification.

The certification system will be founded in line with Taiwan government’s low carbon building policy.

According to department of architecture chair professor Dr. Hsien-Te Lin, who will lead the program, the Building Carbon Footprint Certification is a system that aims to assess, label, diagnose and improve carbon emissions of buildings caused by production and transportation of construction materials, construction of buildings, daily use and maintenance of buildings as well as waste management.

A platform for low carbon industry has been jointly established by NCKU department of architecture and Industrial Sustainable Development Center (ISDC), which will serve as the technical core of the platform, as well as private foundations, universities and wide range of industries.

Aiming to lower carbon footprint of buildings based on their lifecycle, the platform will use low carbon certification as a tool to assist the construction industry in developing low-carbon designs, technologies and products as well as setting strategies related to low carbon management.

The LCBA initiative, launched by Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan last year under the Industry-Academia Small Alliance Project, is an industrial alliance jointly founded by universities including NCKU and National Taipei University of Technology (Taipei Tech), as well as community societies such as the Delta Electronics Foundation and Chinese Church of Christ Faith Hope Love Foundation.

In the future, the Building Carbon Footprint Certification will be implemented and issued by the LCBA head office.

The Building Carbon Footprint Certification Organization will also be situated at six locations, including Taipei Tech Department of Architecture, Taoyuan Innovation Institute of Technology (TIIT) Department of Interior Design, Taichung City Government Low Carbon Office, the Taichung-based Wutong Foundation, NCKU Magic School of Green Technologies and National Quemoy University (NQU) Department of Architecture.

Additionally, LCBA plans to form an expert committee to offer consultation and certification review services starting Oct. 10.

Earlier this month, He Jiankun, chairman of China’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change, said China will limit its carbon pollution starting in 2016. The world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter will write a CO2 emissions cap into its next five-year plan, according to He Jiankun, chairman of China’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change.

 

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