• Eva Hou

Administrative building of New Taipei City Government Wins the TIBA Golden AWARD for Green Building

Updated: Sep 19, 2019

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Date of release: August 29th, 2019

Agency releasing the news: Secretariat, New Taipei City Government

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The administrative building of New Taipei City Government was awarded the 2019 (3rd) TIBA Golden AWARD (category: Excellent Intelligent Green Buildings and Renovation of Existing System Products) by the Taiwan Intelligent Building Association on August 29. Since its completion in 2003, New Taipei City Hall has continually improved in the direction of an intelligent building.

This year, the City Hall achieved to develop an intelligent power-saving system through the adoption of a smart monitor integration system; for which the Golden Award was given. Through system integration and IoT adoption, buildings can be smarter as they have become able to perceive and think. Featuring a twin-tower design, the administrative building of New Taipei City Government is a public building that compares itself to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. It has been completed for 16 years.

This building has adopted a 3-step strategy to transform itself into an intelligent energy-saving building. The steps were

1) energy saving and carbon emissions reduction 2) developing a smart energy-saving system 3) creating a sustainable workplace environment

Director General of Secretariat Ms. Chingyu Yao expressed that in 2018, the City Hall pioneered

the establishment of the first smart energy management center among all public agencies; this year, the City Hall will pioneer the New Taipei Electricity Network, extending the smart energy-saving system to all Level 1 and Level 2 agencies and District Offices, totaling 162 units.

Smart energy management center

Establishing a cloud management framework of the public sector’s power consumption enables remote control of real-time power consumption information of various units. Instant warning of abnormal power consumption can be issued to allow necessary load shedding measures be taken, thereby avoiding receiving fine for term violation.

In 2020, the New Taipei Electricity Network will be extended to cover 325 schools in this city. The big data of power consumption accumulated can be used to analyze and derive an optimal power price management model for each agency, thus effectively improving the power management efficiency of government agencies and schools as well as saving power costs. Yao emphasized that by taking the initiative of promoting smart energy-saving strategies, the New Taipei City Government fulfills its responsibility as a public agency.

Energy saving and carbon emissions reduction are the duties of every modern citizen regardless of the presence of power shortage. Constructing New Taipei City into a smart city not only exhibits the city government’s resolution and endeavor of fulfilling the United States’ Sustainable Development Goals, but also makes the city government a key promoter of sustainable city in Taiwan as well as in Asia. Statistics from the Secretariat show that the annual power consumption of the City Hall has been decreasing since 2010, and that the total power saved from 2010 to 2018 reached 25.96% of power consumption.

In particular, the power consumption of 2018 was the lowest (20.07 million kWh) in history. The power consumption by the end of July 2019 also decreased by 5.03% compared to that of the same period last year, which was approximately 650,000 kWh. The introduction of smart energy-saving management strategies is expected to further improve energy efficiency of the City Hall.