Does anyone know of good examples of green architecture in Taiwan? I recently visited the beautiful public library in Beitou, and was thoroughly impressed, but I am more interested in how green technology is being integrated into domestic housing here. Our plans are much less ambitious than that large publicly-funded project, but it has rekindled our interest.
Here are some photos if you haven’t seen it:
We are toying with the idea of building our own house and would like to use whatever alternative energy technologies which are currently available, and appropriate, for the island. An architect friend is going to draw up the design, but I would like to do some of my own research before I hash things out with him.
I should add some specifics. We plan to build a modest single-level dwelling in Nantou. Land area might be about 100-200 ping, but he house will be no more than 40-50 ping. Wind power wouldn’t seem practical (although we are not ruling it out if there are great ideas out there) due to the mountains and lack of scale. Passive energy efficiencies resulting from materials and design along with energy from solar – photovoltaic & heating – are on the boards. We plan to have a Taiwan flora garden which will help mitigate heat although the attraction would mostly be for our and our neighbors pleasure. We have a locale in mind but have not purchased land yet.
If you know of any houses which might inspire ideas I would be happy to know about them. I would like to visit places this summer and late in the year.