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Film on rebirth of flood-ravaged school premieres on Earth Day

2012/04/22 19:02:41

Kaohsiung, April 22 (CNA) A documentary chronicling a flood-ravaged school in a rural part of Taiwan that has been reborn as a model of green architecture premiered on Sunday to mark Earth Day.

The documentary, titled "Megastructures: Eco School," produced by the National Geographic Channel, follows a team of Taiwanese architects, engineers and construction workers as they rebuild an elementary school in the Namasia District of Kaohsiung that was destroyed by flooding in the wake of Typhoon Marakot in 2009.

Featuring the cultures of the Bunun and Tsou tribes, green building construction methods and eco-friendly materials, the school has been able to reduce its power consumption by 65 percent, according to school authorities.

One of the highlights of the school is a 660 square-meter "green library" that has been built using local timber, LED lighting and diffusive glass and reflective panels to enable more natural light to reach the interior of the building, said chief architect Kuo Ying-chao.

Six large wind turbines built on the school's grounds, each as high as a four-story building, as well as 84 solar panels on the school's roof with a nominal generating capacity of 29 kilowatts will help the school conserve energy, Kuo went on.

Kuo also designed the Beitou branch of the Taipei Public Library, Taiwan's first certified green architecture project.

After the premiere, the documentary will be aired to 100 million households in 35 countries in Asia, according to the channel.

The project was jointly sponsored by the government and the Delta Electronics Foundation.

(By Nancy Sha and Hanna Liu)