According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nine out of ten people worldwide breathe polluted air. Clean and safe air has become an extravagance for modern people. As the Covid-19 pandemic continuous to affect our daily life, many people begin to work from home or avoid going out which has worsened indoor air pollution. Utilizing smart health technology for buildings or indoor spaces is an effective solution to improve indoor air quality. Taipei Tech and Acer together held a forum on 15th December to discuss the trend of smart health technology and promote wellness building.
Jen Yi-Jun, Vice President of Taipei Tech, indicated that Taipei Tech has been deeply engaged in the subjects related to indoor environmental quality for years, such as smart sensing, healthy building, refrigerating and air conditioning engineering. The research and development capacity of our related research centers are widely recognized by the industry sector. “By joining hands with Acer and integrating our resources for talent cultivation”, said Jen, “I believe we can take the development of healthy building in Taiwan to the next level”.
In March, Acer just launched a project on promoting clean air and improving air quality through technology. Samuel Chang, local marketing division director of Acer, mentioned that air quality has become an even more significant issue amid the pandemic. “By integrating the resources and knowledge of Acer, Taipei Tech as well as the Environmental Protection Administration and Industrial Technology Research Institute, the future of healthy building will be redefined and the quality of living will be improved drastically.”
Tsai Meng-Yu, Director of Department of Air Quality Protection of the
Environmental Protection Administration, noted that the government has been strictly implementing the “Indoor Air Quality Act” since 2011 to monitor the air quality of indoor sites such as universities, hospitals, train stations, gyms and entertainment facilities. “We also cooperated with local governments to establish a cross-regional air pollution prevention and response team to maintain air quality and accelerate carbon reduction” said Tsai.
Hu Shih-Cheng, Professor of Taipei Tech Department of Energy and Refrigerating Air Conditioning Engineering, explained that the excess building density of urban area can easily lead to “Sick Building Syndrome” that causes potential health problems. Shao Wen-Cheng, Director of Innovative Green Building Materials Research and Promotion Center of Taipei Tech, also indicated that using green building materials can effectively prevent Sick Building Syndrome. He mentioned that the related regulations of green building product certification are not extended to renovation, and “if the regulation and certification of green renovation are established and followed,” said Shao, “it will not only reduce a lot of the problems faced during renovation, but will also the expedite the development of healthy buildings”.