A team of 16 students from the Diploma in Green Building & Sustainability and 24 from the Diploma in Integrated Facility Management embarked on a 6D5N study trip to Taiwan from 6 – 11 Oct 2013. One of them, Michael Lim, blogs about it.
Michael (extreme right) at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
We set out on the trip full of anticipation, all 40 of us with 2 lecturers. We were going to see, touch, feel, and smell, for ourselves the facilities and how they are managed in one of Asia’s most advanced economies.
One of the highlights of our trip was the visit to “Taipei 101” – for 6 years the tallest building in the world with 101 storeys (incidentally, that’s how it got its name!). Built in 2004, the building was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. We were taken around to learn about its waste management system and rainwater harvesting system which caters to 25% of the building’s water needs.
We then visited the Green Library, a two-storey eco-friendly green building which uses natural air ventilation throughout its operating hours.
Next up was the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei. There, we made some interesting discoveries: Did you know that its train station is the only one in Taiwan that does not have any advertisements, as a mark of respect to the late General Chiang Kai-shek? In addition, the number of stairs leading to the memorial hall is equivalent to the number of years that Chiang Kai-shek lived (which is 87).
We also visited several cultural attractions, such as the Yilan Lanyang Museum and the National Centre for Traditional Arts, a 70’s era street filled with shops selling traditional handicrafts and food items.
“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced,” says the 19th century romantic poet, John Keats. Well, what we have learnt in the classroom has certainly become more real for us!