cens logo

New Rules Lead to More Diverse Green Building Materials from Taiwan

Manufacturers use environmentally friendly technologies to develop the materials of tomorrow

Sep 03, 2013 | By Ken Liu

ITRI’s unique sunshade window glass. ITRI’s unique sunshade window glass.
Taiwan's manufacturers are now turning out a more diversified range of green building materials, thanks partly to new regulations that raise the ratio of eco materials for new buildings on the island from 30% to 45% for indoor materials and from zero to10% for outdoor materials, effective in 2012.

In addition to products made with recycled materials, non-toxic substances, and energy-saving technology, many of manufacturers have applied optoelectronics technology in making eco materials. Whatever technology is used, however, the materials must be recyclable, ecological, and non-hazardous, and have high performance, to meet the government's “green” standards.

One striking example of the development of green materials comes from the Material & Chemical Research Laboratories, a unit of the government-supported Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), which has introduced a unique window glass which doubles as a battery charger and solar radiation filter.

White Horse’s tiles are made of recycled materials. White Horse’s tiles are made of recycled materials.

The 50cm x 50cm glass panel can shut out around 50% of solar radiation, including ultraviolet and infrared rays, thereby providing savings on air-conditioning costs. However, the panel allows 90% of sunlight to pass through.

The glass panel is made up of two tempered glass panes which are sandwiched over a high dielectric polymer layer. On the edge of the glass is a photovoltaic silicon structure, which converts the solar radiation caught and spread by the polymer film into electricity.

The electricity from a single panel is enough to power light household appliances. By connecting a number of panels in series, the amount of electricity produced can be increased to enough to power a greenhouse.

Glass fiber wool helps make Universal Cement’s gypsum panels a superb nonflammable building material. Glass fiber wool helps make Universal Cement’s gypsum panels a superb nonflammable building material.

Another innovative eco material is from Chiefway Optronics Co.: a PLCD (passive liquid crystal display) film that filters out the sun's heat, thereby cooling interiors and minimizing UV radiation damage. This material also affords air-conditioning savings.

The company says that its PLCD film stops 99% of UV and around half of IR, which produces heat, as well as being energy-efficient (each square meter consumes only two to three watts).

The Taiwan Glass Group has introduced a green low-emissivity (low-e) glass coated with an invisible thin metal or metallic oxide deposited directly on the surface of one or more panes of glass to capture sunlight in winter, keeping interiors warm, and filter out radiation in summer, keeping interiors cool. This, of course, provides savings on electricity used by air conditioners and heaters.

Lien Cheng’s “Seven Plus” non-toxic wood-plastic composites.Lien Cheng’s “Seven Plus” non-toxic wood-plastic composites.

Stanley Glass Co.'s Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) glass has even more green functions; in addition to having low-emissivity (low-E), it is integrated with solar panels to generate electricity. It can be used in single-family homes and offices.

Hsin I Cheng Ceramic Ltd. recently launched solar roof tiles that can be installed on existing homes with traditional roof tiles to reduce power use by tapping free solar energy.

White Horse Ceramic Co., Ltd., a certified green-materials supplier, makes tiles of recycled materials and coats them with nanometer-grade substances. The use of recycled materials helps minimize eco-damage from the mining of virgin minerals, while the nano-coating reduces the adhesion index and enables easier cleaning—in fact, it eliminates the need to use water to clean high-rise walls.

BioSun’s “CareMilieu” lacquer is toxin-free and stops the growth of 466 moulds.BioSun’s “CareMilieu” lacquer is toxin-free and stops the growth of 466 moulds.

The Champion Building Materials Group is using a new process to make tiles containing some 67% of reclaimed materials, far above the 20% benchmark contained in the government's green building materials standards.

The efficient use of reclaimed materials, water, exhaust gas, and energy in its manufacturing processes has enabled Champion Building Materials to reduce CO2 emissions by an amount equivalent to absorption by 130 hectares of vegetation, and to save enough water to fill 1,500 standard swimming pools a year, over the past four years..

Lien Cheng Environment Technology Inc., a subsidiary of plastic-processing-machine maker Hao Yu Precision Machinery Industry Co., is promoting its “Seven Plus” series of indoor plant walls and non-toxic wood-plastic composites as eco-friendly building materials.

The green walls capture carbon dioxide and VOCs, and restrain micro-organisms. The composites are 100% formaldehyde-free, nonflammable, and resistant to humidity and insects, and are certified as a first-grade nonflammable building material in accordance with Taiwan's industry standards.

The G3 International Co. offers lacquers that contain no formaldehyde, asbestos, or hazardous heavy metals, as well as being odorless.

According to the company's catalog, its unique, eco-friendly lacquer formula is especially suitable for applications in humid situations because its bacteria resistance prevents staphylococcus aureus, escherichia coli, and klebsiella phumoniae as well as various moulds from growing on surfaces painted with the lacquers.

The “CareMilieu” lacquer made by the BioSun Technology Co., a joint venture between Taiwan's Prince Housing & Development Corp. and a Japanese company, is not only toxin-free but also stops the growth of 466 moulds. This allows the lacquer to carry the Green Building Materials label, and leads to its adoption for use on the Taipei 101 tower.

Savco Corp., a hand-tool manufacturer, uses convection know-how to turn out an electricity-free ventilation structure which, the company says, can reduce the temperature in its own 11-meter high factory by five degrees Celsius during the hot summer months.

Basically, the company builds a long ventilation opening in a roof and then fixes two galvanized steel panels angled toward each other on both sides of the opening. The panels, coupled with a unique waterproof and dust-proof mechanism, keep raindrops from falling into the opening while the gap that is left between them lets heat out of the building; as hot air departs the top of the building, cool air is drawn in at the bottom. The structure has been patented in Taiwan.

Universal Cement Corp. provides gypsum panels that carry the government's Green Building Materials certification and can be installed on ceilings and used as room partitions. The panels contain no asbestos, VOCs, or formaldehyde, and are widely accepted as eco-friendly in Europe, the United States, and Japan.

Savco Corp.’s electricity-free ventilation system reduces temperatures by five degrees Celsius.Savco Corp.’s electricity-free ventilation system reduces temperatures by five degrees Celsius.

The company has added fire- and humidity-proof functions to the panels, winning it contracts to supply the material for use in the Taipei 101 Tower, Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Taipei), a Chimei Innolux Corp. factory, the Times Bus Terminal in Taipei City, and the Taipei Bus Station.

Tile maker Romaston Co., reportedly the world's No.2 supplier of artificial marble, has introduced silicate-based marble tiles by mixing recycled marble, glass, and optical lenses. The resulting green tile resists acid and alkali, is harder than conventional tiles, and is easy to make.

Liang Haw Technology Co. is promoting PE foam sheets made with electronic crosslink technology. The technology is non-toxic and uses PE foam, making it an ideal alternative to the Japan-made PE foam which has long dominated the Taiwan market. In the past local manufacturers made foam sheets with crosslink fluid, which is poisonous.

Woodeasy International Co. makes plastic wood that is totally eco-friendly: recyclable, durable, and formaldehyde free. The plastic wood, a mixture of 30% PVC from the Formosa Plastics Corp. and 70% ground waste wood, lasts as long as 30 years and can be recycled around 16 times; it is also chemical-resistant, deform-free, colorfast, nonflammable, and virtually waterproof.

Win Aluminum Co. uses advanced technologies to help homeowners reduce energy consumption by retaining heat inside in winter and cutting thermal-conduction to minimize heat exchange.

The company uses a unique Japanese-developed electroplating process on its windows and door frames to slow thermal conductivity, and installs double-glazing to slow heat transmission with the static air gap. The windows lock out heat in summer and retain warmth in winter to minimize energy use by air conditioners and heaters.

G-Pro Co. offers toxin-free lacquers, which the company says are free of formaldehyde, asbestos, hexavalent chromium, mercury, cadmium and cadmium compounds, argentums, and methylbenzene. In addition, they are odorless. The Healthy Green Building Materials label that the lacquers carry attests to their absence of toxins.

A unique eco-friendly formula allows G-Pro's lacquers to withstand at least 30,000 washings, chemical erosion, and two consecutive hours of exposure to 8000 C, as well as to stop the growth of molds on painted surfaces.


Industry Reports

Foxconn Engages European Auto Parts Talks for Tier 1 and EV Market Entry </h2>

Foxconn Engages European Auto Parts Talks for Tier 1 and EV Market Entry

Oct 20, 2020

Foxconn is looking to explore cooperation with European tier 1 auto parts suppliers in developing 3D auto-use curved glass covers. The electronics manufacturer is also reportedly engaging in talks with European auto firms to make curved, one-piece system consoles and dashboards. In a bid to diversify its product line, Foxconn's plans to enter the lucrative auto parts industry began with provid...


(File cabinets, photo courtesy of Chyn Fuh Enterprise Co., Ltd.)

Taiwan's Furniture Industry Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Oct 16, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected global and Taiwan's political and economic landscapes. Unlike some industries, the furniture sector did not escape unscathed, facing a squeeze from management and costs. While Taiwan continues to implement a stable, successful outbreak response, the industry has also misjudged the economic downturn duration. The furniture industry has yet to fully recover...


2020 Energy Vision Summit for Green Energy to Kick off in Nov.</h2>

2020 Energy Vision Summit for Green Energy to Kick off in Nov.

Oct 14, 2020

The Taiwanese government has pledged to lead the effort in further developing the sustainable green economy, which is among the sectors highlighted in the Tsai administration's "5+2 Innovative Industries Initiative." Economic Daily News is hosting the "2020 Energy Vision Summit - Green Energy 2.0" on November 11. As one of the government's core policies, improving the island's energy self-suff...



Industry In-Focus

Foxconn Engages European Auto Parts Talks for Tier 1 and EV Market Entry </h2>

Foxconn Engages European Auto Parts Talks for Tier 1 and EV Market Entry

Oct 20, 2020

Foxconn is looking to explore cooperation with European tier 1 auto parts suppliers in developing 3D auto-use curved glass covers. The electronics manufacturer is also reportedly engaging in talks with European auto firms to make curved, one-piece system consoles and dashboards. In a bid to diversify its product line, Foxconn's plans to enter the lucrative auto parts industry began with provid...


China's Strong Auto Market to Buoy Taiwan's Related Industries</h2>

China's Strong Auto Market to Buoy Taiwan's Related Industries

Oct 19, 2020

Taiwan's auto parts market has seen positive impacts as the Chinese automotive market continues to grow in its sixth consecutive month. Hotai Motors and Yulon Nissan Motor are the two significant firms enjoying the leverage. The island's related industries are benefiting from the strong performance of China's automotive market. Industry members say as long as competitive Taiwanese firms mainta...


Foundry Supply in a Pickle Amid Surging Demand Due to Pandemic and Restrictions</h2>

Foundry Supply in a Pickle Amid Surging Demand Due to Pandemic and Restrictions

Oct 19, 2020

Industry experts expect to see challenging times ahead for production in the foundry sector, forecasting that the current situation will not let up in the short-term and warns of unbalanced supply-demand next year. During the pre-pandemic era, IC design firms say clients usually made urgent orders to avoid having to manage inventory. Yet, considering limited foundry production volume, clients ...



Supplier News

(Electric Vehicle-Photo courtesy of CENS)

Microtest: Precise, Reliable, and Always Improving

Oct 16, 2020

Eyes Stake in 5G Industry with Impedance Analyzer 6632 With greater demand for electronics and manufacturers' need for more precise and diverse applications than before, testing equipment that ensures the reliability, safety, and quality of parts are in hot demand. Founded in 1993, Microtest Corp. is a professional maker and developer of high precision and automatic testing and measurement ins...


(Photo courtesy of Ho Shuan Enterprise Co., Ltd.)

Ho Shuan is Your Choice for Educational Furniture and More

Oct 16, 2020

Insisting that its customers are always a top priority, Ho Shuan Enterprise Co., Ltd.'s R&D team provides the best educational furniture and peripherals, computer tables, and desks to meet all customer requirements. Established in 1986, Ho Shuan has experienced recent sluggish local market performance, but eventually rebounded and came back better than ever. Despite difficulties, the firm neve...

HO SHUAN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.


(S16-M01 Short Swivel-Handle Cabinet, photo courtesy of Chyn Fuh Enterprise)

Chyn Fuh: A Quality OA Metal Furniture Maker

Oct 16, 2020

Chyn Fuh Enterprise, founded in 1993, entered the market with the sole aim of offering other OA metal furniture options for customers. Since its inception, Chyn Fuh has focused on designing and producing OA metal furniture, providing various office use products, including file cabinets, storage cabinets, office desks, and different assistive metal products. Chyn Fuh partook in many government ...

CHYN FUH ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.



Insiders' Views

Caption: Pictured from front row, third right, Changhua County Government Economic Affairs Department Director Liu Yu-ping, County Magistrate Wang Huei-mei, Secretary Chen Bo-tsun pose in front of the exhibition booth. (Photo provided by CHCIA)

Changhua County Government Shores up Biz-Matching to Global Buyers

Nov 18, 2019

■Yang Feng-Chun In a bid to assist manufacturers in Changhua County to expand their market reach overseas against severe competition in the globalized market, Changhua County Government has been an active player in pushing for a makeover and innovation of its local small and medium-sized enterprises. This is done in hopes of establishing stronger connection with international markets. An ex...


Paul Master offers high-quality chassis and engines parts for passenger cars, trucks, and industrial trucks. (Photo courtesy of Paul Master)

Paul Master Builds Reputation with Auto Chassis and Engine Parts

Nov 18, 2019

Founded in 1980, Paul Master Auto Parts Co. is headquartered in Taiwan, a professional manufacturer of chassis and engines parts for passenger cars, trucks, and industrial trucks including forklifts. General Manager Terry Liang said the company has its own professional design department, which provides customized products and specifications for global buyers, including automobile steering and...

PAUL MASTER AUTO PARTS CO.


Nan Hoang Traffic Instrument Co., Ltd.</h2><p class='subtitle'>Taiwan First brakes Technology Co., Ltd. </p>

Nan Hoang Traffic Instrument Co., Ltd.

Taiwan First brakes Technology Co., Ltd.

Sep 04, 2019

Nan Hoang Traffic Instrument Co., Ltd is one of the major manufacturers of automobile friction materials in Taiwan and globally. Chairman Austin Cheng has implemented the double-arrow strategy this year - own brand of “YangPo” is adopted to focus on global channels while the “NHC brand focuses on improving market shares in global markets, such as Europe, America, Asia, Australia, and the Middle E...



Exhibition Highlights

Gearing up for Post-COVID Recovery, THS Coming Soon in October</h2>

Gearing up for Post-COVID Recovery, THS Coming Soon in October

Oct 07, 2020

As the only hardware and hand tools trade show taking place this year globally, the three-day Taiwan Hardware Show (THS) will soon kick off on 13th October at the Taichung International Exhibition Center. Positive industry outlook for the post COVID-19 era has led to over 370 companies signing up as exhibitors, in a bid to gear up for a long-awaited economic recovery and plan the next strategic m...


Stable Development and Popular Fastener Show in China</h2>

Stable Development and Popular Fastener Show in China

Sep 11, 2020

Driven by market prospects, domestic and international exhibitors actively prepare International Fastener Show China in Shanghai on November 3-5, 2020. Suffering from global epidemic and quarantine nearly half year, exhibitions are hot and popular in mainland China. Thousands of visitors join and visit the exhibitions with inquiries, and are eager to know new technology. Domestic and inter...


2020 Medical Taiwan to Host In-Person and Virtual Events</h2>

2020 Medical Taiwan to Host In-Person and Virtual Events

Sep 10, 2020

2020 Medical Taiwan is slated to kick off on Oct. 15 to Oct 17 at Nangang Exhibition Hall 2. Aside from events at the show, show organizer Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is also hosting the “Medical Taiwan Virtual” online edition at the same time due to travel restrictions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual edition will present 200 exhibitors and over 700 medic...