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Korean government is going to build zero carbon emission building

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Korean government is going to build zero carbon emission buildingThe National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) announced Sunday (Mar. 14) it will build a green building that emits zero carbon exhaust in Seo-gu district of Incheon. This so-called zero-emission building will produce its own environment-friendly, renewable energy to be used for heating and cooling and running the place.

The new building, which is to be two stories high, will be constructed in a 2,500-square-meter-space complete with halls for research, meetings, exhibitions and other promotional activities. The building will be named “climate change research dong.”(Dong is the appellation for one of the small administrative units in Korea.)

“Although there are other zero-emission buildings in Korea, they are all private homes. This is the first of its kind to be built for public use,” said the NIER official. Exactly 66 types of cutting edge green technology will be employed in the construction that is to cost 8.9 billion won in total.

Walls and roofs will be thoroughly insulated and windows will have triple glazing. Natural light from outside and LED light bulbs will take care of the office lighting. The energy savings alone will make up 40 percent of the energy normally needed for a building its size.

The remaining 60 percent will be covered by self-production of renewable energy. Photovoltaic (solar) panels will be used to produce electricity. Solar and geothermal pumps will take care of the heating.

NIER hopes to cut down the CO2 emissions by 100 tons annually. A similar amount is produced when driving a 2,000 cc car to and from Seoul and Busan 500 times. Still, this would only save 21 million won per year, which lags far behind the initial installation costs.

“It is not much when it comes to cost saving, but it will be a different story once the efficiency of photovoltaic electricity generation goes up from the present 14 percent to 40 percent,” said Lee Jae-beom, one of the researchers. “This new construction is a stepping stone to demonstrate the latest in technology to save energy and prove the potential of renewable energy.” The building is expected to be completed by November his year.

Credit: Kim Hee-sung – Korea.net Staff Writer

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