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Taiwan to raise eco materials content in buildings to 45%.

Taipei, March 15, 2012 (CENS) -- The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) has decided to amend regulations to raise the content of eco materials in buildings to 45% from the existing 30% and will put revised articles into effect by the end of this year.

The regulation revision and a new rule regarding quality control of indoor air, which will take effect in November this year, are expected to give a boost to Taiwan's eco-building materials industry.

Chairman T.C. Chen of Taiwan Green Building Materials Council estimated new regulations to create business opportunities worth approximately NT$100 billion (US$3.3 billion at US$1: NT$30) a year for the Taiwan industry.

According to the council, 626 of the island's building-materials manufacturers have won the government-established "Green Building Material Label" with a total of 5,244 product items. The certified manufacturers include Taiwan Glass Group, Nan Ya Plastics Corp., Nan Pao Resins Chemical Co., Ltd., Champion Building Materials Co., Ltd., Universal Chemical Corp. and Taiwan Fire Resistant Board Co., Ltd.

Chen's company, Sanyeu Building Material Co., Ltd., has invested around NT$30 million (US$1 million) to open a "green building material hall" on a 500-ping (1,652-square-meter) land in Taichung City, central Taiwan, where the company is headquartered. The company designates the hall as a showroom for its products and a classroom where specialists from academic institutes are invited to offer training programs for manufacturers as well as educations to consumers.

In the hall, over 2,000 products from some 50 suppliers are on display. They include water-saving, electricity-saving, and intelligent-building systems, as well as green-building materials, and green-building construction methods.

Chen pointed out that the association is aiming to convince the government into lifting the eco materials content to 100% and promote Taiwan-made green building materials on international markets in five years.
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Author:Liu, Ken
Publication:The Taiwan Economic News
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Geographic Code:9TAIW
Date:Mar 15, 2012
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