Taipei 101, the tallest and largest green building of LEED Platinum certification in the world since 2011. Photo: Romain Pontida

More can be done, say experts, particularly through government incentives, education, and retrofitting old buildings.    Green buildings would seem to be perfect for hot climates. They’re cool (literally) and energy-efficient. They save money and may even contribute to saving the planet. Why then aren’t more of Taiwan’s commercial and domestic buildings green? According to…

View from Taipei 101 summer 2010 shows several major construction projects underway Photo: Lord Koxinga

Tourism from China buoyed Taiwan’s hotel sector during former President Ma Ying-jeou’s eight years in office, spurring hoteliers to refurbish aging properties and add thousands of new rooms to the market. Resilient demand helped hotels post enviable earnings. That golden era ended swiftly with the inauguration of President Tsai Ing-wen in May. Irked by Tsai’s…

High transaction costs are affecting foreign investors’ interest in Taiwanese real estate, while Taiwan’s institutional investors are looking abroad. As compared with some major Asian markets, Taiwan’s real estate market has been dominated by domestic investors. While freehold ownership is attractive to foreign investors, the low yield levels and a dearth of investment-grade properties are…

Far EasTone is supporting the Morgan Stanley bid for CNS as a holder of non-convertible bonds. Photo: CNA

Three operators with majority private-equity control are seeking approvals for changes in ownership. A decade or so ago, international private-equity (PE) firms looked on Taiwan’s major cable television enterprises as an excellent fit for their investment objectives. They saw opportunities to significantly improve the performance of companies in the cable sector to enable an eventual…

NCC Chairwoman Nicole Chan. Photo: CNA

The National Communications Commission (NCC) surprised industry stakeholders in the fall of 2015 when, after years of study and preparation, it abruptly released the proposed text of a series of five new laws intended to promote digital convergence. The five draft acts cover electronic communication, telecom infrastructure and resources, cable systems, telecom services, and terrestrial…

A representative demonstrates 5G service at the MOEA 5G forum. Photo: CNA

After arriving late to the 4G game, Taiwan is determined to capitalize early on the next generation of mobile communication technology. Taiwan has ambitious plans for 5G, a new mobile communication technology with faster speeds, greater capacity, and lower latency (transmission delays) than current network systems. Telecom industry watchers expect the official 5G standard to…

A total of 80 English Teaching Assistants will serve in schools in six locations around Taiwan this year. This month 80 young college graduates from American universities arrive in Taiwan to take up positions for the coming academic year as English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) in public schools. The initiative, sponsored by the Fulbright Program, began…