Taipei 101: The World’s Tallest Green Office Building
Taipei 101 – Taiwan.
Located in Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei 101 – formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center – is a landmark skyscraper comprising 101 floors, with a further 5 floors based underground. As a mixed-use development the tower features a shopping centre, restaurants and observation decks, along with many floors of prime office space – some of which are fully serviced.
Formerly the tallest building in the world before it was surpassed last year by Dubai’s soaring 2,717 ft Burj Khalifa, Taipei 101 – which was the world’s first building to break the half-kilometre height mark – continues to set new records. And now those records are extending into the sustainable building sector.
In July 2011 it was announced that Taipei 101 became the tallest property to achieve the coveted LEED status – ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’ – of which the highest certification of ‘Platinum’ has been awarded.
LEED is a rating system similar to BREEAM (more commonly known in the UK) that assesses properties based on a number of environmental factors, ranging from architectural design and energy savings to water efficiency and CO2 emissions. Depending on how the building scores in each category, an overall rating is then assigned to the property which falls into one of four levels of accreditation – Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
Following extensive improvements to the building and after a final analysis, the US Green Building Council (USGBC), which founded LEED in 1998, has assigned the highest certification of ‘Platinum’ to the property within the LEED-EBOM category – ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Existing Building Operation and Maintenance’.
View from Taipei 101 with the tower’s shadow extending across the city.
With a total area of 1.6 million sq ft Taipei 101 is also the largest scale building to acquire LEED Platinum as well as the tallest.
Chairman of Taipei 101 Harace Lin decided to go for the top level Platinum certification. Following an analysis of the building by the USGBC, the team were then tasked with a number of developments that must take place in order to satisfy the strict requirements of the Platinum grade.
Over one hundred improvement and rectification projects took place which are now helping the building to perform to a higher standard in different fields such as waste reduction, energy saving, water retention and the quality of the indoor work environments, with measures introduced such as precision control of office temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels.
Commenting on the achievement, Mark MacCracken, chairman of the USGBC board, said:
“The USGBC knows that the retrofitting of buildings will have to happen to make a dent in the greening of the planet. There are now no excuses. With Taipei 101 there is no model in the world that is bigger or taller. This is a monumental event.”
Chairman of the board of trustees for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Dr Sang Dae Kim, added: “Although tall buildings are commonly known as unsustainable, this building is setting an example on what tall buildings can do in terms of sustainability.”
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