Taiwan’s Taipei 101 tower has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Existing Building Operation and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) certification at Platinum level, becoming the tallest building in the world to achieve LEED accreditation.
With the accreditation by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), Taipei 101 is also the largest green building, covering about 150,000m², to get LEED Platinum status.
Taipei 101 has surpassed the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) building, with a total area of 900,000ft², to become the world’s largest green building.
Taipei 101, with 90 tenants, is also accredited as the green building with the most users.
The operators of Taipei 101 worked with EcoTech International and Steven Leach Associates, Siemens’ building technologies division, to help the building maximise the skyscraper’s green features.
The building includes environmental features like waste reduction, energy and water-saving, improved indoor environmental quality, humidity and carbon dioxide levels.
There are 11 mechanical floors in Taipei 101 that have air handling units to provide air conditioning to different sections and a CO2 sensor is installed in each unit.
The design specification for CO2 levels in Taipei 101 is 600ppm, lower than the national standard of 1,000ppm.
Two sensors on each floor have been installed to monitor humidity levels through a centralised monitoring system.
The building was constructed at a cost of $8bn while the retrofit programme cost $2m.
The 101-storey building was completed in 2004 and is the second-tallest building in the world, surpassed only by the 2,717ft Burj Khalifa in Dubai.