Taipei 101, which was formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, has just received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification – the highest level in the category of operation and maintenance of existing buildings.
Before attaining a LEED v4 rating this year, the tower had previously received a platinum LEED v3 rating back in 2011. According to USGBC, Taipei 101 is the first skyscraper outside the United States and the only building in the city to have achieved such award and recognition. Re
Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC founder, chief executive and chairman praised the building for standing out among its other peers without having to add a single floor.
Tim Shen, director of head of sustainability at the Asia office of CBRE, said that apart from evaluating figures showing how much more energy a building saves compared with a LEED v3 rating, the higher grade requires the candidate to reach out to the local community to build a more solid green network. CBRE provided the consultation to Taipei 101 on how the achieve the green rating.
He also added that an MoU was signed with state-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) last year to create a “demand response” partnership. With this partnership in place, the building is able to follow a standard operating procedure enabling it to lower its energy usage for a period of time if ever electricity demand rises.
By the end of 2015, Taipei 101’s occupancy rate increased to 95.79 percent, a 50,000m2 increase compared with 2007. The building has saved as much as 262 gigawatts per hour of electricity, which is equivalent to a reduction of 139,083 tonnes of carbon emissions.