Being tall is so yesterday. These days being “green” is the new barometer of greatness, and for Taipei 101 in Taiwan – formerly the world’s tallest building – that is exactly how it will continue to stand tall among the world’s greatest superstructures.
The towering 101-storey tower as ushered in a new era by being named the “World’s Greenest Tall Building” by several international press agencies, based on the fact that it is the highest scoring Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 project in the world to-date. It was also the first building to reach the 90 points threshold.
LEED is a green building rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) that has gained prominence on a global scale. Across Asia some 6,700 projects of varying types have registered for the accreditation to-date and more than 2,100 projects have gone on to be LEED-certified as green buildings.
To achieve its high score, Taipei 101 appointed CBRE’s Sustainability Asia in 2014 to act as LEED consultant and guide them through the process of recertifying its previous LEED v2009 Platinum certification. Two years later, this exercise has now culminated in the tower reaching the highest echelon of green buildings on the globe.
According to CBRE Asia, green buildings are becoming increasingly common on our continent, but few are adopting the newer, more stringent, v4 version of LEED accreditation.
“The majority of projects continue to pursue the now familiar LEED v2009 rating system. However, LEED v4 has significantly raised the bar to help the real estate industry move towards the levels of green building performance we need to achieve,” said CBRE Asia’s head of sustainability Tim Shen.
“TAIPEI 101 management’s keenness to embrace the challenge of this higher standard, to look at new ways of integrating sustainability into real estate, and the leadership shown by their property management and engineering teams, truly sets a new benchmark for the industry,” he added.
Since the launch of LEED v4 in 2013, 66 buildings around the world have been certified with the system and of those, 24 have used the LEED O+M (operations and maintenance) rating system. In that time in Asia, LEED v4 projects represented around 17 per cent of new registrations.
“Taipei 101’s achievement is especially significant given the size and scale of the building, the number of tenants, and the fact that this has taken place in Asia. We believe that this will encourage others to make the leap from LEED v2009 to LEED v4, and marks a turning point in the greening of buildings worldwide. This could have a truly transformative impact on cities,” said Shen.
Chairman of Taipei 101 Joseph Chou said that the LEED v4 O+M Platinum recertification in the height of the company’s financial performance is solid evidence that excellent management can bring landlord and tenant interest in perfect alignment to further the cause of sustainable leadership.
“It is also the ethically right thing to do, to mitigate the impact of the built landscape on our global climate,” he added.
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