Taipei 101 tower aims to be world's tallest green building

The iconic Taipei 101 tower has announced plans for an overhaul of the building with a green makeover as part of a drive against climate change.

Management of the Taiwanese tower said yesterday (November 2) it would apply for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certificate.

The certification process, which is expected to last about 20 months, will see tests run on green improvements already carried out at the site while several more eco-innovations are carried out.

In total there will be more than a hundred building modifications, check-ups, and what's called eco 'revolutions' carried out on the tower.

Work to green the building will cost at estimated £1,126,848 (60m new Taiwanese dollars) and will save around £350,000 a year

Taipei 101chairman, Harace Lin, said: "The management team not only wishes to make profits, we are trying to reach the break-even point and hence bring returns to our shareholders.

"But we're also expecting to make Taipei 101 an icon of green building industry in Taiwan and worldwide.

"Therefore, we have decided to apply for the world leading green building rating system LEED.

"As the world's tallest building Taipei 101 aims to raise people's awareness in our environment and be a pioneer of international green building certification for existing buildings."

It will include increased green landscape, energy-saving light bulbs and tube replacement, improved water efficiency and reduction.

And the most interesting part is to maximize the usage of local food among the restaurants in the building, in order to reduce carbon emissions in delivery.

Luke Walsh


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