SOURCE: TAIPEI 101 Green Building

July 07, 2016 07:15 ET

TAIPEI 101 Receives LEED v4 Certification From U.S. Green Building Council as All-Time Top Scorer

TAIPEI, TAIWAN--(Marketwired - Jul 7, 2016) - After five years of relentless effort, TAIPEI 101 receives the world's most authoritative and elusive green building certification -- LEED v4 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Version 4) -- from the U.S. Green Building Council with the highest score in history, achieving the highest level of Platinum in the category of Operation and Maintenance of Existing Buildings. TAIPEI 101 is the first supertall building outside of the U.S. to have achieved this feat, and the only building in Taiwan to be recognized. After its previous LEED certification in 2011, TAIPEI 101 continued to take on greater challenge in this certification, which represents TAIPEI 101's commitment to sustainable development in Taiwan for 10 consecutive years.

Mr. Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Operating Officer of USGBC, has flown in to Taiwan to show the importance of this occasion. He presents LEED v4 Platinum Plaque to Chairman Joseph Te-Yu Chou of TAIPEI 101, and the two jointly host the lighting ceremony, which symbolizes TAIPEI 101's new milestone as LEED v4 Platinum Green Building and that TAIPEI 101 will join forces with USGBC to promote LEED v4 certification in the region.

In his opening remark, Chairman Chou mentions that TAIPEI 101 has spent five years and invested over 20 million NTD for this certification, carrying out upgrades and renewals of various equipment and systems, while installing new measures for smart energy management, green lighting, air conditioning energy saving, and environmentally-friendly electricity. The investment may be substantial, but it is definitely worth it for our island. Chairman Chou stresses that "The reason TAIPEI 101 took on the challenge of LEED v4 certification is embodied by the number in its name, 101; we are not satisfied with 100, we always want to do better and continue to transcend ourselves, showing the world the fighting spirit of people in Taiwan. Although TAIPEI 101 is no longer the world's tallest building, we have taken on a new image; we can proudly say that TAIPEI 101 is the new paradigm of global supertall green buildings. We are green today, and will continue our efforts in the future, so that this building is not just a landmark, but the green bright spot of Taiwan!"

Since 2008, TAIPEI 101 has invested 60 million NTD and tremendous manpower and resources to replace facilities and equipment, striving to transform into the world's first supertall green building that breathes. TAIPEI 101 successfully received green building certification in 2011, providing all people working in the building a quality and environment-friendly working environment. Today, the office building has increased total rented area by 20% compared to the first certification, and it is greatly encouraging to the management team to receive LEED v4 certification with such high occupancy rate. CEO and Founding Chairman of USGBC, Mr. Rick Fedrizzi, praises TAIPEI 101 that "With such distinguished leadership, TAIPEI 101 is showing it can stand taller among its peers, without adding a single floor."

TAIPEI 101 Green Building
TAIPEI 101 was the tallest green building in the world from 2011 to 2016. From 2015 TAIPEI 101 started to apply for higher recertification-LEED version 4 and set a new world standard on Green Supertall Buildings. From the very beginning, TAIPEI 101's original design concept had combined oriental Zen style and green building design. In 2011 TAIPEI 101 had achieved LEED platinum certification for existing buildings. However, TAIPEI 101 believes "we should do better and better to protect our earth" and dedicates 101% efforts to surpassing ourselves for environmental protection and continuing to be a world-renowned benchmark for green building.

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