TAIPEI 101 in Taiwan became the world’s highest building in 2004 and replaced the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Five years later, TAIPEI 101 slipped from first to second place because of Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Recently, the Taiwanese skyscraper became the highest again – the highest scoring LEED v4 project in the world.
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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a popular green building certification program. It is applied around the globe and has been developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Launched in November 2013, newly registered building projects after October 2016 are obligated to apply the more stringent LEED v4. Worldwide, only 66 buildings have been certified with LEED v4.
TAIPEI 101 – Best-known LEED v4 Platinum project all over the world
“TAIPEI 101 plays a crucial role in the global green building movement and is a shining example of LEED projects that are consistently raising the bar for our built environment,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Operating Officer, US Green Building Council and President of Green Business Certification Inc. “Through achieving LEED v4 certification at the Platinum level—the highest green building standard in the word—TAIPEI 101 has demonstrated their commitment to remaining at the forefront of the green building movement and created a space that is better for the environment and healthier to live, work and play in. TAIPEI 101 truly embodies the excellence in performance that LEED v4 is all about and by re-certifying, TAIPEI 101 has become the best-known LEED v4 Platinum project in the entire world.”
Furthermore, TAIPEI 101 is the first who reached the 90 points threshold as consultant CBRE’s Sustainability Asia team states. CBRE led them through the recertification process of the existing LEED v2009 Platinum certification, issued in September 2014. More than 2,100 projects have been LEED-certified as green buildings by today all over Asia.
“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. TAIPEI 101 management’s keenness to embrace the challenge of this higher standard; to looking 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,” said Tim Shen, Head of Sustainability, CBRE Asia.
On their website, CBRE states:
CBRE’s global Sustainability teams have successfully certified almost 500 buildings with the LEED O+M rating system since 2008. Encompassing more than 143 million sq. ft. of property, CBRE has helped its clients achieve annual savings of 228 million gallons of water and 283,000 Metric Tons of CO2 emissions.