Taipei 101, the tallest LEED Platinum certified “green” building in the world (501m) is impossible to miss in Taiwan. With 101 floors and five basement levels, the Taipei World Financial Center – or Taipei 101 for short – in Taiwan is the tallest building in Asia. The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. A multi-level shopping mall adjoining the tower has hundreds of fashionable stores, restaurants and clubs.
Let’s focus on the building automation system. The water-distribution system, the largest in Asia, has more than 3,400 terminal box controllers; and the lighting system networked with the air-volume system made Taipei 101 extremely energy efficient. Siemens focused on two of the seven LEED categories – “Energy & Atmosphere” and “Indoor Environmental Quality” – during the application for LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) certification. The company advised the operator, identified areas for improvement, and helped implement the necessary strategies and construction work for the planned additional energy savings and air-quality improvements in advance of LEED certification. The optimization of the HVAC system with timer-controlled exhaust fans, rationalized operations, and improved algorithms for the air-conditioning system, including other upgrades, was of particular significance.
Since being officially awarded the highest quality level of platinum for LEED Certification for Existing Buildings in 2011, Taipei 101 was considered the tallest “green” building in the world.
The office tower is now 30% more energy efficient than the average building with:
- 3,000 t reduction in annual CO2 emissions
- 10% annual reduction in water consumption, waste and electric power
- $700K annual savings due to reduced power consumption
Participants: Siemens, designed by C.Y. Lee & partners and constructed primarily by KTRT Joint Venture.