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 Making history once again: Taipei 101

The landmark Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taiwan has made it into the history books for a second time after it was officially named the ‘World’s Tallest Green Building’.

The 101-story tower last week received the highest platinum certification under the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards for an existing building.

Standing at 1,667 feet the skyscraper situated in the Taiwanese capital held the title of the world’s tallest building until 2010 when it was superseded by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Cathy Yang, vice president of Taipei 101, was a speaker at the marcus evans Asian Infrastructure & Property Development Summit, that took place on 4-6 July in Macao.

She outlined the energy saving and sustainable features of this world famous structure that has led it to securing the ‘World’s Tallest Green Building’ title.

“From the beginning when we were designing the building we were using double low-e glass curtain wall. That was the first thing that we did right to be energy efficient. Also for the air conditioning system we have ice storage tanks. We produce ice in the evening when the power rate is lower and is easier on electricity. The ice is then melted to produce chilled water during the day for the air conditioning system.

“We also have an energy management control system that monitors all the other equipment so it can regulate and control the power consumption.”

When the building started operation, the energy conservation efforts continued, she added.

“We reviewed the public lighting and in the back of house area. We reduced some of the lighting as we felt there was too much so that reduce energy consumption too. From the beginning we were using P5 light tubes throughout the office space. The traditional is P8, which consumes more energy."

The building comprises almost two million square feet of office space apart from a podium that houses a shopping centre. Also on top of the tower is an observatory and two restaurant floors.     

However, managing such a large scale building is not without its challenges, Yang explains.

“Trying to ensure a balance by keeping operating expenses low and utilising the management fee we receive from tenants to cover costs is challenging. We now have 12,000 people working in the building so there is a lot involved in transporting these workers around the building at peak times. Keeping everyone that works in the building happy is also very challenging,” she adds.

The marcus evans Asian Infrastructure & Property Development Summit, took place on 4-6 July in Macao.

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