The World’s Tallest Green Building: Sustainability Award Winner and Model for the World

By: | October 31st, 2014

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Taipei 101 is the world’s third tallest green building at 1,667 feet (508m). It has received two special sustainability awards: “World’s Tallest Green Building” and LEED certification in Platinum, titles it still holds today.

The building houses 11,000 workers and ice is produced from within to keep them cool during hot and humid Taipei summers. Taipei 101 uses two dozen giant refrigerators to cool down the building. The novel method of cooling the building saves its operators €540,000 a year.

Another green highlight is the building’s roof and façade water recycling system that meets 20 to 30% of the building’s water needs.

Siemens Taiwan designed the cooling and recycling systems, along with partners EcoTech International and Steven Leach Associates. Making the building more profitable required a new approach to energy savings in an environment where energy prices are climbing.

Just $1.8 Million In Green Investments to Save $20 Million Per Year

In addition to the technological innovation in Taipei 101, the regulatory framework in Taiwan has served as an impetus to new approaches to cooling and energy-savings. For Siemens and its partners, Taiwan is a huge untapped market with significantly more business available on the Chinese mainland.

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David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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