Taiwan Boasts Tallest Green Building

How big can a building be and still be certified green? The answer is, very big indeed, as the Taipei 101 building in Taiwan–home to more than ten thousand tenants–has just received LEED Platinum certification in the Existing Building Operation and Maintenance (EBOM) category from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the tallest green building in the world (at least until this one gets built.)

The skyscraper (which was formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center) stands 1,670.6 feet and was the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2010. The effort to green its operations, according to a recent release, took “tremendous man-hour[s] and resources” over the past last two years. Efforts focused on improving indoor air quality for tenants, as well as on rainwater harvesting, which provides 100% of the irrigation for the building’s landscaped areas.

Taipei 101

image via Wikipedia

Additionally, Taipei 101 sponsors the nearby Zhong-Qiang Park to preserve urban green space and reduce CO2 emissions in the city, improving local air quality. All of the building’s parking lots are located in the basement level, effectively reducing the heat island effect that plagues the large blacktops often required for tenant and employee parking.

Beyond qualifying as the world’s tallest green building, Taipei 101 has also set world records for the largest green building (about 150,000 square meters, or 492125.984 square feet), and the green building with the most users.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.