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Taipei 101 to become world's tallest green building in Q3

2011/01/15 14:17:12

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) The Taipei 101 skyscraper, a landmark inTaiwan's capital, is expected to become the world's tallest greenbuilding by the third quarter of this year at the latest, itsmanagement said Saturday.

The company that manages Taipei 101, also known as the TaipeiFinancial Center, has filed an application with the Leadership inEnergy and Environmental Design (LEED) for a platinum-degreecertification so it can be recognized as the world's highest greenbuilding, Hsu Chao-fa, a manager of the building, said.

The building had been the world's highest building from 2004,when it was officially ranked as such, until the inauguration of theBurj Khalifa in Dubai last year.

Hsu said the building has invested NT$4.83 million (US$166,348)in energy conservation and the move has paid off by enabling thebuilding to save about NT$12.42 million in electricity bills a year.

As early as 2008, the building's management had seriouslyconsidered how to make the building more energy efficient and it hadtaken a series of coordinating measures to achieve energy savings andcarbon dioxide emission reductions, Hsu said.

In addition, Hsu said, the building also changed its lighting toenergy efficient systems and began using ultra red ray sensor controlequipment, which cut energy consumption by 9.6 percent between 2008and 2010.

The manager added that the building's management watches closelythe temperature each day to adjust air conditioning systems, whileadopting time control to manage lighting.

The owner of Taipei 101 is among the business operators in Taiwanto echo the Ministry of Economic Affairs' goal of cutting carbondioxide emissions.

The ministry successfully convinced the local business sector toreduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3.93 million tons last year, whichcreated about NT$1.8 billion in economic value.

(By Lin Shu-yuan and Frances Huang)