TAIPEI 101 Honored as World's Greenest Tall Building
TAIPEI 101 Honored as World's Greenest Tall Building
July 15, 2016
CBRE Guides TAIPEI 101 to Achieving Highest LEED v4 Project To-date; Acknowledgement Marks New Era in Green Buildings
Taipei– CBRE and TAIPEI 101 have ushered in a
new era for international green buildings, becoming the highest scoring LEED v4
project in the world to-date, and the first to reach the 90 points threshold. TAIPEI
101 appointed CBRE’s Sustainability Asia team to act as LEED consultant to
guide them through the process of recertifying its existing LEED v2009 Platinum
certification in September 2014.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) is a green building rating system developed by the US Green
Building Council (USGBC) that has gained prominence on a global scale. Across
Asia some 6,700 projects of varying types, from interior fit outs to
neighborhood developments, have been registered to-date. More than 2,100 projects
have gone on to be LEED-certified as green buildings.
However, while green buildings are
increasingly common in Asia and around the world, the newer, more stringent v4 version
of LEED—that was achieved by TAIPEI 101—has been slow to be adopted by the
“The majority of projects continue to
pursue the now familiar LEED v2009 rating system. However, LEED v4 has
significantly raised the bar to help the real estate industry move towards the
levels of green building performance we need to achieve. TAIPEI 101
management’s keenness to embrace the challenge of this higher standard; to looking
at new ways of integrating sustainability into real estate, and the leadership
shown by their property management and engineering teams truly sets a new
benchmark for the industry,” said Tim Shen, Head of Sustainability, CBRE Asia.
Since the launch of LEED v4 in 2013, 66 buildings
around the world have been certified with the system and of those, 24 have used
the LEED O+M (operations and maintenance) rating system. In that time in Asia,
LEED v4 projects represented around 17% of new registrations.
“We continue to see a strong increase in
demand for green building and sustainable real estate practices from
institutional investors, and the third-party verified performance that LEED O+M
provides helps meet that. TAIPEI 101’s achievement is especially significant
given the size and scale of the building, the number of tenants, and the fact
that this has taken place in Asia. We believe that this will encourage others
to make the leap from LEED v2009 to LEED v4, and marks a turning point in the
greening of buildings worldwide. This could have a truly transformative impact
on cities,” Mr Shen added.
CBRE was able to help TAIPEI 101—a
supertall building with more than two million sq. ft. gross floor area, 101
floors and 126 different tenants—increase their LEED score from the original 82
points achieved in 2011, with 100% of submitted points being awarded and no
points being procured through the purchase of renewable energy offsets, despite
the use of the harder system, which was a key requirement set out by the
project team initially.
“LEED v4 O+M Platinum recertification in
the height of our financial performance is solid evidence that excellent
management is able to bring landlord and tenant interest in perfect alignment
to further the cause of sustainable leadership. It is also the ethically right
thing to do to mitigate the impact of built landscape on our global climate,” commented
Joseph Chou, Chairman of TAIPEI 101.
“TAIPEI 101 plays a
crucial role in the global green building movement and is a shining example of
LEED projects that are consistently raising the bar for our built environment,”
said Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Operating Officer, US Green Building Council and President
of Green Business Certification Inc. “Through achieving LEED v4 certification
at the Platinum level—the highest green building standard in the word—TAIPEI 101
has demonstrated their commitment to remaining at the forefront of the green
building movement and created a space that is better for the environment and healthier to
live, work and play in. TAIPEI 101 truly embodies the excellence in
performance that LEED v4 is all about and by re-certifying, TAIPEI 101 has
become the best-known LEED v4 Platinum project in the entire world.”
“Through our industry-leading
sustainability programs and long-established track record of LEED for Existing
Building certification, CBRE has helped clients realize approximately USD 358
million in asset value enhancements,” said Gary Thomas, Global Director of
Sustainability, CBRE. “Our detailed knowledge of the system, and particularly
our unparalleled experience with LEED recertification, made CBRE a perfect
partner for this unique project. “
Sustainability teams have successfully certified almost 500 buildings with the
LEED O+M rating system since 2008. Encompassing more than 143 million sq. ft.
of property, CBRE has helped its clients achieve annual savings of 228 million
gallons of water and 283,000 Metric Tons of CO2 emissions.
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