air conditioning in mechanical areas to adjust to lower
temperatures, monitor outdoor temperature at different tower
heights (then modify indoor temperature accordingly), and
regulate lighting throughout the day and night.
In regards to water consumption, this metering combined
with other initiatives has allowed the building to continue
reducing its impact. Initially when TAIPEI 101 applied for
LEED, all faucet valves were replaced. For LEED v. 4, the
building further fine-tuned its water conservation by installing a
water treatment mechanism in the cooling tower, which allowed
water to be recycled a minimum of 10 times. The building
also collects and reuses rainwater for mall restrooms and
landscaping. As a result of all the water conservation activities,
consumption decreased by 54,000 tons a year, equivalent to the
annual water consumption of 140 families of four, according to
Michael Liu, vice president of TAIPEI 101 Tower.
There are 26 categories of recycling in the building, bringing
about a daily waste recovery rate of over 70 percent. The
building’s occupant engagement policy encourages all tenants,
“Our double-decker elevators are truly innovative,” says Iping
Yang, marketing manager of TAIPEI 101 Tower. “We optimized
elevator efficiency by making 34 of the 50 elevators double-
decker. This means that elevators can stop at two floors at once,
doubling capacity for each trip and saving energy.” Automated
messaging inside each elevator informs guests if the elevator is
stopping to fill or release passengers on its second deck.
A STRUCTURE OF STRENGTH AND SAFETY
TAIPEI 101 was constructed with an eye on the types of natural
disasters that affect the area. It can withstand major earthquakes
and Category 17 gale force winds with speeds up to 60 meters
(approx. 197 feet) per second.
To maintain the systems of such a complex building—and
ensure safety—TAIPEI 101 has a mechanical floor with two
“refuge rooms” every eight floors. Refuge rooms are designed
to protect individuals trapped inside the building during an
emergency and contain water and other emergency supplies.
The control room, located in the basement, houses the
control areas for the EMCS system. A staff of approximately
12 is employed by the management team to regularly check
and maintain the control areas on a round-the-clock basis. Fire
drills are held twice a year, alongside other training programs
for emergency teams.
THE DAMPER—HOLDING SWAY
An unusual feature of the building is its wind damper, the world’s
heaviest and largest, weighing 660 metric tons and made of 41
layers of riveted steel boards. It is the first operational wind damper
in the world that is exposed for public viewing. The damper is
an important structure for wind and earthquake resistance,
countering the effects of wind and seismic activity on a skyscraper
to reduce the motion of the building by swinging in the opposite
direction, dissipating the vibrational energy.
LEADING THROUGH SUPERIOR MANAGEMENT
TAIPEI 101’s management team prides itself on employing
individuals who are always forward-thinking and looking for
ways to improve and implement new strategies that keep the
building’s cutting edge. “We are always trying to progress,” says
Woody Jiang, manager and head of the Tower Property. “At
TAIPEI 101, our focus is not on the height of the building, but
the depth of its management and service,” he adds. “We work
to achieve a balance every day between corporate profits, social
responsibility and environmental responsibility.”
Leah Misbin ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is director of international programs at
IREM Headquarters in Chicago.