Looming over the city skyline of Taipei, Taiwan, is the
remarkable TAIPEI 101. Totaling 101 floors above ground and
five below, this mixed-use property houses a shopping mall, office
space, restaurants and an observatory, all the while boasting
the world’s fastest elevators—with speeds of 1,010 meters ( 3,300
feet) per minute. It is estimated that 14,000 tenants and visitors
occupy the building every day, not counting the 8,000 tourists
who come exclusively to visit the observatory daily.
Although TAIPEI 101 lost its record as the world’s tallest
building in 2010, Taipei Financial Center Corporation, its
management team has made it a priority to stay on top of the
latest trends in sustainability. In 2016, TAIPEI 101 earned a
record-setting 90 LEED points—making it the world’s tallest
LEED v. 4 Platinum Certified Building—and received the 2016
Performance Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and
Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
Structurally designed to look like bamboo shoots with
pagoda points, adorned with ornaments of ancient Chinese
coins symbolizing wealth and dragon heads signifying authority,
TAIPEI 101 is a striking blend of cutting-edge technology and
distinct traditional style.
A CULTURE OF EFFICIENCY AND INNOVATION
In 2011, TAIPEI 101 first received LEED v2009 Platinum
Certification, but that wasn’t enough. Continuous investment in
upgrading both environmentally conscious systems and digital
intelligence has allowed this building to keep evolving and
improving its sustainability statistics every year.
To accomplish this task, the structure has over 100,000
detecting points, allowing for building-wide metering though
an Energy Management Control System (EMCS).
The EMCS is programmed to set off an alarm whenever
energy consumption rises over 5 percent above the expected
amount. When this happens, detection points reduce
consumption with auto-shutoff and temperature-stabilizing
smart technology. On a regular basis, these sensors reduce
AT TAIPEI 101, OUR FOCUS IS NOT
ON THE HEIGHT OF THE BUILDING,
but the depth of its management and
service. We work to achieve a balance
every day between corporate profits,
social responsibility and environmental