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The making of an icon: TAIPEI 101 reaches for new heights by pursuing LEED v4

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When TAIPEI 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world originally certified in 2011 as LEED Platinum under LEED O+M for Existing Buildings, it was big news.  

But today the big news just got bigger. Not content to rest on their laurels, Taipei Financial Center Corporation announced its intent to recertify, and the project team plans to do so using the newest version—LEED v4 for Existing Buildings certification, and pursue platinum for this honor as well.

With this one act, TAIPEI 101 is destined to become the best-known LEED v4 Platinum project in the world. It will signal to markets in Asia and across the globe, that LEED’s leaders are choosing LEED v4. And it’s an opportunity to reach the millions of people who pass TAIPEI 101 in their daily lives, those who study it as one of the world’s tallest buildings, or those who stop to take a selfie. The message? This building was designed and built to perform, and we’re making sure that it continues to be the high performing, healthy green building that was envisioned.

Green buildings matter because they provide practical, measurable and tangible evidence of making a difference when it comes to so many of the problems we face. Chronic water shortages, polluted air, outsized energy use, inefficient resource use, and spiraling waste production—just take a look at the headlines this week and you’ll see that the bad news about global climate change is impacting our communities around the world. Knowing that green buildings have the power to save energy, save water, reduce waste and greenhouse gases, and improve human health and comfort, all the while saving money, creating jobs, and driving innovation, that’s the story that projects like TAIPEI 101 tell, and while we have thousands of these stories, we need hundreds of thousands more.

To inspire your own story, the LEED project team for TAIPEI 101 (led by global powerhouse CBRE) has agreed to share their incredible journey with us in a series of articles that we’ll publish on We’ll get the inside story on how they're taking this LEED Platinum building, with its 101 floors and 2 million square feet of space, and using LEED v4, to the next level. It’s one way it can stand taller among its peers, without adding a single floor.

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