The tallest green building could soon be Taiwan's Tapei 101.
Tapei 101 was the tallest building in the world, but it recently yielded this title to Burj Dubai. Now, to reclaim some of its former glory, the company managing the tower will strive to make it the tallest green building, switching to energy-saving light bulbs
and more efficient garbage transportation - among other things - in the effort.
After the 818-meter high Dubai skyscraper - standing 310 meters higher than Taipei 101 - officially stole the Taipei building's lofty status, Taipei Financial Center spokesman Michael Liu said his company immediately turned its attention to establishing the building's green credentials. The company has already applied for green building certification based on the United States' LEED standard in October 2009.
To date, the Empire State Building is the only other skyscraper that has applied for LEED certification. Still, at 300 meters high, the Empire State Building leaves the gate wide open for Tapei 101 to gain the title its company desires.
Even though Tapei 101 was created to be an eco-friendly building, the company will invest a total of $60 million in green expansions. The renovated Tapei 101 will feature double pane windows that block outside heat, automated energy control systems, energy efficient light bulbs
, and more.
Liu is confident the building will meet LEED standards. "It is expected to be certified in 18 months and will become the world's tallest green building," he told the Taiwan News.
In addition to being good news for Taiwan nationalists, this could be good news for green initiatives of the decade. A little healthy competition could help spearhead the green building trend.