What Indian green building aspirants can learn from Taipei 101

Wed, 2017-10-11 11:01 -- SCC India Staff


World’s tallest green building – Taipei 101 – is a perfect example for many green building aspirants in India. To monitor energy management, the entire building is equipped with more than 1,00,000 points. A finance center has been deployed with an in-house waste management system, which covers the entire floor.

Michael Chia-Hao Liu, Vice President and Corporate Spokesperson, said, “Taipei 101 has spent five years and invested over $6,60,000 for this certification, carrying out upgrades and renewals of various equipment and systems, while installing new measures for smart energy management, green lighting, air conditioning, energy-saving and environmentally-friendly electricity. The investment may be substantial, but it is definitely worth it for this island nation.”

So what’s special about this building?
Energy saving: The building has saved 184 GW per hour in energy consumption since 2007, this is despite the financial tower occupancy rate increasing to 95.79 per cent by the end of 2015, a 50,000 sq m increase compared to 2007. Including power consumption of the shopping mall, Taipei 101 has saved 262 GW per hour, which is equivalent to a reduction of 1,39,083 tonne of carbon emissions.

Water saving: Taipei 101 has installed water-saving equipment in all toilets, which saves around 50,000 tonne of water annually, equivalent to the total water consumption of 140 households of four members. Also, by utilizing outdoor platforms, Taipei 101 recycles rainwater for 100 per cent reuse. Rainwater collected through the water collection system is used to water all plants in the building and the shopping mall, as well as in the washrooms in the shopping mall. During years with high precipitations, Taipei 101 can save about 58,000 tonne of water. Further, Taipei 101 is fully installed with smart digital water meter and water-saving equipment and facilities for more effective monitoring and utilization, thus preventing water wastage.

Recycling: Excluding the shopping mall, Taipei 101’s total wastes in 2015 weighed 1,214 tonne, of which 943 tonne was recyclable and 271 tonne was unrecyclable, and the recycling rate reached 77 per cent. From collection, classification, packaging, weighing to removal of wastes, Taipei 101 pays attention to every step of the waste management procedure. It features an enclosed garbage disposal system where unrecyclable wastes from different floors go through an automated process that shreds and presses the wastes, which are then removed from the building via garbage containers. This process saves manpower and eliminates messy environment, thus propelling the cycle of waste management.

(Rahul Kamat, was in Taiwan at the invitation of Taiwan External Trade Development Council)