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This is the world's TALLEST GREEN building

Last updated on: July 31, 2012 08:49 IST

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Located in Taiwan, Taipei 101 is the world's tallest eco-freindly building. The 1,666 foot tall building has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council.

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Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Centre, is a landmark skyscraper. Taipei 101 was designed by CY Lee & partners and constructed primarily by Samsung C&T and KTRT Joint Venture. The tower has served as an icon of modern Taiwan ever since its opening.

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Taipei 101 comprises 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. The building was architecturally created as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition.

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Taipei 101 is the first building in the world to break the half-kilometre mark in height. Taipei 101 displaced the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as the tallest building in the world by 56.1 m (184 ft).

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Image: Taipei 101 outdoor observatory.
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Various sources, including the building's owners, give the height of Taipei 101 as 508.0 m (1,667 ft), roof height and top floor height as 448.0 m (1,470 ft) and 438.0 m (1,437 ft). This lower figure is derived by measuring from the top of a 1.2 m (4 ft) platform at the base.

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Taipei 101 is designed to withstand the typhoon winds and earthquake tremors common in its area of the Asia-Pacific. Planners aimed for a structure that could withstand gale winds of 60 m/s (197 ft/s, 216 km/h, 134 mph) and the strongest earthquakes likely to occur in a 2,500 year cycle.

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One of the big differences between Taipei 101 and other non-green buildings is the quality of air. There are 11 floors in this building that house air handling units that provide air conditioning to the rest of the building.

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The various units monitor the level of CO2 in the air, and when it gets to high in a certain area, the units will draw in air from outside of the building to lower the CO2 levels.

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Taipei 101's management spent more than two years and over $200 million to transform the building for the LEED certification.

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The Tower is built on 380 concrete piles, sunk 80 meters into the ground. The world's largest passive tuned mass wind damper, suspended from level 92 down to level 88, helps to ensure stability and comfort.

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Taipei 101 stands for: technology, art, innovation, people, environment and identity. Taipei 101 has eco-friendly features such as energy management and control system, energy-saving lighting, garbage collection and so on.

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Taipei 101 is the first record-setting skyscraper to be constructed in the 21st century. Appropriately it exhibits a number of technologically advanced features as it provides a centre for business and recreation.

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The height of 101 floors commemorates the renewal of time: the new century that arrived as the tower was built (100+1) and all the new years that follow (January 1 = 1-01). It symbolizes high ideals by going one better on 100, a traditional number of perfection. The number also evokes the binary numeral system used in digital technology.

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Taipei 101, like many of its neighbours, shows the influence of feng shui philosophy. An example appears in the form of a large granite fountain near the tower's east entrance.

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The 101th floor is home to a private VIP club named Summit 101, according to the observatory brochure. No information about this club has ever been made public.


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