From Green Right Now Reports
No longer the tallest building in the world, Taiwan’s Taipei 101 now hopes to become famous for another distinction – the tallest green structure on the planet.
The building’s ownership plans to spend about $1.9 million over the next year to qualify for an environmental certificate that would give it a different kind of distinction over Dubai’s recently-opened Burj Khalifa, according to spokeman Michael Liu. The 1,670-foot structure hopes to be certified by U.S.-based Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design some time in 2011.
“We’re focused on being a Taiwan landmark, that won’t change, and on going green,” Liu told Reuters. “We’d be the tallest building to get a green certificate.”
The building will work with its tenants to cut electricity and water use and encourage recycling. Restaurants will be asked to bring in materials from as close as possible to cut down on transportation.
Of the 100 criteria on a working checklist, Taipei 101 already has met 60.
“We’re already pretty green,” Liu said. “In principle, there’s no major problem.”
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