The Taipei 101 is located in Taiwan and stands at 1,666 feet tall, making it the world’s tallest green building by achieving LEED Platinum certification. Not only is this now the tallest building to receive LEED certification, it is also the largest scale building with a total area of 1.6 million square feet.
The Taipei 101 went through a long process to achieve LEED status, starting in November of 2009. One of the major differences between this unique building and other, non-green buildings is the air quality. There are 11 floors in the building that house air handling units that provide air conditioning to the rest of the building. These units monitor the level of CO2 in the air, so 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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A student residence in Oshawa built for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada’s fastest growing University) has been evaluated by the CaGBC for LEED Platinum certification. Upon successful evaluation, the 270,000 square foot building is one of the largest LEED Platinum certified buildings in Canada, creating a unique green community for students.
The building is built with a LOGIX insulated concrete forms system. The foam insulation in the Logix Platinum Series walls is provided by Neopor, patented by BASF in 1995. Used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years, Neopor is quickly gaining market acceptance in North America.
The unique concrete core of the LOGIX ICF forms a wall which is virtually air tight. Penetrations in the wall, such as windows, doors or utility service pipes are clearly identifiable and can be sealed for air tightness as well. This creates a building that is effectively insulated, in addition to other energy efficient features.
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