TSMC Receives LEED Gold Certification for Two Green Buildings

Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. – Feb 3, 2012 – TSMC today announced that its Fab 14, Phase 4 manufacturing facility in the South Taiwan Science Park and its Fab 12, Phase 4 office building in the Hsinchu Science Park have both received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – New Construction (LEED-NC) “Gold” certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. These honors follow TSMC’s LEED certifications for the Fab 12 Phase 4 and 5 manufacturing facility in 2009 and the Fab 14 Phase 3 manufacturing facility in 2008, Taiwan’s first LEED-certified building. 

Starting in 2005, TSMC committed to a policy of constructing all new manufacturing facilities and office buildings according to the most up-to-date green building standards. TSMC has the most green building certifications of any corporation in Taiwan with four LEED Gold certifications, as well as three buildings with “Diamond” certification under Taiwan’s Ecology, Energy Saving, Waste Reduction and Health (EEWH) standard. In addition, TSMC initiated a green campus development policy at the end of 2010 to raise the efficiency of green buildings, optimize resource-sharing to reduce cost, eliminate unnecessary equipment and conserve resources, and to thrive alongside the natural environment through comprehensive site planning. TSMC plans to make Fab 12 in Hsinchu, Fab 15 in Taichung, and Fab 14 in Tainan into the company’s three main green campuses, and the Fab 12 and Fab 14 sites are now recognized as green campuses following these certifications.

The recently-certified Fab 14 Phase 4 facility has achieved outstanding performance in environmental sustainability, energy and carbon reduction, water resources, and waste reduction. Not only does the facility consume 27.2% less energy than the baseline standard set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), it also uses an innovative air recovery design to reach a waste heat recycling rate of 40%. It is also Taiwan’s first semiconductor manufacturing facility to use a Tetramethylammonium Hydroxide (TMAH) wastewater recycling system to extract and purify wastewater for recovery.

Certified at the same time is the Fab 12, Phase 4 office building, which uses intelligent control systems for lighting, air conditioning, and indoor carbon dioxide detection. A multistory vegetated wall also provides workers with a green and healthy office space. Compared with existing buildings, the Fab 12, Phase 4 office consumes 29.4% less electricity and 30.6% less water per person.

“TSMC protects our environment in many different ways, and green buildings and campuses are only one part of our sustainability management,” said Dr. Mark Liu, TSMC’s Senior Vice President of Operations. “TSMC is committed to being a good corporate citizen and will persist in carrying out its corporate social responsibilities in the areas of Morality, Business Ethics, Economics, Rule of Law, Sustainability, Work/Life Balance, and Philanthropy to serve as an uplifting force for society and the environment.”

To fulfill its social responsibility, TSMC is active in building a knowledge-sharing platform to do its part for developing green buildings and green factories both internationally and in Taiwan. More than 3,300 people have visited TSMC to learn about our green buildings, including delegations from APEC, the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative, government agencies, University departments in related fields, and companies including Mediatek, AU Optronics, China Steel, Hon Hai Precision Industries, and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering.