Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. – Oct. 16, 2012 – TSMC today announced that its Fab 12, Phase 1 and 2 manufacturing facility earned the semiconductor industry’s first “Platinum” certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Existing Building: Operation and Maintenance” (LEED – EB O&M) rating system. This is TSMC’s sixth LEED-certified building Note 1, and the world’s first semiconductor wafer fab to gain LEED Platinum certification. In addition, TSMC’s Fab 12, Phase 4 office building has also become Taiwan’s first “Diamond” class “Intelligent Green Building” after gaining dual Diamond certifications both as a Green Building and an Intelligent Building from the R.O.C. Ministry of the Interior.
Since 2006, TSMC has pledged to build all new manufacturing facilities and office buildings according to the most up-to-date green building standards. Beginning in June 2011, TSMC extended this commitment to existing buildings, and Fab 12, Phase 1 and 2 was the first to apply for LEED Existing Building certification. Following a 15-month process with 50 building improvements and 17 energy-saving measures, Fab 12 Phase 1 and 2 successfully gained Platinum-class certification, LEED’s highest level of certification.
Fab 12, Phase 1 and 2 is the world’s largest LEED-certified wafer fab at 164,895 square meters, or 23 standard soccer fields, and has made significant achievements in carbon reduction, water conservation, as well as resource and materials consumption. In addition to exceeding the ISMI FABS21 Note 2 energy efficiency benchmark by 79%, Fab 12 Phase 1 and 2 also recycles up 90% of the water used in the manufacturing process. This has reduces the potable water usage of cooling tower make up by 99%, while 100% recycled water is used for toilets and landscaping. In addition, the cafeteria follows the principal of “local production, local consumption” to reduce carbon emissions from transporting food. The factory uses computers compliant with environmental regulations, low-mercury fluorescent lamps, environmentally friendly furniture and building materials, and recycles 92.5% of waste. These measures not only greatly reduce the facility’s carbon footprint, they also save approximately NT$200 million in electricity costs each year.
In September 2012, TSMC’s Fab 12, Phase 4 office building became Taiwan’s first Diamond-class Intelligent Green Building since the R.O.C. initiated its “Intelligent Green Building Promotion Plan” in December 2010. The Fab 12, Phase 4 office building met official criteria by gaining Diamond certifications both as a Green Building and as an Intelligent Building. This office building is equipped with indoor and outdoor environmental quality and energy information systems, automated energy conservation systems in conference rooms, integrated facilities management systems, and intelligently automated systems which control lighting, air conditioning, indoor carbon dioxide. In addition, a vegetated wall rising through several floors of the building provides employees with a green and healthy working environment.
“TSMC holds fast to its green commitments while continuing to strive for sustainability, and the promotion of green buildings is one way for us to demonstrate the effectiveness of our green management and fulfill our corporate social responsibility,” said J.K. Wang, TSMC’s Vice President of Operations, 300mm Fabs. “TSMC will continue to share its experience in green buildings and green manufacturing to help others in the industry gain the advantages held by green companies and also do our part for the sustainable development of the earth.”
ISMI FABS21 is a statistical analysis software tool developed by the International Sematech Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It provides companies in the ISMI alliance with a platform for comparing the energy and water resource efficiency of a building and serves as a benchmark for continuous improvement and lowering costs. This tool is recognized by the U.S. Green Building Association as a basis of comparison for LEED-EB O&M.