TSMC Fab 14, Phase 3 Wins LEED Green Building Certification With“Gold Class”Score

Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C., Aug 7, 2008 –TSMC announced today that its Fab 14, Phase 3 facility based in Southern Taiwan Science Park won certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – New Construction (LEED-NC) green building rating system with a “gold class” score. Fab 14, Phase 3 is the first building in Taiwan to receive certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

TSMC initiated a green building program in 2005 to strengthen environmental protection and energy conservation. The program covers design and construction of new fabs, enhancement of existing fabs, internal training, and encouraging sub-contractors to gain "green building" certification. TSMC established a Green Building Task Force and selected new fabs as well as office buildings for certification according to the U.S. LEED rating system and Taiwan’s Ecology, Energy Saving, Waste Reduction, Health (EEWH) standard.

“The U.S. LEED and Taiwan EEWH evaluation systems both measure sustainability, recycling, water conservation, energy efficiency and climate impact,” said Arthur Chuang, Director of TSMC’s New Fab Planning and Engineering Division. “We adopted both of these systems when we began designing Fab 14, Phase 3 three years ago, and registered the project with the U.S. Green Building Council in December of 2006. Following an evaluation of our design, construction, and systems performance in areas including site sustainability, energy savings, water efficiency, waste reduction, and indoor environment, we were able to receive certification in August 2008 with a ‘gold class’ score. TSMC’s Fab 14, Phase 3 was able to reduce energy consumption a further 20 percent below standards set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). It also reached a water recycling rate of 85 percent and was able to recycle 91 percent of construction waste.”

“With our green building certification, we can not only evaluate and reduce unnecessary operating costs, we can also objectively look at the environmental performance of facilities’ systems, and do a little more for the Earth,” said Dr. Mark Liu, Senior Vice President of Advanced Technology Business. “TSMC is an active participant in the worldwide movement to reduce carbon emissions. Fab 14, Phase 3, which recently began volume production, was our first certified green building, and Fab 12, Phases 4 and 5 will be our next green buildings. In the future, all of TSMC’s new fabs will be built according to green building standards, and our existing facilities will consult LEED Existing Building (LEED-EB) standards in their operations. In addition, TSMC plans to hold a ‘green forum’ in October and invite experts from industry, government, and academia to share their concepts and methods in environmental protection.”

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The LEED-NC rating system was set by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998 and is currently the most widely-used green building certification system in the world. The U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit organization that uses voluntary certification to encourage sustainable building design and construction. LEED-NC evaluates six major areas: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Design Process. Ratings are assigned with a maximum score of 69 points, with 26-32 points rated as “Certified”, 33-38 as “Silver”, 39-51 as “Gold”, and 52-69 as “Platinum”