How a Taiwanese Fab Went Green

LCD maker sets a world standard with its LEED platinum facility

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How a Taiwanese Fab Went Green

9 September 2011— It’s hard to miss the message as you enter the grounds of AU Optronics’ newest fab in Houli, Taiwan: The driveway winds through a plantation of
34 000 slender saplings. The company, Taiwan’s biggest producer of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, has gone green. Really green.

The young forest of camphorwood and cedar trees is one of the more visible parts of the world’s first fab to meet the strictest global green building standards, earning a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification. The fab is one of only seven industrial buildings in the world to achieve LEED platinum status, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, which administers the LEED program, and the Houli site is the only high-tech manufacturing facility on that short list.

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