Throughout the years, humanity has been evolving and with it the lifestyle, with which every day a better world and social welfare is sought. For this reason, the construction industry has also put its ‘grain of sand’, getting involved in the design of sustainable architecture projects.
What long ago seemed impossible, today is a reality in developed and developing countries, as the materialization of buildings with ecological values is becoming more and more common, and Mexico is no exception.
In 1993, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification was born under this concept, an internationally recognized certification system for sustainable buildings created by the U.S. Green Building Council (U.S. Green Building Council). Among the benefits provided by this assessment are:
• Spaces with better conditions for health and productivity.
• Reducción de emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero.
• Access to tax incentives.
• Decrease in operating and waste costs.
• Increased asset value.
• Energy and resource savings.
And in case you didn’t know, companies in Mexico have opted for this type of architecture and construction and have already obtained this certification. Surely you have seen these buildings, you have heard of them or if you do not know them, here are some of them:
Torre Virreyes – Edificio ubicado en la parte baja de las Lomas de Chapultepec, junto al Bosque de Chapultepec.
Torre Mayor – Ubicada en la avenida Paseo de la Reforma, en la Ciudad de México.
4. Torre KOI – Ubicada dentro del complejo VAO en el sector de Valle Oriente en San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León.
Torre HSBC – La torre HSBC, ubicada en el Paseo de la Reforma, en la Ciudad de México.
Obtaining this certification does not only apply to new buildings, it can also be obtained by those planning a remodeling whose purpose is sustainability, since it evaluates the environmental performance that a building will have throughout its life.
It should be recognized and emphasized that exponentially more civil engineers, architects or real estate developers, among other construction professionals, are looking for efficient alternatives to face environmental and energy challenges.
Reference: BEA Bioconstruction and Alternative Energy