Decarbonization: The Imperative Future for the Industry
Ufficio BJX – EDGE Zero Carbon
At Eosis we are proud to be part of the global decarbonization goals. On this occasion Eduardo Espinosa, project manager at the company, talks about how one of our projects managed to become a world reference in dealing with climate change.
Reducing carbon emissions in buildings is essential to meet the goals set out in the Paris Agreement and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Buildings account for 39% of global greenhouse gas emissions, deriving 28% to greenhouse gas emissions. operations and 11% to construction materials and the building itself.
While the challenges to decarbonizing buildings are significant and ambitious, the opportunities have also grown greatly. Efficient, zero-carbon buildings take advantage of available, cost-effective technology to reduce the emissions that result from their operation while increasing health, equity, and economic prosperity in local communities.
EDGE Zero Carbon may sound like a tall order for many developers. But the reality is that it may be just as achievable as any other level of sustainable certification. A clear example is Ufficio BJX, a project that fills Eosis with pride, because together with the design team, they managed to achieve the first carbon-neutral building in Latin America.
Ufficio BJX is a retail and office space of the interior design company Ufficio Arquitectura y Mobiliario S.A. of C.V. This project achieved its EDGE Advanced certification in 2019. Affordable strategies such as natural ventilation, efficient bathroom furniture, passive strategies for solar control and, of course, on-site renewable energy generation were implemented.
The building, by itself, at the time of receiving its certification as EDGE Advanced, already had a 50% saving in Energy according to the criteria of the rating system. After a year of operation, thanks to the commitment of the members of this great project, it was possible to demonstrate the compensation of the rest of the energy required by the building with photovoltaic panels to generate energy for lighting and other electrical needs.
Every day there are more projects with some type of certification, and as time goes by, the industry is realizing that the objectives are becoming more and more ambitious to reverse the climate change crisis.
We, as part of the construction industry from a sustainable vision, firmly believe that green building certifications are the future of the industry.