LEED Platinum. Fortius II

We are very proud to announce the achievement of LEED NC V3 Platinum certification of the project Fortius II, a 100 years old building renewal in Guadalajara, Mexico.

For us this is a special project for several reasons: In the first place is remarkable the commitment of our client. This is the second of 3 different own offices buildings registered for LEED by Fortius, one of which was the first (and until now the only) with LEED platinum in the city. His CEO, Sergio Alcalde, is an unquestionable leader of good entrepreneurial practices, included his commitment with sustainability (he drives one of the few electrical cars that is completely charged by clean energy) and aside his company’s investments in renewable energy (Fortius owns the largest Solar farm in the region) is always concerned in improving health and worksite conditions for his employees. Secondly, the building is once again a remarkable historic building renewal. This is the second 100 y+ building restored carefully not only to maintain the original architectural features, but also adapting new technologies to the existing spaces.

Also, the decision to remain in central locations within the city requires commitment and effort and is creating the possibilities to reduce transportation impact by attending in public transportation, bike or walking. Is also helpful to restore the urban fabric by reincorporating the buildings to the valuable building stock.

Finally, its been of great help our client permission to do educational visits to his building. Continuously both buildings are visited by architects, developers, consultants and green building enthusiast that have expressed the value of being able to get to know these spaces. The visitors can see how a green building performs with the following achievements:

  • 100% of the spaces regularly occupied with natural ventilation, 91% of office hours in thermal comfort, mainly by recovering the original strategies, including high thermal mass temperature storage, very high ceilings, cross ventilation, stack effect heat exhaust and excellent insulation in adobe walls.
  •  No new parking space provided. Only 3 existing parking spaces, of which one is preferred to low-emitting vehicles and or fuel-efficient vehicles and has an electric vehicle charging station and a second one preferred for carpool users.
  • 56% savings on energy consumption in the building helps to reduce the carbon footprint from the use of fossil fuel sources, and 30% of the total energy of the building is generated by photovoltaics.
  • 100 % of the rainwater of the roof is captured which lengthens the useful life of the drainage of the city and 51% of total water use water is saved in high efficiency fixtures with rainwater reuse.
  • 76% of the existing building was reused and the new materials are predominantly regional, even handcrafted in a 1km radius.