Cemex announced that it has awarded the ecoperating Plus certification to Torre Cosmopolitan, a sustainable and innovative commercial building, located in Tijuana, Baja California, México.
The ecoperating Building Certification accredits buildings, during their design, construction and/or operation phase, with notable sustainable features and performance above the market standard.
Cemex recognises projects that save energy, water and reduce the environmental impact associated to construction and buildings. Torre Cosmopolitan receives this certification, in addition to acquiring the ecoperating Plus level, due to an improvement in energy efficiency in the building of at least 20 per cent, when referenced against the strict ASHRAE 90.1-2010 standard of the USA.
Torre Cosmopolitan is a regenerative project in the heart of Tijuana. With a holistic approach, it combines bioclimatic design, urban planning, innovative construction techniques and materials, as well as advanced engineering in order to be a landmark sustainable building in the region.
Torre Cosmopolitan has different features that allow it to be more efficient in terms of water and energy consumption. These are some of them:
• 21 per cent decrease in energy consumption
• 49 per cen saving in water consumption
• Using materials of high solar reflectivity
to reduce "heat island" effect
• Grey water reuse
• Rainwater harvesting
• Native vegetation
• Use of solar panels
• 85 per cent LED lighting
• Monitoring systems for water and energy consumption
• More than 75 per cent of residual materials were recycled during construction.
"Torre Cosmopolitan was conceived and developed with the goal of incorporating environmental, social and economic objectives, implemented from design, planning, construction phases, to operation and maintenance," said David Saul Guakil, director of Cosmopolitan Group, project developer. "Torre Cosmopolitan is a regenerative project in the heart of the city of Tijuana with the aim of being a benchmark for green building in the region."
"We are pleased to certify the sustainable qualities of Torre Cosmopolitan,” Vicente Saiso, Director of Sustainability of Cemex. "The ecoperating Plus certification is an example of Cemex leadership in developing products, services and solutions that contribute to a more sustainable construction industry, while promoting social and economic development."