Sustainable projects are those buildings that are eco-friendly, meeting the needs of room and space usage of modern man, while preserving the environment and natural resources, ensuring quality of life for present and future generations.
The buildings certified as sustainable, have lower energy either for lighting or ventilation.
In Panama, it has increased the number of sustainable projects. In fact, there are now 27 projects environmentally friendly construction, certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. There are also more than 70 buildings that are in the certification process. Some are buildings and other offices.
Sustainable projects – Gogetit Highlights
- Sustainable projects are a type of construction that reduces from 25% to 50% energy use; 40% of CO2 emissions; 40% of water use; and 70% of solid waste or garbage.
- Since 2008, when the building of the US Embassy in Panama under the standard of “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED, for its acronym in English), as the first sustainable construction, was certified have been approved other 26 certifications.
- The construction of buildings and environmentally friendly offices in Panama has been increasing over the past eight years, but it requires direct that movement towards the residential sector, in order to have more sustainable projects.
Remember that sustainable projects are buildings and offices that meet the established international standards and make them environmentally friendly. For example, natural lighting and ventilation are energy or sustainable.
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According to the Panama Green Building Council (PGBC), part of the World Green Building Council, green construction has grown. Also, Roberto Forte, executive director of the Central American and Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Development, affirms that “in the last two years, the financial sector has positioned itself as one that begins to lead this movement, with seven certified projects until 2015 and two more in 2016.”
Similarly, the Panama Green Building Council presented a first sampling of the residential sector in the country. In this study, which analyzed homes built in the last five years in districts of Arraiján and La Chorrera, it was found that 92% of households had some kind of fan, either ceiling or pedestal and 52% of homes he had air conditioners.
The “first stage of sampling the residential sector” looking to have real and reliable over traditional types of houses dating, and what their consumption of energy, water and materials are also presented. The study seeks to promote practices leading to the construction sector towards a new design model. The idea is that all this data is rising, is given both to the people who are generating building regulations as promoters.
Currently, in the country there is no real and reliable data to make a model that considers housing and energy consumption. For this analysis, were included the houses that were built five years ago.
It is important to note that, according to the analysis, the largest urban areas with most reception happen to be San Miguelito, the sector of the Transístmica Highway to Las Cumbres, Alcalde Diaz and Tocumen.
Meanwhile, the districts of Arraiján and La Chorrera, which had traditionally been mandatory step of immigrants whose destination was the city of Panama, have become an important growth area for city-dormitory of the population working in the central area.
It seems that sustainable projects in Panama continue to increase, given the high number of population in the country and the need to give housing to be pro-friendly construction environment.