Good practices of building construction using sustainable construction materials: During a media discussion on sustainable construction organized by Áreas Globales, centered on good practices of building construction using sustainable materials, architect Sebastián Piana exchanged work experiences and know-how with a renowned group of specialists. Architects belonging to prominent Argentine firms; representatives of real estate developers, such as TGLT, Grupo Monarca, and CRIBA construction company; managers of Argentina’s Green Building Council, and sustainability experts participated in the forum.
Architect Sebastián Piana highlighted DPA&D’s experience in Brazil while running the Hotel Sheraton Reserva do Paiva’s project, inaugurated a few months ago in Recife, Pernambuco. The design was aimed at earning Leed’s Silver Certification and Procel’s A Certification: “The hotel owners’ decision was based, on the one hand, on their globally recognized
commitment to environmental practices, and, on the other, on the enabling environment promoted by Brazil’s policies in the form of soft loans for cost recovery in sustainable architecture investments. In this case, on account of the area’s high conservation value, investments went toward acquiring grey water recovery technology, energy efficient LED lighting, and air conditioning systems, among others. Brazil offers the right environment for sustainable building to thrive, largely thanks to three conditions: adequate regulations, society’s environmental awareness and government incentives.”
Sebastián Piana ended by saying: “There is a growing interest in sustainable architecture in Latin America’s hospitality industry. Hotel owners are becoming increasingly aware of significant energy savings that allow depreciation over shorter time periods. In addition, more and more tourists begin to see the benefits of choosing a green hotel.”