Piamonte, HQE certified social housing operation in Colombia
In the initial planning stages of Reserva de Madrid, a Low-Income Housing (LIH) Master Plan located in the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia, we in Prodesa came upon a big task. How to develop, on a very limited budget, the best possible green project (LIH in Colombia has to be priced under US$35,000 per unit, to gain government subsidies). As a founding member of the Colombia Green Building Council, Prodesa has been very active in applying green building principles since 2008. Our projects included many sustainable attributes. But do to the cost of some of the requirements and of the certification process, the projects were not certified. Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, privileged by the richness of its ecosystems. We feel a special commitment to preserve this biodiversity by building sustainable projects.
Identity card of the project
- 15% savings in electricity consumption (36 KW/m2) per year
- 15% savings in water consumption (85 l/day) per person
- efficient natural ventilation
- 54% of the 25 hectares are green areas
- autonomous solar lighting system in common areas
- low VOC and non-carcinogenic materials
- improved waste management
- better acoustic comfort in apartments and amenities
- faster sales
- an increase of 0.6% in direct cost, due to the certification process
Piamonte is the first certified housing project in Colombia and the first certified Low-Income Housing project in Latin America.
- Make sustainability and user well-being your top priority. Always take into consideration what is best for the user well-being in the long run.
- Involve High Management in the process. To make the hard decisions regarding the designs, materials to be used and specially the project proforma, it is important that the company´s directors are convinced of the benefits of having a green project.
- Involve all Key Stakeholders Early. It expedites the process and prevents having additional costs and delays due to reworks.
- Proof your Business Case (Costs vs. Benefits). It’s very nice to have a green project, but if it does not make an economic, this will not be sustainable in time.
- “the environmental profile has attained the Excellent level, making the project even more remarkable”
- “the landscape project goes far beyond the scheme’s requirement … focusing on life quality conditions for the inhabitants and users, while taking in account environmental aspects like water consumption and biodiversity enhancement.”
- “the worksite management was outstanding, … going beyond in several aspects, for instance waste recovery, which has reached 81% of the total waste…”
- Prodesaenterprise https://prodesa.net/lenterprise/
- The project onbeHQE.com https://www.behqe.com/CONJUNTORESIDENCIALPiamonteReservadeMadri
- The Colombia Green Building Council http://www.worldgbc.org/member-directory/colombia-green-building-council