Universidad del Medio Ambiente

  • by Gilda Plazas
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  • 2019-06-12 13:55:23
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  • International
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  • 5284 / EN

Renovation

  • Building Type : School, college, university
  • Construction Year : 2008
  • Delivery year : 2019
  • Address 1 - street : Valle del bravo 51200 VALLE DE BRAVO, Mexico
  • Climate zone : [Cwb] Mild, dry winter, cool and wet summer.

  • Net Floor Area : 532 m2
  • Construction/refurbishment cost : 800 000 €
  • Cost/m2 : 1503.76 €/m2

Proposed by :

Certifications :

  • Primary energy need :
    kWhpe/m2.year
    (Calculation method : )
Energy consumption
Economical buildingBuilding
< 50A
A
51 à 90B
B
91 à 150C
C
151 à 230D
D
231 à 330E
E
331 à 450F
F
> 450G
G
Energy-intensive building

Universidad del Medio Ambiente won the Energy & Hot Climates Award of the 2019 Green Solutions Awards et the Mexico level + the international Energy & Hot Climates Award.


Ten years ago, a group of young Mexican professionals founded a university to address the environmental challenges that they saw in Latin America. Today, the Universidad del Medio Ambiente (UMA) offers master’s degrees, workshops, diploma courses and consulting services focused on sustainability and socio-environmental regeneration. Located in the wooded and mountainous countryside two hours outside of México City, the campus itself is also completely regenerative. UMA produces zero wastewater, grows its own food and is surrounded by a growing, edible forest. The university has also implemented green features that conserve natural resources.

With natural ventilation in classrooms, solar hot water collectors meeting 100% of hot water demand, solar panels and more, UMA expects to reduce its energy usage by more than one half. The building is projected to limit nearly 90% of water use with such solutions as a rainwater harvesting system on the roof that collects water and a black water treatment and recycling system. Innovative building materials were also used to reduce embodied energy by nearly 70%. These materials include compressed stabilized earth blocks for walls, timber window frames and more.

UMA offers a place for specialists, educators and practitioners to contribute to a more sustainable future. The university believes that each student entering their university will become an agent of change, both through personal transformation and their future career in sustainability. UMA received design guidance from a team of seven student practitioners during a university course that was facilitated by an instructor who holds an EDGE Expert credential. UMA has achieved final EDGE certification from GBCI.

See more details about this project

 https://www.edgebuildings.com/projects/universidad-del-medio-ambiente/

Data reliability

3rd part certified

Photo credit

Photos Courtesy of UMA

Contractor

    Miguel Campero Cuenca

    mc[at]grandgrupo.mx

Stakeholders

    Designer

    Oscar Hagerman

    Architect


    Investor

    Federico Llamas

    Institute director

Owner approach of sustainability

We visualized a deeply aesthetic campus appropriate to its purpose, location and function. The growth of an edible dense forest will be fostered, within which we shall find workspaces and promote learning . The facility will serve as a protective blanket for its inhabitants in visual, acoustic, climatic and textured qualities inviting reflection, dialogue and learning.

There will be an interesting combination of appropriate technologies both modern and traditional, for the management of water, energy, food, waste and other flows. The site should honor and foster the presence and coexistence of elements beyond the human ones: the sun, water, earth, wind and biodiversity. The UMA campus will be an inspiring place that allows us to imagine a regenerative and diverse future.

Architectural description

Co-design

If we want something different to emerge, we must do things differently. Thus, the construction of the new campus of the UMA is born, including the alternative projects, such as community outreach of Acatitlán (Village Project) and maintaining innovative and permanent co-design processes. In co-design, we mean the collective design or joint participation with different members of the community and the university, in an interdisciplinary way, participative and enriching. Biologists , farmers, lawyers, anthropologists, architects, neighbors, administrators, among others, participating in the co-design college that is our dream.

Building users opinion

We shall create a habitat in which humans can live harmoniously with nature. The design consists of an edible forest, learning spaces and regeneration of environmental services. The process will generate places that invite visitors to discover and learn. Some of these places encourage observation and reflection, others inspire smells, colors and flavors, while some will inspire playfulness and interaction with other species, others will be designed as experiential/measurement tools that may amplify the experiences. Our proposal includes finding productive species in the community of Acatitlán to create a successive network that tells the story of the regeneration of the site over time, amplifying rhythms, dynamics and healthy relationships that occur in nature and people that are living in the community

Energy consumption

  • 12,55 kWhfe/m2.year
  • 4 kWhfe/m2.year : equipement, lift, STP, Water pumps
    6 kWhfe/m2.year : catering
    3 kWhfe/m2.year : lighting

  • 29,00 kWhpe/m2.year

Envelope performance

    Roof U-value: 1.99
    Wall U-value: 1.86
    Glass U-value: 5.75

Systems

    • No heating system
    • Solar Thermal
    • No cooling system
    • Natural ventilation
    • Solar photovoltaic
  • 54,29 %

GHG emissions

  • 5,74 KgCO2/m2/year

Water management

  • 6 540,00 m3
  • 214,00 m3
  • 14 m3/day : landscaping
    3 m3/day : cafeteria
    1 m3/day : shower

Health & Comfort

    We shall create a habitat in which humans can live harmoniously with nature. The design consists of an edible forest, learning spaces and regeneration of environmental services.
    Our proposal includes finding productive species in the community of Acatitlán to create a successive network that tells the story of the regeneration of the site over time, amplifying rhythms, dynamics and healthy relationships that occur in nature and people that are living in the community.

    The facility will serve as a protective blanket for its inhabitants in visual, acoustic, climatic and textured qualities inviting reflection, dialogue and learning.

Product

    Reduced Window to Wall Ratio - WWR of 17.81 %
    Reflective Paint/Tiles for Walls - Solar Reflectivity (albedo) of 0.53
    External Shading Devices - Annual Average Shading Factor (AASF) of 0.43
    Natural Ventilation for Classrooms
    Energy-Saving Light Bulbs - Internal / external Spaces
    Solar Hot Water Collectors - 100% of Hot Water Demand
    Solar Photovoltaics - 54.29% of Total Energy Demand

    Finishing work / Plumbing - Sanitary equipment

    Low-Flow Faucets in All Other Bathrooms - 2.89 L/min
    Single Flush/Flush Valve Water Closets in Bathrooms - 4.8 lt/ flush
    Water-Efficient Urinals in All Other Bathrooms - 0.01 L/flush
    Water-Efficient Faucets for Kitchen Sinks - 7.2 L/min
    Rainwater Harvesting System - 21.31% of Roof Area Used for Collection
    Water-Efficient Landscaping - 0.52 L/m²/day
    Black Water Treatment and Recycling System

    Finishing work / Partitions, insulation

    Insulation of Roof: U-value of 3.11
    Insulation of External Walls: U-value of 1.99
    -Roof construction : Asphalt Shingles on Timber Rafters
    Clay Roofing Tiles on Timber Rafters

    -External walls: Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks
    Timber Weatherboard on Timber Studs

    -Internal walls : Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks
    -Flooring: Finished Concrete Floor
    Stone Tiles/Slabs
    -Window Frames: Timber

Construction and exploitation costs

  • 800 000
  • This is not the renovation cost but the total investment including design, permits, clean energy technology and ressources for the edible forest (not including the land). Considering the size of the project, this was approximatively 10% less than the standard commercial cost for a similar building.

Energy bill

  • 467,00

Building Environmental Quality

  • indoor air quality and health
  • biodiversity
  • works (including waste management)
  • acoustics
  • comfort (visual, olfactive, thermal)
  • water management
  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energies
​Energy (53% energy savings): Reduced window to wall ratio, reflective paint/tiles for walls, external shading devices, insulated roofing and external walls, natural ventilation for classrooms, energy-saving lighting, solar hot water collectors and solar photovoltaics.
Water (89% water savings): Water-efficient single flush water closets, water-efficient urinals and faucets, a rainwater harvesting system, water-efficient landscaping and a blackwater treatment and recycling system.
Materials (68% less energy embodied in materials): Asphalt shingles and clay roofing on timber rafters for roof construction, timber weatherboard on timber studs for external walls, compressed stabilized earth blocks for internal and external walls and timber window frames.

Contest categories

Energy & Hot Climates

Energy & Hot Climates

Low Carbon

Low Carbon

Health & Comfort

Health & Comfort

Users' Choice

Users' Choice

Green Solutions Awards 2019 - Buildings

 Green Solutions Awards Winner
 Energy & Hot Climate Prize

Author of the page

  • Gilda Plazas

    Education Director

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