Júlio Prestes Complex

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  • Building Type : Collective housing < 50m
  • Construction Year : 2018
  • Delivery year : 2018
  • Address 1 - street : Torre 5 H2 Av. Duque de Caxias, 925 01214100 SãO PAULO, Brazil
  • Climate zone : [Cfb] Marine Mild Winter, warm summer, no dry season.

  • Net Floor Area : 41 063 m2
  • Number of Dwelling : 1 202 Dwelling

Certifications :

  • Primary energy need
    (Calculation method : )
Energy consumption
Economical buildingBuilding
< 50A
51 à 90B
91 à 150C
151 à 230D
231 à 330E
331 à 450F
> 450G
Energy-intensive building
The Julio Prestes apartment complex provides a green living environment for residents without sacrificing quality. Developed by the Brazilian government’s PPP Habitacional, a public-private housing partnership, the apartments house mostly low-income residents as a part of the government’s mission to provide more affordable housing in the central region of Brazil. Located in São Paolo, the Julio Prestes apartments consist of eight residential buildings with a total of 1,202 units, of which 914 have been EDGE certified. 1,130 of the housing units are affordable housing reserved for families with lower incomes, while the remaining 72 units are for middle-income families. The complex has indoor recreation areas, a sports court and extensive green areas for residents to enjoy.

Below the residential units, each tower has shops with a total of 67 retail spaces. The complex includes a nursery for up to 200 children and the Tom Jobim School of Music for over 1,300 students. In addition to providing a multi-faceted community, the energy-efficient Julio Prestes complex also offers its residents the opportunity to reduce their environmental footprint and pay fewer utility bills. With the help of less glazing on the facades and low-flow showerheads and faucets, Julio Prestes conserves energy and water and reduces living costs for residents. The apartments also save a significant amount of embodied energy in materials, with a reduction of up to 57% due to the energy-efficient materials used to construct the floors, roof and walls.

PPP Habitacional hopes to revitalize neighborhoods in the central region of Brazil. They plan on building more apartments, including housing units for low-income families, where social services will also be provided. Julio Prestes has received final EDGE certification from GBCI.

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Courtesy of Julio Prestes



    Brazilian government’s PPP Habitacional

    Project owner

Energy consumption

    12 kWhfe/m2.year: hot water
    8 kWhfe/m2.year: Lighting
    7 kWhfe/m2.year: common amenties
    19 kWhfe/m2.year: home appliances

Envelope performance

    Roof U-value: 2.4 W/m².K
    Wall U-value: 1.9 W/m².K
    Glass U-value: 5.8 W/m².K

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Final Energy Use: 176.81 kWh/Month/Unit
Energy Savings: 310.13 MWh/Year
Embodied Energy in Materials Savings: 19856.64 GJ

Those numbers correspond to the building with the highest number of units (Torre 5 - H2)

Real final energy consumption

    45,40 kWhfe/m2.year


    • No heating system
    • Gas boiler
    • No cooling system
    • Natural ventilation
    • No renewable energy systems


    -Reduced Window to Wall Ratio - WWR of 14.68%
    -Energy-Saving Light Bulbs - Internal Spaces/ Common Areas and External Spaces
    -Lighting Controls for Common Areas and Outdoors

    -Low-Flow Showerheads - 5.22 L/min
    -Low-Flow Faucets for Kitchen Sinks - 7.3 L/min
    -Low-Flow Faucets in All Bathrooms - 5.94 L/min
    -Dual Flush for Water Closets in All Bathrooms - 6 L/first flush and 3 L/second flush

    -In-Situ Reinforced Concrete (with >25% GGBS) for Floor slabs and roof construction
    Slab, 200 mm , Steel : 20 kg/m²

    -Medium Weight Hollow Concrete Blocks for Internal and External Walls

Energy bill

  • 199 100,00

Water management

    17 kL/unit/year: shower
    17 kL/unit/year: kitchen
    12 kL/unit/year: water faucets
    14 kL/unit/year: water closets
    14 kL/unit/year: washing and cleaning

GHG emissions

  • 4,15 KgCO2/m2/year

Reasons for participating in the competition(s)

31% Energy Savings
Reduced window to wall ratio; insulation for roof; energy-saving lighting for internal areas, common areas, and external spaces; and lighting controls for common areas and outdoor spaces.

32% Water Savings
Low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucets for kitchen sinks and bathrooms, and dual-flush water closets.

57% Less Embodied Energy in Materials
In-situ reinforced concrete with more than 25% ground granulated blast-furnace slag for floors and roofs, and medium weight hollow concrete blocks for internal and external walls.

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