Oficinas Santa Catarina ( FINSA offices )

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  • 2019-06-28 17:27:50
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  • 14474 / EN

New Construction

  • Building Type : Office building < 28m
  • Construction Year : 2019
  • Delivery year : 2019
  • Address 1 - street : Parque FINSA Santa Catarina 64000 NUEVO LEóN, Mexico
  • Climate zone : [BSh] Subtropical Dry Semiarid (Steppe)

  • Net Floor Area : 243 m2

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  • Primary energy need :
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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 new FINSA offices are situated within the FINSA Industrial Park of Santa Catarina, which is strategically located in northern Mexico with easy access to central Mexico and Texas. The industrial park serves a variety of industries with tenants that range from automotive to logistic companies. The office provides a resource-efficient work space for FINSA, one of Mexico’s leading industrial real estate companies. The two-story office building has meeting rooms, an on-site warehouse and recreational spaces for staff to gather.

The operational costs of the office building are expected to decrease by more than one-third because of its green measures that were implemented at no additional cost to FINSA. Features such as an energy-efficient air conditioning system and occupancy sensors reduce the use of energy while low-flow faucets conserve water. The use of construction materials such as precast concrete panels for the external walls also reduce the embodied energy in materials.

FINSA is committed to building industrial spaces that use resources more efficiently with minimal impact on the environment. They believe that building green also positively impacts the lives of those who work within the building. Oficinas Santa Catarina is the first EDGE-certified project by FINSA, but the company hopes that it will be a model for future offices. Oficinas Santa Catarina has received final EDGE certification from GBCI.

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Owner approach of sustainability

FINSA is committed to sustainable growth, which extends over the limits of our factories. We obtain our main raw material, timber, from nature…, and our duty is to respect and protect it. We develop different actions in collaboration with other private and public associations, which promote the protection and the efficient management of forests. The development of the areas near our factories and of the people living there is another of our daily commitments.

Forests managed in a sustainable way are CO2 sinks. The wood-derived product are carbon stores. They have an important role in the increase of the efficiency of forests. On the one hand, they enlarge the period in which CO2 is stored before being freed to the atmosphere again, and, on the other hand, they promote the growth and renovation of forests. The production and the processing of wood have high energy efficiency, they may replace other materials which require high amounts of energy for their production.

Energy consumption

  • 224,30 kWhfe/m2.year
  • 2 kWh/m2/year: heating142 kWh/m2/year: air conditioning31 kWh/m2/year: ventilation 6 kWh/m2/year: other9 kWh/m2/year: lighting34 kWh/m2/year: computers

    Final Energy consumption: 4542.31 kWh/month

Envelope performance

    Roof U - Value: 1.99 W/m² KWall U - Value: 1.86 W/m² KGlass U - Value: 5.9 W/m² K


    • Individual electric boiler
    • No domestic hot water system
    • VRV Syst. (Variable refrigerant Volume)
    • Natural ventilation
    • Single flow
    • No renewable energy systems

GHG emissions

  • 102,50 KgCO2/m2/year
  • CO₂ Emissions from Electricity Generation: 457.75 g/kWh

Life Cycle Analysis

    One of the great challenges posed before today's society is the reduction of CO2 emissions, as we generate CO2 both in industry and in our daily consumption habits. Fortunately, however, trees contribute towards reducing CO2, which is absorbed and stored in the wood. And so, by using wood as a raw material, we contribute toward reducing emissions considerably. For example, a 2m2 wooden table holds the same amount of CO2 as that generated by four cars driven for a full day. Thus, we can say that wood is a renewable, recyclable and sustainable resource.

Water management

  • 240,00 m3
  • 2 Lts/Day/person : water faucets22 Lts/Day/person : water closets & urinals4 Lts/Day/person : food court6 Lts/Day/person : otherWater Savings: 84.30 m³/Year


    Reduced window to wall ratioReflective Paint/Tiles for Roof - Solar Reflectivity (albedo) of 0.81Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) System - COP of 3.53Energy-Saving Light Bulbs - Internal SpacesEnergy-Saving Light Bulbs - External SpacesOccupancy Sensors in Bathrooms, Conference Rooms, and Closed Cabins

    Second œuvre / Plomberie, sanitaire 

    Low-Flow Faucets in All Bathrooms - 1.43 L/mindual-flush water closetsWater-Efficient Faucets for Kitchen Sinks - 2.03 L/min

    Floor Slabs: Concrete Filler SlabExternal Walls: Precast Concrete PanelsFlooring: Finished Concrete Floor

Construction and exploitation costs

    Base Case Utility Cost: 602.17 $/MonthUtility Cost Reduction: 207.86 $/MonthIncremental Cost: -1,364.52 $

Building Environmental Quality

  • water management
  • energy efficiency
  • products and materials
​Energy (34 % energy savings): Reduced window to wall ratio, reflective paint/tiles for the roof, variable refrigerant volume (VRV) cooling system, energy-saving lighting and occupancy sensors.

Water (32 % water savings): Low-flow faucets in bathrooms, dual-flush water closets and water-efficient faucets for kitchen sinks.

Materials (42% less embodied Energy in Materials): Controlled use of concrete for floor slabs and internal walls, precast concrete panels for external walls and finished concrete flooring.

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