While norms and laws are below the expected, a good parameter to evaluate the future of constructions is to observe the environmental orientations and certifications. The credential with the biggest recognition and worldwide range is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, known by the abbreviation LEED, created by the Green Building Council (GBC) in the USA.
The LEED serves as a parameter not only to evaluate if the development has an efficient resource management, but also to see whether the economic, social, and cultural point of view are viable. This generates a series of benefits, such as decrease in operational costs, property appreciation, less edification obsolescence, worker and user awareness.
The projects are analyzed by the GBCI, and as pre-requirements (mandatory actions) and credits (recommendations) are met, more points are accumulated by the development. In 2017, China led the world ranking of certified development with almost 50 million square meters certified. The USA, GBC´s country of origin, isn’t usually included in the survey.
In order to obtain a high score in this certification, there is an increase in demand of construction material with sustainable attributes. The national industry still considers the offer, but companies like Santa Luzia are the highlights by the bet on the design of products lined by the principles of circular economy.
Recycling plastic wastes like expanded polystyrene (also known as EPS or by the brand Styrofoam) and polyurethane, the company has the capacity to transform more than 1000 tons per month in decorative profiles such as baseboards and door casings. An equivalent of 550 soccer fields waste have been reused, saving 152 thousand trees, if the raw material still was wood for an example.
The products from the polystyrene line from the brand contribute to the scoring in the LEED v4 certification, in the categories of Materials and Resources, Internal Environment Quality, Regional Material and Innovation. In 2018, Santa Luzia became a global member of the CE100 network, a programme created by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a pioneer in the global circular economy. Check out how Circular Economy works in Santa Luzia on the video below!
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