¿ Why and for what sustainability ?

¿WHY AND FOR WHAT THE SUSTAINABILITY?

Sustainability is an increasingly important topic in the construction industry. According to the US Green Building Council (USGBCI), the construction sector is responsible for 39% of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide and consumes 40% of the planet’s natural resources. In this context, it is relevant to participate in and lead the transition to a more sustainable/environmentally conscious construction. 

Civilteknia is a company committed to sustainability, offering construction solutions that take into account carbon footprint, energy efficiency and the health of people who inhabit buildings. We have participated in the conceptualization, design, and construction of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings, meaning we meet high sustainability standards. The LEED certification, awarded by the USGBCI, is based on several criteria such as efficient water and energy use, waste management, and indoor air quality. LEED certified buildings are healthier for people and the environment, reduce energy and water costs, and have a lower carbon footprint compared to conventional buildings. But how does this translate into figures? According to the USGBCI, LEED certified buildings have a 34% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, use 25% less energy and 11% less water compared to conventional buildings.

Additionally, these buildings have a higher occupancy rate and greater user satisfaction, resulting in a higher return on investment. Furthermore, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that LEED certified buildings have a 4% higher market value and 5% higher occupancy compared to non-certified buildings. This demonstrates that sustainability not only has a positive impact on the environment and people’s health, but is also profitable for building owners and developers. 

Sustainability is an increasingly important priority in the construction industry. Civilteknia seeks to continue leading the way towards a more environmentally conscious construction that takes into account the people who inhabit the buildings. The USGBCI’s LEED certification is a globally recognized standard for sustainability in construction, and certified buildings have economic, environmental, and social benefits. 

 

Sustainability is not only a responsibility, but also an opportunity to build a more sustainable and prosperous future. It is important to note that while certification is not necessary to be sustainable, this philosophy should be present in every project as a good practice in the construction industry. However, more and more countries are making sustainability a legal requirement in their regulations and standards. Additionally, global political commitments such as the Paris Agreement on climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are pushing companies to adopt more sustainable practices. Therefore, sustainability is not only a good practice but also an increasingly pressing need for business success and the well-being of the planet.

To learn more about our services and how we can help you invest in sustainable construction projects, visit our website or contact us today. Let’s build a better future together!