LEED®: THE OPTION OF A GREEN CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM IN PANAMA.

April 7, 2016

The LEED system focuses on a points system that covers seven main categories:
1. SUSTAINABLE SITES: This is compatible in favoring the inclusion of alternative transportation such as bicycles and public transportation, reusing urbanized land, and the connectivity of the community.
2. THE EFFICIENT USE OF WATER: This focuses on reducing the use of potable water and reusing waste water or rainwater.
3. ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Its objective is to reduce the consumption of electricity and natural gas by means of efficient appliances and air conditioning systems, the design of intelligent buildings and promoting the use of renewable energy.
4. MATERIALS AND RESOURCES: This considers reusing construction materials, recycling rubble, the use of rapidly renewable or locally manufactured materials, among others.
5. THE QUALITY OF INTERIOR AIR: This measures the comfort and health of the occupants. The quality of the air, thermal comfort and lighting stand out in this category.
6. INNOVATION IN DESIGN: It allows including innovative environment features not covered in other categories, such as plans for green education.
7. REGIONAL PRIORITY: Takes into consideration if the project is directed to environmental matters in relation to the geographic locations in order to construct longer lasting buildings.
Depending on the points achieved within the seven categories, a project could become LEED at the certified, silver, gold or platinum level. The LEED system is a standard for all buildings, and it also involves a wide variety of interested parties including, but not limited to, developers, architects and urban planners.
CBRE|PANAMA SUCCESS CASE IN SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION ADVISORY:
BANISTMO SOHO MALL BRANCH IS CERTIFIED LEED® GOLD.
Reiterating its commitment with the environment, the Banistmo organization recently announced the LEED Gold® Certification under the rating system for Commercial Interiors at its SOHO Mall Branch, this one being the first branch of the bank to achieve the above mentioned certification. At the same time, this is the eighth certification that CBRE|Panama, through its Sustainable Construction Advisory Department, has successfully managed and integrated.
Among the strategies that helped the Banistmo SOHO Mall Branch earn its gold rating included: using efficient restroom fixtures, the optimized performance of the lighting system through light and movement sensor controls, care of the interior air quality by selecting materials with low emission of toxic or harmful gases and overseeing residues or waste during construction.

In this manner, Banistmo is at the head of sustainability. Likewise, for CBRE|Panama, it is a responsibility and a fundamental principle of environmental leadership directing programs on sustainability, protecting the health of our planet, reducing the impact of buildings in the environment and, at the same time, to create a positive effect in the communities in which we live and work.

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