The Banistmo SOHO Mall Branch Earns the Prestigious Green Building LEED® Certification

January 27, 2016

Details of the Project:
Project Management | CBRE|Panama
Sustainable Building Advisory| CBRE|Panama
General Contractor| CJC Consortium
Design| Jesús Díaz Architects

 The SOHO Mall Branch, the first Banistmo branch to be certified, earned the Gold Certification in the LEED® U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) qualification program.

 The branch was designed from the outset with this achievement in mind.

The Banistmo organization has announced that its SOHO Mall Branch earned the LEED® Gold Certification, being the first branch to achieve said award. At the same time, it is the eighth certification that CBRE|Panama, through its Department of Sustainable Building Advisory, administers and integrates successfully.
LEED is the most important program for designing, constructing and operating green buildings. More than 73,419 commercial and institutional projects are actually participating in LEED that consists of more than 14 billion square feet of construction space.
The Banistmo SOHO Mall Branch earned the LEED Certification under the qualification system for Commercial Interiors. The distinction of the certification in the LEED program is reserved for those projects with a high level of green building elements that implement measurable strategies and practical solutions that lead to obtaining high performance in sustainable on-site development, water savings, energy efficiency, selecting materials and indoor environmental quality.
Project features that helped the Banistmo SOHO Mall Branch to achieve its Gold Rating included:
 Selecting a site close to community services and public transportation, thereby facilitating access to those services within walking distance.
 Efficient plumbing fixtures that reduce water consumption by more than 42 percent.
 Optimum lighting performance through diverse methods (daylight controls and motion sensors) that result in more than 51 percent of savings in electrical power.
 High energy-efficient equipment and appliances, including the exclusive selection of appliances and office equipment certified by Energy Star.
 Improved indoor air quality through the use of materials with low emissions of toxic or harmful gases, thereby providing better health and productivity.
 Construction waste management reduced waste diverted to landfills by 93 percent.
“The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, such as the global climate change, the dependence on non-sustainable and costly energy and the threats to human health”, said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “The work of innovative building projects such as the Banistmo SOHO Mall Branch is a fundamental driving force in the sustainable building movement.”
Therefore, Banistmo Bank, leading sustainability, reiterates its commitment to the environment. Likewise, for CBRE|Panama, it is a responsibility and a fundamental principle of environmental leadership driving sustainability programs, protecting our planet’s health, reducing the impact of buildings on the environment, and at the same time, creating a positive effect on the communities in which we live and work.

Giorgio Mazzeo
Manager, Valuation & Advisory Services
CBRE | Panama
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