The sustainability’s history at Colonial

30/08/2021

The sustainability’s history at Colonial

The term “sustainable architecture” comes from the concept of “sustainable development” that the Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Brundtland included in the “Our Common Future” report presented at the United Nations’ 42nd session in 1987. Years later, in 1992, in the Earth Summit celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, the main Heads of State decided to search for the “sustainable development as the way to ensure that economic development would not endanger the ability of future generations to enjoy the fruits of the earth”.

In reference to sustainability, there has been a lot of progress, therefore, at Colonial’s blog we wanted to summarize the main advances our company has carried out regarding sustainability and environmental buildings.

When did we decide to opt for sustainability?

Jose Alfonso Martínez, projects and maintenance director at Colonial, explains that in 2014 there were few sustainable buildings. Our company wants to demonstrate the quality and environmental compromise, therefore, we started studying the way to certify and discover the value and reach of construction methodologies.

We decided to opt for BREEAM, a Spanish prestigious certifier that contemplates an updated and clear supervision method without neglecting local particularities. To offer a sustainable office, the first step is to be clear in the idea that not all offices are the same and that there are environmental, social, and economic matters that affect their sustainability. On the other hand, BREAM is a tool that needs to be renewed every two years which provokes that we obligate ourselves to update and improve continuously to continue becoming better every year.

Sustainability became a leading role in our business model

To implement sustainability in our business strategy, we started using MACE’s advice that helped us with our active’s certification. The main objective was that sustainability should become the protagonist in all our buildings.

It’s important to remember that a sustainable building mustn’t only be energetically efficient but also must reduce its emissions of CO2. This is a very important fact but there are others that are relevant too because they contribute to the relationship between the building and environment. Some of these are: means of transport that users use, such as bicycle or public transport or if the offices have green zones or exterior areas. At Colonial we study all these factors that offer a better service to users and create buildings that are more respectful with the environment.

When we certify our actives through BREEAM, we assume a compromise that relates with values and objectives that have a social and environmental purpose. On the other hand, they also coincide with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

If you want to learn more about our strategic objectives in terms of sustainability, we will continue informing you through our blog. See you next week!

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