Certifications of
Sustainable Construction

Certifications of
Sustainable
Construction

Sustainable Construction Certificates

Sustainable building certificates are tools created after the unquestionable interest in sustainable construction or green building, in energy efficiency and the so-called passive houses.

The way of working is simple, under different standards designed by each certifier, different points and requirements are analysed, giving the building a score based on the results obtained. A specialized certification technician must grant this qualification.

Why is it important? With the turn, interest and relevance that sustainable and ecological construction is taking, we can venture that demand will continue to grow at the expense of traditional brick or cement. Having a certificate that qualifies our house or building as sustainable construction, with one of the certificates that we present to you, will make it increase in value, and probably the opposite if you do not have it.

Is it very expensive? No, it is not very expensive. The cost of the certification itself will depend on the volume of the building or house, but do not worry, it is not expensive, it can be from 5,000 euros to 10,000 euros approximately. Neither should it be on the construction level, the key is planning, to anticipate from the design of the project. In any case, you must bear in mind that it is not possible to speak exactly about it, since they are costs that depend directly on the type of project.

Is it mandatory? No, it is not, it is not even essential. In fact, all our constructions are focused on obtaining the highest energy efficiency already and on providing the greatest well-being to its occupants. Your decision must focus on the ability to assume the budget increase and possible future revaluation.

Here are three of the best known and most demanded certifications, Passivhaus, Breeam and Well.

# Having a certificate is not mandatory, but it will facilitate subsequent revaluation

German origin. It emerged in the late 80s of the last century. It is the best-known certificate.

Certification based on optimizing thermal insulation, obtaining high-energy efficiency by presenting a very low heating and cooling consumption.

For lovers of figures and technical data you can visit this Wikipedia link, where you will find detailed information as well as technical links.

– Thermal isolation
– High insulation windows and doors
– Remove thermal bridges
– Heat recovery ventilation
– Air tightness

Focused on reducing the impact of the execution of the work and subsequent life of the building. Seeking the greatest comfort and health for those who use or live in it.

It is divided into 10 categories:

– Management
– Health & Wellness
– Energy
– Transport
– Water
– Materials
– Waste
– Ecological land use
– Pollution and Innovation

More information in  Breeam Web

Well allows to identify, measure and monitor the characteristics of the built spaces that impact on the health and well-being of the occupants.

These are the concepts they value:

– Air. Improvement of the quality of the air breathed in the building.
– Water. Providing access to high quality water.
– Food. Availability of fruits and vegetables and nutritional transparency.
– Lighting. Natural and artificial lighting systems that improve comfort.
– Movement. Promotion of physical activity, active life and discouraging sedentarism.
– Thermal comfort. Increased productivity through air conditioning design.
– Sound. Improve comfort by controlling acoustic parameters.
– Materials. Reduce exposure to pollutants from building materials.
– Mind. Support emotional and cognitive health.
– Community. Create an inclusive, integrated and engaged community

In this link you can obtain more information if it is of your interest.

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