We are proud to belong to a group with a clear vision of the role it seeks to play in society. In our work to design and create buildings, we are guided by the values of creativity, innovation and environmental responsibility. Awareness of the need for increased attention to the pressing environmental issues of the day in architecture and construction, particularly with regard to the fight against climate change, has led us to adopt sustainability as a key value in our projects.
Our activity reflects a continued rise in sustainable projects, characterised by the strong presence of passive architecture and various other sustainability services. The team works to capitalise on sustainability and to enhance the group’s portfolio in this sector, offering innovative solutions for construction projects, built urban environments and eco-materials.
It is with this aim in mind that we promote solutions adapted to the challenge of climate change, in particular those which create zero-energy buildings or buildings related to the circular economy or smart cities, implementing measures to provide comfort and well-being while also considering ecological concerns, materials, water reserves and energy supply.
Sustainability of Buildings
Our aim is to establish strategies which cover all areas of building sustainability, improving overall environmental performance without neglecting quality and the comfort of users. Planning and bioclimatic principles form the basis for these strategies, and sustainable building certification systems such as the LEED or BREEAM are an example of some of the systems used to promote sustainability and to differentiate new, renovated or existing buildings both nationally and internationally. Dynamic simulations are another of the tools which we use and which allow us to assess and establish the most appropriate solutions for matters of energy efficiency, renewable energies, thermal comfort, ventilation and natural lighting.
Sustainability of the Urban Environment
Our services in this area focus on the urban scale characteristic of cities, and aim to develop mechanisms to plan and design a sustainable territory, evaluating and diagnosing the specific needs of each region. The solutions implemented develop strategies for adapting to climate change, in line with the main risk factors facing each region. We conduct climate modelling studies at the urban scale which help to adapt spaces to their purpose and make them more comfortable; we create mechanisms to respond to the challenges of smart cities, improving the functionality and adaptability of the infrastructure by means of historical analysis linked to technological solutions; we also employ environmental analysis and assessment to develop plans and strategies which ensure energy sustainability.
Sustainability of Materials
Materials and products play a decisive role in the development of sustainable buildings and an equally sustainable built environment. We apply eco-design principles to our work and conduct life-cycle assessments on the materials used, as well as issuing environmental product declarations and promoting assessments to ascertain sustainability. Life-cycle assessments (LCA) on materials, building solutions, products and processes (production lines or techniques) allow environmental analysis, as well as profiling and identification of improvements necessary in terms of the circular economy, taking into account the rationalisation of resources, minimisation of waste and increase in the lifespan of products.
As in the case of materials, energy also plays a central role in the global quest for sustainability. To ensure optimum applicability of this resource, we establish and implement strategies which promote more efficient use of energy in new or existing buildings, as well as on urban areas, including large-scale projects. Our activity involves assessing the energy profile of buildings and establishing procedures which can reduce overall energy consumption and related costs. We also design and implement energy saving plans, using ESCO models where applicable. On the building scale, we offer energy auditing services for operating premises in compliance with legal requirements, and we design energy rationalisation plans.