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VERDEGBCe certification by Green Building Council España

Headquarters of SENER in Catalonia.

Headquarters of SENER in Catalonia.

The Green Building Council España organization has awarded SENER building in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona, Spain), the headquarters for the engineering and technology group’s Division in Catalonia, the rating 4 VERDEGBCe leaves (out of a maximum of 5), thanks to its eco-technological design and the integration of passive energy efficient solutions.

Among other features, the organization has highlighted the following: indoor environmental quality, natural lighting, use of local materials, low embodied energy, use of water resources, low light and noise pollution, use of renewable energy as well as representative elements such as the photovoltaic pergola and the connection of the hot-water and air-conditioning system to a District Heating and Cooling system. Also assessed was the effective waste management performed by SENER during the construction and implementation of a maintenance system. The total energy consumption of the new headquarters is very low and does not exceed 145 kWh/m2 per year, with CO2 emissions amounting to 32 kg/m².

The SENER building in Barcelona was inaugurated in 2014 and has 7,500 m2 of land, 16,000 m2 of floor space and an additional 4,000 m2 for further expansion. The design and construction project was executed by a team of SENER architects and engineers, who gave particular attention to the sustainability aspects that comprise the methodology for the VERDEGBCe certification. As a matter of fact, last year the building received a Category A energy rating from the Catalan Energy Institute (ICAEN).

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