Cemex is implementing the ecoperating™ Building Certification in recognition of projects that demonstrate notable sustainability characteristics. The certification accredits buildings with special sustainability features above the market standard, whether during their design, construction and/or operation phase. This includes:
- Energy efficiency comprised of one mandatory requirement referenced against the national US standard ASHRAE 90.1-2007. The American Society of Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating (ASHRAE), establishes minimum requirements for the energy efficient design of buildings.
- Sustainable design composed of four elective requirements with flexible compliance options including: water consumption reduction, use of local materials, heat island effect reduction and innovative sustainable solutions such as generation of renewable energy and others.
The certification will enable Cemex to recognise projects that save water and energy and that lower the environmental footprint with regards to construction and buildings.
The ecoperating™ Building Certification has been pilot-tested in Mexico and will now be introduced across Cemex’s operations worldwide. It will undergo slight adaptations according to local requirements and characteristics in order to ensure optimised impact in each region.
The new certification will be used alongside other international building certifications, such as LEED and BREEAM.
“Cemex is proud to introduce this building certification to architects, real estate developers and construction companies around the world,” said Vicente Saisó, Cemex’s Sustainability Director. “Cemex is ambitiously pursuing a leadership role in the development of products, services and building solutions that contribute to a more sustainable construction sector, while fostering social and economic growth.”
Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham
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