In a society which is increasingly aware of the need to take action to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in buildings, there are such measures as BREEAM® and LEED® sustainability certificates and calculation of the carbon footprint which, together with Sustainable Mobility Studies, are essential for those organisations which wish to benefit from the positive aspects they entail: financial savings, contribution to the corporate social responsibility plan and the well-being of the building’s users.
BREEAM® and LEED® Sustainability Certificates
The sustainable certificate of a building (whether newly-built or already constructed) guarantees that the building is in compliance with a series of requirements which are designed to cut operating costs and improve its environmental performance, operation and maintenance in such aspects as efficiency, sustainable water management, air quality, safety, prevention, durability, functionality and flexibility, assuring the comfort and well-being of its users.
The sustainable certification of a building includes a significant financial saving, as the optimisation of the management of the installations reduces energy and water consumption and maintenance charges. On the other hand, it enhances the value of the building and reduces the generation of waste and greenhouse gases.
BREEAM® and LEED® are two of the main internationally recognised sustainable certification systems for buildings. Eurocontrol is a member of the Consultative Technical Groups and of the LEED® Workforce of the Green Building Council Spain (GBCe), and is the third member of BREEAM® España, after having collaborated in the adaptation of BREEAM® ESPAÑA.
Eurocontrol is one of the first consultants in Spain which has professionals accredited in the LEED® system and in the BREEAM® in-Use, BREEAM® Commercial and BREEAM® Home schemes.
Calculating the carbon footprint of the product and of the company
The carbon footprint is an ecolabel expressed in equivalent CO2 tons and which determines the emissions of all the greenhouse gases associated with organisations, events or activities or with the life cycle of a product, and is designed to identify its contribution to climate change.
Verification of the carbon footprint in the terms of ISO 14067 allows organisations to identify openings for the reduction of emissions, and the consumption of energy and other raw materials.
Sustainable Mobility Studies
Sustainable Mobility Studies are urban transport and mobility plans that address administrations or companies which have a corporate social responsibility plan, and they normally describe the following systems:
- Public transport systems, to Improve quality of life and Promote social inclusion.
- Transport systems for the economic system, to Enhance its competitiveness and Promote its development.
- A transport system of reduced impact, to minimise energy Consumption and ensure a Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.