Art Home is a low-income housing complex on the outskirts of São Paulo. Residents of the complex’s 378 two-bedroom units enjoy numerous amenities, including a swimming pool, playground, barbecue area, and soccer field.
The pair of 24-story buildings in the complex were designed to reduce energy and water usage, which help residents to save an estimated 20 percent on utility costs. Energy-efficient lighting, external shading devices and reflective paint contribute to the building’s energy savings, while dual-flush water closets and water-efficient plumbing features contribute to the building’s water savings.
Art Home’s developer, Paladin Realty, has invested in projects across Latin America, bringing more affordable housing to the market in a socially and environmentally responsible way. The group has financed EDGE-certified projects throughout the region, including Bosque de Serra in Brazil, Villas del Fresno in Mexico and Verah Etapa in Peru. Art Home was constructed by Kallas Incorporações & Construções with construction management provided by Tallento Engenharia.
Art Home has received final EDGE certification from GBCI.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reduced window-to-wall ratio, reflective paint/tiles for the roof and external walls, external shading devices, and energy-saving lighting in internal and external spaces.
Dual-flush water closets and low-flow showerheads and faucets for kitchen sinks and washbasins.
In-situ reinforced concrete slab for the floor and roof and medium-weight hollow concrete blocks for internal and external walls.
*Part of the energy efficiency percentage may be associated with virtual energy for comfort depending on the presence of heating and cooling systems. Note that virtual energy does not contribute savings to utility bills.