Barú is a Social Housing (VIS) apartment project located in the expansion area of the city of Yumbo, Colombia, and part of the Ciudad Guabinas Macroproject. The Macroproject entails the development of approximately 12,000 housing units, in an environment with more than 250,000 square meters of green areas, recreational spaces, regulation ponds for rainwater management and a large area of more than 40,000 square meters for commercial and institutional development.

Barú consists of 316 apartments with an average floor space of 63 square meters and 12 commercial spaces on the second floor. The Barú Project has been designed, promoted and built by Jaramillo Mora Constructora S.A., a Colombian real estate developer committed to sustainable construction and climate change mitigation.

To meet international standards for resource efficiency, energy and water-saving technologies were incorporated into the design, construction and internal processes of the building. Reflective paint, external shading devices, and LED lighting reduce the project’s energy use, while water-efficient plumbing fixtures reduce its water consumption.

Barú has received a Preliminary EDGE Certificate from CAMACOL.

Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification


Energy Savings*


Water Savings


Less Embodied Energy in Materials

*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.

Technical Solutions


Reduced window to wall ratio, reflective paint for external walls, external shading devices, and energy-saving lighting for internal and external spaces.


Low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucets for washbasins and kitchen sinks, and single flush for water closets.


In-situ reinforced concrete slab for floor and roof construction, in-situ reinforced walls for internal and external walls, ceramic tiles for flooring and aluminum window frames.


Calle 8 con Carrera 20B. Yumbo. Yumbo, Valle del Cauca Colombia


Preliminary EDGE Certificate


November 1, 2021

Floor Space (m2)


Total CO2 Savings (annually)


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