ELEMENTS, which is located in Tlalnepantla in the State of Mexico, will provide a “habitat in equilibrium.” Inspired by the four elements of nature: fire, water, wind and earth, ELEMENTS provides a comfortable space for residents to live while respecting their surrounding environment. The building represents fire through its co-generation system that generates all electricity and hot water demand. The second element, water, is represented by the building’s rainwater harvesting and potabilization system, and the third by wind-generating turbines. Lastly, the use of local materials and the building’s contribution to the urban revitalization of Tlalnepantla pay tribute to the fourth element, earth. The project includes two 14-story buildings with a total of 240 apartments.
ELEMENTS’ state-of-the-art co-generation system is a remarkable engineering feat typically reserved for industrial buildings, that will revolutionize how daily thermal and electricity needs are met. Homeowners will measure and manage their consumption with a proprietary smart meter that empowers them to act on their behaviors. The smart meter’s app has an automation system compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa.
The developer of ELEMENTS, Desarrolladora y Constructora Metropolitana (DCM), is committed to building in a resource-efficient way and plans to implement what it has learned from its experience with ELEMENTS into its future EDGE-certified projects. ELEMENTS has received a preliminary EDGE certificate from GBCI.