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.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Co-generation system, external shading devices, high efficiency boiler for hot water, energy-saving lighting, lighting controls and smart meters.
Low-flow showerheads and faucets, dual flush water closets and a rainwater harvesting system.
In-situ waffle concrete slabs for floor and roof construction, medium weight hollow concrete blocks for external walls, and cement fiber boards on metal studs and plasterboards on metal studs for internal 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.