It Home Belém
The It Home Belém residential building is located in the heart of São Paulo with easy access to public transportation and other services such as hospitals, retail stores and restaurants. Residents can enjoy the nearby Parque Belém, which offers open green spaces and hiking trails. The 24-floor apartment building is divided into one and three-bedroom units with a total of 232 homes. The developer of the project, GTIS Partners, recognized the importance of building green to not only limit its carbon footprint, but also to provide lower utility bills for their customers. With the help of a consulting firm, ENE Consultores, the two companies worked together to find resource-efficient solutions for the project.
It Home Belém uses external shading devices and reduced glazing on the façade to improve energy efficiency. Each of the apartments contain green solutions such as energy-saving lighting systems and low-flow showerheads. These features are expected to reduce utility costs by approximately 25 to 30 percent, depending on the type of unit.
GTIS Partners has real estate investments across the Americas, with multiple projects in Brazil ranging from office and industrial spaces to homes and hotels. ENE Consultores is a Brazilian engineering and architecture consulting firm that focuses on developing sustainable real estate projects. It Home Belém has received final EDGE certification from thinkstep-SGS.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reduced window to wall ratio, external shading devices, energy-saving lighting and lighting controls for common areas and outdoors.
Low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucets for kitchen and bathroom sinks and dual flush water closets.
Controlled use of concrete for floor slabs and roof construction 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.