Oficinas Santa Catarina
The new FINSA offices are situated within the FINSA Industrial Park of Santa Catarina, which is strategically located in northern Mexico with easy access to central Mexico and Texas. The industrial park serves a variety of industries with tenants that range from automotive to logistic companies. The office provides a resource-efficient work space for FINSA, one of Mexico’s leading industrial real estate companies. The two-story office building has meeting rooms, an on-site warehouse and recreational spaces for staff to gather.
The operational costs of the office building are expected to decrease by more than one-third because of its green measures that were implemented at no additional cost to FINSA. Features such as an energy-efficient air conditioning system and occupancy sensors reduce the use of energy while low-flow faucets conserve water. The use of construction materials such as precast concrete panels for the external walls also reduce the embodied energy in materials.
FINSA is committed to building industrial spaces that use resources more efficiently with minimal impact on the environment. They believe that building green also positively impacts the lives of those who work within the building. Oficinas Santa Catarina is the first EDGE-certified project by FINSA, but the company hopes that it will be a model for future offices. Oficinas Santa Catarina 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, variable refrigerant volume (VRV) cooling system, energy-saving lighting and occupancy sensors.
Low-flow faucets in bathrooms, dual-flush water closets and water-efficient faucets for kitchen sinks.
Controlled use of concrete for floor slabs and internal walls, precast concrete panels for external walls and finished concrete flooring.
*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.