March 18, 2010 | bfeldman | Sustainability, Travel

LEED Consulting in Sao Paulo

Fox has been engage by Emerson to provide LEED consulting services for their new multi-use facility outside Sao Paulo Brazil.  The project includes office space, cafeteria and recreation facilities, warehouse and manufacturing components.

The team includes some very talented consultants, lead by Alcindo Dell’ Agnese Architects, Fundament-AR Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), M/A2 Engineering (Electrical), SustentaX (Commissioning) and Camargo Penteado Engenharia LTDA (Program Management).  We are fortunate to be part of this energetic, creative team!

The project is in it’s early design stages, but already there are multiple energy efficiency concepts being discussed.  Foremost among them is a natural ventilation system being proposed for select areas by the Architect.  Fox’s early focus is on selection of mechanical systems, envelope design and early peer review.

Sao Paulo is just beginning to work within the USGBC’s LEED system, however for a city of this size (almost 20 million in the metropolitan area) the amount of green construction is very small.  It is certainly an exciting city, with a lot of interesting architecture, much of it being concrete towers.  Near the architect’s offices is one of the best designed concrete cable stay bridges I have seen.

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Sao Paulo’s climate presents a unique opportunity for green design/energy efficiency – from a St. Louis perspective, I would rate it as close to perfect.  It is warm year round, with the lowest temperatures (50’s) coming in July.  No worrying about sub zero temperatures as you would in the Midwest.  They do have a rainy season during their summer months (our winter).

More on this project to follow……

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