Sustainability in construction is no longer just a flag, but a necessity and a condition for doing more and better business.
At a time when environmental issues and the ecological footprint are increasingly present in the lives of people and companies, sustainability is also a decisive factor in construction and real estate. More energy-efficient designs and better quality buildings are wanted – and in some cases these requirements are no longer just a necessity, but a condition for business. The pandemic has accelerated these challenges, with evidence in the demand for homes with larger outdoor and indoor areas, and in a new reality where green and outdoor spaces have become the ‘holy grail’ of times of confinement.
How are companies responding to these challenges? How important is sustainability in real estate projects? And how is the industry adapting to the changes? The third webinar TEKSIL 2020, promoted by Tektónica – Feira Internacional de Construção e Obras Públicas and Salão Imobiliário de Portugal (SIL), held this Tuesday, 30 June 2020, and dedicated to the theme “Green and Sustainable Construction and Real Estate”, brought together several players in the sector to discuss these and other issues, with the support of idealista/news.pt.
Sustainability from the “zero” moment
But how can one guarantee, in practice, that a project is sustainable? The manager once again gives the example of Tróia where, for example, when the two towers were demolished at the beginning of the project, 95% of the materials were used in the new construction.
In practice, the sustainability vector has to be present from the very beginning of the real estate development, “through the certifications attributed, the materials and equipment used”, as explained by Sandro Oliveira, CEO of InvestCo – who is developing Jardins da Efanor in Porto, one of the largest projects currently underway in the country. According to the responsible, the sustainability “step” has to be taken in a very embryonic moment of the project, in the architectural and design phase, and that “this thought has to be transverse, in an aesthetic, mobility, cost and construction aspect”, in order to give guarantees to the clients about the housing product they are buying.