Over the past years, society has developed a growing environmental awareness: we seek clean and renewable energies, green vehicles, eco-friendly buildings, efficient infrastructures and smart cities. Architecture, of course, cannot be distanced from this tendency and understands the importance of this new coexistence between building development and our natural environment.
However, in luis vidal + architects we like to refer to sustainability as a Responsibility because we believe it defines our work and how we position ourselves for each project, regardless of whether if it´s a big urban development or a small industrial design project; it also defines our attitude towards our client and end user.
Working towards “zero-emissions”: Waterproof envelopes, with high isolation levels and sun shading; efficient heating systems; ventilation; air conditioning (HVAC) and illumination that can guarantee considerable economic and energy savings and improves people’s wellbeing.
luis vidal + architects identifies 3 different approaches for each project:
The indoor environment has a direct effect on health, wellbeing and performance. A comfortable environment will positively influence productivity, for example, in offices, or in the patients´ healing process that takes place in hospitals, and will lower stress levels in big infrastructures like airports.
Owners and Developers
In the long term, a sustainable office designed with environmental criteria generates benefits for both workers -a more confortable atmosphere and a environment quality- and customers, while reducing energy consumption is increased.
Design team and industry pioneers
Our design team´s vast experience and technical ability are essential during this process given that, in terms of environmental criteria, factors such as construction, energy efficiency, the use of responsible materials and internal environment quality are decisive factors to consider in the early design stage. They also have the ability to work with the client to fully understand their objectives and guarantee to meet the deadlines and work within budgets.
Regardless of the scale, all projects in our portfolio are born with the same DNA that defines our social, economic and environmental commitment. In one word: RESPONSIBILITY
Our methodology can be summarized as follows:
- A holistic and responsible approach that provides an integrated and multidisciplinary perspective for each project.
- An economic analysis of the sustainable design solutions (active and passive) and considering a careful selection of materials, environmental impact solutions, low CO2 emissions and acoustic comfort inside the building.
- Presenting the results to our clients together with a series of efficient design solutions according to their targets and business scope.
luis vidal + architects: Responsibility Facts
luis vidal + architects has a team of multidisciplinary professionals with a broad technical and structural background, qualified to adopt sustainable solutions following international environmental standards (LEED, BEEAM, etc...) - A special mention to the members of our team that have participated in adapting the prestigious BREEAM certification to the Spanish 2010 regulations.
Our projects speak for themselves in terms of RESPONSIBILITY and energy efficiency. Multiple designs have been recognised by internationally renowned institutions, becoming sustainable architecture landmarks. Among others, we delude ourselves for receiving a LEED Platinum in Europe for the Campus Palmas Altas project in Seville (Spain); for being the first airport building to receive a BREEAM certificate for London Heathrow Terminal 2 -taken also as a reference model for the future building of airports-; the BREEAM certificate given to the new Hospital in Vigo (Galicia, Spain); the LEED Platinum pre certificate for the tower building in Castellana 77 ; the new façade and Fit-Out of the Eloy Gonzalo n.10 offices -LEED Gold certified-, both in Madrid; and the MOOD tap (Pre-BREEAM certified) for Porcelanosa (KBBreview Award).
We believe that with RESPONSABILITY you can achieve your target of building an efficient eco-friendly product, respecting the environment and fulfilling the expectations of your client.
These facts reinforce our philosophy and contribute to a career path that we are truly proud of in luis vidal + architects.