Healthy environment for a better future.
- Our software solution makes buildings more sustainable by reducing the energy consumption of HVAC by up to 40%.
- When we talk about sustainable buildings, we refer to all those constructions that take into account the climatic conditions of their surroundings. Also, green buildings take advantage of natural resources so their environmental impact and energy consumption are minimal.
- Sustainable buildings are those whose design and operation are based on a circular principle, one that takes into account their entire life cycle. For this definition to be successful, the initial design phase of the project is important, continuing with its construction and use until it is demolished where the raw materials that formed it return to the environment in the form of waste.
DABBY Self-operates your already existing sustainable buildings
- The location.
- Orientation and shape of the building.
- The number and form of the windows and their orientation to capture natural light.
- The materials chosen (recycled, sustainable).
Benefits of sustainable buildings
Globally, the evidence on the benefits of sustainable buildings is growing. They provide highly effective means to achieve global goals such as addressing climate change, creating sustainable communities, and driving economic growth.
Today’s sustainable buildings have environmental benefits, but also numerous social and economic benefits for occupants and owners. As a consequence, they translate into superior profitability for those who maintain and operate them.
One of the consequences of the increase in income obtained and the reduction in operating expenses is the increase in the value of the property, something very attractive for potential future investors.
The benefits of a sustainable building can be classified into three categories:
01. Environmental benefits
- Protect the ecosystem.
- Reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions and conserve water.
- Improve air, lighting and water quality.
- Reduce the amount of waste.
- Conserve and restore natural resources.
02. Economic benefits
- Save on energy costs.
- Reduce expenses in water use.
- Save on building maintenance and operation.
- Reduce waste management costs.
- Optimize the cycle life of the building.
- Higher profitability maintenance and operations.
- Increase property value.
03. Social and health benefits
Improving the quality of the indoor environment allows:
- Improve people’s comfort and health by creating a pleasant environment.
- Good indoor air quality can reduce absenteeism for those who, for example, suffer from respiratory allergies, asthma, stress or depression.
- Improve greater occupant happiness.
- Higher employee productivity.
- Environments free of chemicals harmful to health (these can be present in paintings, furniture, finishing elements, etc.).
The relationship between sustainable architecture and health
Sustainable architecture is a concept that has a positive impact on the environment and people’s health.
If we spend 80% of our time indoors, we can think that the indoor environment has a direct impact on our health. Let’s consider, for example, the capture of natural light or the quality of indoor air and water. We observe that these characteristics that provide environmental benefits also have a positive impact on people’s health.
In this context, it is crucial to explain the Sick Building Syndrome (SEE). With the 1973 oil crisis, a series of strategies were developed in order to reduce energy consumption. The use of materials with greater insulating capacity and more hermetic façade reduced energy consumptions.
As a result, hermetic buildings appeared and needed mechanical systems for the ventilation of the interiors. This fact, together with the organic components that released paints, varnishes, etc. led to poor and polluted indoor air quality. As a consequence, the health of the occupants began to be affected.
In opposition to the SEE, sustainable buildings have healthy, more comfortable and safe interior spaces for users. In this way, the percentage of people affected by SEE is low. Further, areas with these characteristics help increase the ability to think clearly, increase work performance and even improve rest at night.
How to evaluate sustainability in buildings
To evaluate and certify the sustainability of buildings there are various certifications. These focus on the design, construction and use of facilities. Obtaining the certificates makes it possible to quantify the efficiency of a building, its impact on the environment and the comfort and health of the occupants.
LEED and BREEAM are the best known and used internationally. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) originated in the United States while BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental assessment Method) originated in the United Kingdom.
The buildings that have these certifications operate under a series of strategies focused on the following points:
- The proper use of water.
- Sustainable development of free space.
- The use of alternative and efficient energies.
- Improving the quality of the indoor environment.
- The correct selection of building materials.
- Proper management of construction waste.
Present and future of sustainable buildings
At present in which the health crisis derived from Covid-19 is still latent, choosing easy-to-clean and hygienic materials is very important. We will soon see new launches on the market that respond to this new need.
The use of environmentally friendly materials, recycled, natural proximity materials will allow us to create environments that are also healthy.
Promoting the use of the bike as an alternative means of transport will ensure the maximum health guarantee. Office buildings should have spaces dedicated to parking bicycles and scooters, something that already happens in countries like the United Kingdom.
In addition to being a compliant solution with the environment, physical exercise is beneficial for our well-being. DABBEL improves the concept of sustainable building, applying technologies not only to make new buildings energy efficient but also to transform existing ones. Let’s make this an initiative that comes to stay.