Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience) develops state-of-the-art polymer materials for a wide range of industries. Sustainability is a core value for this global firm and embedded in its entire value chain. The firm creates sustainable products in a workspace that reflects this commitment.
Covestro turned to Cushman & Wakefield’s Project & Development Services for support in developing the first building in Brazil which produces 100% of its own power. The client also required LEED Platinum® Certification, along with easier maintenance and lower waste generation.
The team of Sérgio Mendes – Project Management Senior Director, João Vieira – Senior Construction & Sustainability Consultancy Manager, and Gustavo Marques – Environmental Projects Analyst went to work to ensure that our program focused on reducing consumption of Brazil’s existing natural resources. Innovative materials and advanced technologies were applied with a goal of maximizing the use of renewable energy sources and the reuse of rainwater.
Our solution included:
- The installation of photovoltaic panels for power generation
- Use of natural lighting and ventilation
- Collection of rainwater for reuse in toilets and water features
- Sustainable landscaping with native vegetation
- Utilization of recyclable construction materials and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood
Covestro’s vision is “To make the world a brighter place.” This vision is on display at the facility, which is open to visitors and routinely hosts events centered on sustainable construction. Highlights of the program include:
- 100% of the energy demand supplied by solar panels
- 97% of construction waste sent for recycling
- 67% of the wood used is FSC certified
- Facade and covering has a high solar reflectance index, reducing the heat island effect
- 95% reduction of potable water consumption
- 40% of materials of the building locally sourced
“Our initial goal was to create a referential building in Brazil. Now we have a beautiful facility that achieved LEED Platinum® Certification. This was the first private building to obtain that level of certification in Brazil, and it should also be the first building in Brazil to be energy self-sufficient. In this way, we start to contribute with sustainability not only inside the company, but in the whole country.” Fernando Resende – Market Development Latam, Covestro