LINDAL do Brasil the first Brazilian industrial plant to be EDGE certified

With COP26 coming to an end, LINDAL do Brasil, in Jundiaí, yesterday received the first EDGE certification granted to an industrial plant in Brazil.

The sustainable solutions applied in construction of the building resulted in a reduction in the use of energy, water, and embodied energy in building materials. LINDAL Group is a world leader in the development and manufacture of aerosol valves and actuators and is present in 14 countries.

EDGE certification is an IFC innovation based on free software that provides technical solutions to adapt construction projects to green building standards, while generating positive environmental and financial results.

To obtain EDGE certification, companies must prove that the design of their construction project will reduce the consumption of energy, water, and embodied energy in building materials by at least 20 percent compared to a conventional building. LINDAL’s newly certified industrial plant achieved a 30 percent reduction in energy use, 33 percent reduction in water use, and 60 percent reduction in the use of embodied energy.

LINDAL’s industrial plant was inaugurated in September this year, after a €14 million investment. The project, completed in 10 months, is 12,866 m² in size. The idea of using EDGE certification arose during the development of the project, in discussions between the developer and LINDAL’s project manager.

Marco Manho, from Five Engenharia, responsible for the management of the construction work, noted: “During the project study phase, LINDAL’s team was interested in learning more about sustainable construction options. Our specialist showed that the project was already meeting most of EDGE certification parameters and that only specific adjustments would be needed.

“Nowadays, we see that companies are more focused on minimizing the impact on the environment. Adaptations that were added to meet the EDGE certification included installation of a solar heating system, water-saving taps, insulated roofs and walls, occupancy sensors in bathrooms and rainwater collection for reuse.”

Brazil represents South America’s largest green-certified building market, with over 1,400 green buildings and projects – both residential and commercial. The construction industry is currently one of the sectors that generates most waste and accounts for almost 40 percent of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Thus, the promotion of green buildings through sustainable certifications is essential to reduce emissions, thereby lessening the damage to the environment.

IFC projects a $40 billion investment opportunity in green construction through 2025, with a potential for 450,000 green residential units (dependent upon changing economic conditions).

“EDGE certification has the practicality of showing in numbers the gains in efficiency and savings for the owner, whether the project is a residence, a business or an industrial plant. The certification rewards good practices and is contributing to mitigate the impact on the environment. Encouraging green buildings is essential to opening up a sustainable economic recovery”, says Carlos Leiria Pinto, IFC’s Country Manager in Brazil.

Moacir Camargo, Managing Director of Lindal do Brasil, added “The EDGE certification for LINDAL do Brasil’s new plant is the first accreditation for an industrial building in Brazil to receive it.

“No waste generated at the plant is sent to landfill and a series of energy and water-saving measures have been incorporated, such as a rainwater harvesting system, and skylights providing daylight needs up to 50% from the top floor. Going forwards, LINDAL do Brasil is also making plans for a solar-paneled roof.”