Four industrial warehouse buildings, in the Prologis CCP Caxias park in Rio de Janeiro and the Prologis CCP Cajamar III park in São Paulo, have earned LEED Gold certification, a recognition of high standards in sustainability and environmental protection in new construction
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a leading third-party rating system for sustainable structures around the world, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC),. To obtain LEED certification, buildings must be designed with an eye toward minimizing the environmental impact of construction and operations. Projects are judged on factors ranging from the use of recycled and regionally-sourced materials to energy-efficient design strategies.
The four projects, completed between December of 2015 and April of 2016, represent state-of-the-art construction and design features.
Both buildings in the new Prologis CCP Caxias park, Buildings 100 and 200, achieved Gold status, the second highest LEED level of certification. Prologis CCP Caxias is a newly constructed logistics complex in the Washington Luis Corridor in Rio de Janeiro. Prologis CCP Caxias Building 100, a 277,710-square foot warehouse and Building 200, a 376,598-square foot warehouse, feature skylights crossing the building’s width that provide daylight throughout the entire space, and a passive natural ventilation design. All wastewater from the project is being treated onsite and reused for irrigation. A white high-reflectance roof helps reduce the heat-island effect. Less than 8 miles from Rio´s international airport, the complex is situated near the major thoroughfares that serve Rio’s metropolitan area to minimize carbon emissions associated with transportation. By implementing features such as high-efficiency interior and exterior lighting design, the building’s operating energy costs are 50 percent lower than a 2007 baseline building.
Hardy Milsch, Prologis CCP SVP and Country Manager of Brazil, is thrilled with the results. “Prologis CCP is raising the bar for industrial construction practices throughout Brazil. These two new buildings, as well as the new buildings in the Prologis CCP Cajamar III park, are testament to the fact that industrial real estate and sustainable design can indeed go hand-in-hand.”
The two LEED Gold-certified buildings in the Prologis CCP Cajamar III park—Buildings 3100 and 3200—are the latest additions to the master-planned complex located adjacent to the Rodoanel Ring Road near São Paulo. During the construction of Building 3100 (741,975 square feet), 79 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills, 60 percent of construction materials were manufactured using recycled materials, with 29 percent made or extracted regionally. The building also received points for other sustainable design features including a bicycle storage and changing room, water-efficient landscaping, and use of low-emitting materials in paints and flooring systems. Building 3200, (485,915 square feet), which shares many of these features, is fully occupied by Samsung.
For nearly a decade, Prologis has been working with its joint venture partner, CCP, to develop Class A logistics space from the ground up in São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. The Brazil portfolio today includes 23 buildings in 8 parks, as well as several sites for future development.
By constructing state-of-the-art, convenient, 21st-century logistics facilities, Prologis CCP is playing an important role in the modernization of Brazil’s distribution systems and consumer economy. Seeking and receiving independent third-party ratings marks an important step in the maturation of this market. These certifications are part of the company’s LEED Volume Program, and support Prologis’ sustainability goal to design 100% of new development to sustainable design standards with the goal of certification.