A Connected Approach to Design
The initial goal for the project was to finalise the design to a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification standard. However, as with all of our projects, NACO is driven to exceed expectations, and the team realised that with a small amount of additional effort the project could be designed to a Gold LEED certification. Together with the client, the decision was made to aim for the higher certification.
Several design choices and innovations were made to create a truly sustainable project. Among them, energy demand was minimised by incorporating a highly energy efficient mechanical system, solar heat protection and a roof covered in solar panels. On top of this, the use of recycled building materials and facilitating waste management also means that the design contributes to the circular economy. The design also utilises condense water from the mechanical system to irrigate the airport’s gardens.