Aratulog Armazenagem has enabled huge operational savings for its clients through improving the efficiency of its warehouse.
|Project Name||Parque Logístico Aratulog Simões Filho|
|Buildings Owner||Aratulog Armazenagem and VBI Real Estate|
|Total Floor Area Certified||30,567.61 sqm|
|Certification Date||11 May 2022|
Aratulog Armazenagem provides warehousing solutions for large retail stores that need a distribution center and logistics company. Parque Logístico Aratulog Simões Filho, based in Salvador, compromises of two warehouses, totalling over 87,000 square meters, with complete weighing structure, levelled docks and 24-hour security. In May 2022, Warehouse 1 achieved EDGE Advanced certification, setting an impressive benchmark for retailers in the region to improve the efficiency of their buildings.
The warehouse had already been developed according to similar projects standards decisions when the company decided to pursue green certification. The EDGE App was used to help Aratulog Armazenagem develop a retrofit strategy for the warehouse and identify the best options to implement and reduce the consumption of the building. The results speak for themselves. The project has achieved impressive resource savings. Yearly, the warehouse will save: 1,598 MWh of energy, 40,027 m3 of water and 356 tons of carbon dioxide.
To achieve these savings, Aratulog Armazenagem implemented a number of measures. To reduce the buildings operational energy use, the company used reflective paint and tiles for the roof and external walls, insulated the roof, used a variable refrigerant volume cooling system and installed energy saving lightbulbs. To reduce the water usage, they installed aerators and auto shut-offs for faucets and water efficient urinals and water closets for all bathrooms.
Aratulog Armazenagem used consultancy support from Green Edifica Consultoria, who specialise in the development of sustainable and efficient building projects. Green Edifica Consultoria are a member of the Green Building Council Brazil and have helped with the certification of over 85 thousand square metres of EDGE certified buildings across Brazil.
The warehouse was developed by VBI Real Estate who has strong environmental policies and sustainable practices. VBI Real Estate believes that a healthy environment is necessary for the well-being of society and posterity, and wants to promote that to its clients. The company decided to pursue EDGE certification due to its cutting-edge sustainability benefits.
VBI recognizes that individual and corporate users of real estate are increasingly factoring energy efficiency and sustainability considerations into their real estate selection process. From a commercial perspective, this makes the utilization of sustainable practices an increasingly important consideration for real estate developers and owners when they choose buildings.
Aratulog Armazenagem recognized that through certifying with EDGE it will increase the value of the property and provide a market advantage, opening up the possibility of further investment. The tenants of the warehouse have already given very positive feedback for the building and recognised the importance of sustainability and the credentials, as well as noting that the reduction in water and energy usage has brought cost savings.
The project also secured funding from one of Brazil’s regional banks, BNB. This was facilitated through the decision to certify the buildings with EDGE. This is one of many EDGE projects that secured green finance from a local or regional bank, as banks are increasingly recognising EDGE and using green finance to help accelerate investments in green real estate.
Aratulog Armazenagem currently has another warehouse on the same site that is registered and in the process of undergoing certification. After seeing the benefits to clients, the company and the environment, Aratulog Armazenagem is committed to making sustainable and equitable choices and providing the best service to its clients.
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