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Brazilian University Gets Zero Energy Consumption Building

Brazil's University of São Paulo, USP USP (University of São Paulo), Brazil's most renowned university, which is financed by the São Paulo state, has just launched the official project of the Center of Studies on Climate and Sustainable Environments (Cecas), the first environmentally sustainable building in the Armando de Salles Oliveira University City, where the university is headquartered, in São Paulo.

The new building is planned to have zero consumption of energy, reduced environmental impact and should also be part of multidisciplinary research by several units at USP. The center should house the Theme Network on Global Change, the Center for Earth Science and the Environment and the Laboratory of Sustainable Models for Constructions.

According to information provided by the press department at USP, it is a model building, with three floors and an area of 6,000 square meters (64,583 square feet), which was planned to generate all the electric energy to be consumed in the phase of usage and operation through the installation of advanced technologies in the international market. The building should also contemplate projects turned to sustainability and reduced environmental impact.

In the launching ceremony, the USP chancellor, Suely Vilela, announced investment of 5 million Brazilian reais (US$ 2.1 million) in the new building.

"Congregating the USP Theme Network on Climate Change, the Laboratory for Sustainable Models for Constructions and the Center for Earth Science and the Center of Studies on Climate and Sustainable Environments contributes expressively to the discussion of the strategic theme not just for the country but also for the world," she pointed out.

To the director of the Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Science Institute (IAG), Márcia Ernesto, the "center represents multidisciplinarity and integrates several research groups of the university in different areas of knowledge. Whatever the routes followed, this convergence of ideals resulted in a grand, innovative and model project for the University of São Paulo," she explained.

According to the deputy director of the College of Architecture and Urbanism (FAU) of the USP who is also the project director, Marcelo de Andrade Romero, three basic proposition were considered during the construction of the new building in the campus: maximization of the architecture relations versus climate, as a way to reduce the future energy consumption (passive solar technology); the use of active technologies with low energy consumption and the implementation of initiatives turned to sustainability and reduced environmental impact during the phases of construction, usage and operation of the building.

The forecasts, among other aspects, include control of solar radiation by means of automated external protection against solar rays, optimization of natural lighting and shelves of light, natural ventilation with automated control, solar air conditioning at the auditorium and employees room, ground air cooling, collection of rainwater for reuse in toilets and garden irrigation, flat-plate solar collectors for water heating in showers and sinks, as well as use of building material with recycled contents.



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  • biboch

    Building costs in Brazil?
    It’s really great that places like Universities are leading the way and setting the standards for sustainable building. I’m always interested in the economic balance of sustainable building, because it is a big factor in convincing clients, so I noted that the Chancellor is investing $2.1 million in the project.
    What is this number? Is it the total cost? USP’s partial investment in a multi-donor project? Just the cost of the sustainability technology? For a 6000 square meter building, that isn’t much money… about $350/sqm if my maths are right.
    Can we have some more info?

  • Shelly1

    CH.C the chronic…
    Give an example of an American–top one or two, investing in such technology? Please, all universities in the U.S. are scrambling for money right now! Gimme a break, the poor here will continue to dream about the American dream (turned nightmare). Although, top ten continue to receive a lot of grants and money from state, private institutions are feeling the pinch. How else do you think students fund themselves? With loans and those are hard to come by these days!

    Well done for USP, now other states, the less fortunate northern states need basic elementary education, don’t worry about solar panels, just give the kids some books and pay teachers a good wage!

  • ch.c.

    USP (University of SÀƒ£o Paulo), Brazil’s most renowned university !
    Brazil’s most renowned university but……. Ranked 196th out of 200 in a ranking of the 200 World Best Universities !!!
    And the only one ranked in the 200 World Best

    Sorry..sorry…sorry…the ranking was not done by me !

    Better yet….. but your USP 2008 ranking went DOWN from 175th the previous year !


    No doubt you are going to continue producing for a few more decades…..grains….orange juice, meats, cotton, iron ore, steel… and continue using foreign more advanced technology in seeds, pesticides, fongicides, cars, tractors, harvesters, trucks, software, precision machineries, drugs outside of cocaÀƒ¯ne, medical instrumentations….just to name a few !!!!

    Viva Brazil….Viva Brazil !!!!!!

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