Armando Iachini: Rational Use of Water in Constructions

Water distribution in our planet is variable and it depends on each region. There are zones in which water is found copiously is any of their states (solid, liquid or gas) while in other places it is scarce. Although there is water in two thirds of our planet, only 2,5% of the liquid reserve is spring water and 97,5% is salty water. Human activities require a vast availability of spring water and that is why is it important to promote a rational use of water.

It is impossible to talk about the development of a city without making reference to the evolution of the architecture and of the constructions. The quantity of inhabitants of a region is proportional to the edification of structures that promote solutions in this matter. The construction activities require the intervention of water as a base element to make the work. Specialists make reference to the need of having efficiency in the use of water and this protocol has to do with spring water saving, but how can we achieve that goal?

Armando Iachini: Rational Use of Water in Constructions

There are more construction enterprises that are concerned about the optimization of this vital liquid. The tendency of using rain water or recycled water in construction is more frequent; therefore, the is a decrease in spring water consumption and this is translated to a decrease of costs when it comes to basic services.

Any plan applied to make more efficient water consumption has to follow these paradigms:

  • Guaranteeing the correct work of water systems in order to avoid leaks and an ulterior water waste
  • Reducing water use via the implementation of technologies that allow the optimal distribution of the liquid taking into account the needs of the sector
  • Sharpening the stocking processes of water
  • Replacing potable water for rain water when it comes to construction mixtures

Water treatment is essential to decrease tap water consumption and to have a high quality environmental control. In Venezuela these are various alternatives to have potable water depending on the type of contamination. The cleaning processes can include precipitation, neutralization, chemical and biological oxidation, reduction, filtration, and osmosis, among others.

The enterprise social responsibility is part of the engagement these enterprises have regarding water care: the main resource is constructions.

Armando Iachini: New Electric Technologies in Construction Sites

In a world where energy consumption is more than the production capacity, there are various reasons that give more force to the lacks when it comes to providing electric service: climatic phenomena, slight investments in this area, and the lack of technologies in order to generate resources.

Engineers and architects are before an enormous challenge and an engagement with the environment. In most of the countries, the construction sector demands more than 50% of energy consumption globally. It is necessary to create alternative in other to sharpen the use of energy from the execution of works to the occupation of the building.

This new labor tendency is under a sustainable construction parameter that marks a milestone in the real state world. Reducing effectively the energetic requirements and incorporating technologies, introducing environmentally friendly materials and practices is the common pattern in those enterprises interested on contributing to the planet.

Armando Iachini: New Electric Technologies in Construction Sites

The new technologies represent the best ally in the construction sector. There is specially designed equipment that guarantees the rational use of electric energy. Using illumination in a defined schedule is an excellent option to save some money and to have more efficient energy consumption. The programing of systems based on movement sensors make easier the process because they detect the presence of workers in every space and they reduce the unnecessary use of energy.

The combination of natural and artificial light is the perfect formula to promote an efficient work. It is time to integrate new elements in constructions such as solar and Eolic power since they are the best options to avoid using electric energy.

It is necessary to take some measures that allows to have a harmonious work with our planet:

  • Using low-consumption illumination known as saving light bulbs
  • Renewing machinery and equipment that demand less energy
  • Avoid leaving chargers plugged and eliminating the “stand by” option from electrical gadgets.

The process of adaptation of the construction enterprises to these work formulas may vary regarding the economic possibilities and the intentions of the people in charge. These small steps will take us to a goal. The results will be greater as long as more companies join to these initiatives.

Armando Iachini: What Other Things Construcciones Yamaro May Offer

Many people may think that having the power of association between a science such as engineering and other such as sociology and its various branches has poor results or has no sense. However, the reality is that today it is not possible to separate one from the other.

Armando Iachini: What Other Things Construcciones Yamaro May Offer
Avoiding any risks of harm

The company’s principles and values instilled to its employees, from the moment they enter the organization, must be premised on ensuring the quality of the work performed and for the environment where it is built.

Regardless of the environment where the person is working, Construcciones Yamaro has taken into consideration as a main value to avoid using substances that can be capable of harming the nature, flora and fauna in the environment surrounding any of its works. All this means that the company has reinvented itself in its market, becoming a pioneer of the Venezuelan construction, while positioned as an example to follow for competition and other companies, regardless of the market in which they unfold.

Construcciones Yamaro works incessantly every day under these parameters, to the point that within its management -it can be during one, three, six and twelve months- many direct or indirectly competing companies have joined the initiative to construct large buildings, but with the least possible chances or risk of pollution. Currently, there are some studies conducted to demonstrate which the market is, how often they change their methodology and analysis are performed to discover what kind of materials -anticorrosive, minerals, and tools- should be used to avoid any negative changes in the ecosystem.

Armando Iachini: What Other Things Construcciones Yamaro May Offer
Hard work with green conscious

Corporate Environmental Responsibility always favors improving the place where we live and where the companies operate by reducing environmental costs and the costs of the company: the proper use of natural resources, it also reduces costs of energy, water, raw materials, waste, etc. This is a really serious topic for the company, so it is important to remember that Construcciones Yamaro guarantees the best quality in its works, while minimizing all risks of environmental degradation.

Armando Iachini: Green Alternatives for the Future

Green is possible. Green alternatives in the construction sector seem to be the answer for the future in many countries such as: Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, United States, Germany, India and Austria. These countries are noted for their new ways to apply Corporate Social Responsibility in the construction sector.  For the company Construcciones Yamaro, in Venezuela, for example, an architectural alternative for the planet has much to do with resources, energy and water consumption savings and improvements in the communities.

Armando Iachini: Green Alternatives for the Future
Green architecture ideas

How to help the environment? The construction is an activity with high level of impact to the planet. The damage caused by industry is generating numerous problems for several years, as it getting bigger and present because of the continued growth of the population and the consequent need for habitat.

Corporate Social Responsibility considers reducing the impact generated wherever a construction is taking part. This reduction is an implicit need within the construction sector. Home, business and community constructions and buildings of the future are profiled to be developed with friendly materials to the environment. These buildings seek to increase the electrical efficiency and reduce the environmental cost, while considering cost reduction.

Construcciones Yamaro. For Armando Iachini, CEO of Construcciones Yamaro, it is important always to be aware of the environmental impact of the construction works in the country and he knows how to minimize it at a maximum point. There are more sustainable materials than others in the construction sector. For example, wood is one of them because of their characteristic of reuse, recycling and renewal. A very good characteristic of this material is that once it is used, it can become biomass or it can be used to build agglomerate.

Green buildings are built according to bioclimatic guidelines that will achieve between 50% and 80% energy savings compared to conventional buildings. They should use fluorescent bulbs, use of solar panels to generate clean energy and hot water, use best crystals to regulate temperature and reduce the use of heaters and air conditioners.

Cost reduction: LEED. The so called “green” architecture creates a problem that is being solved. Reducing energy costs of construction of a sustainable building also causes an increase in margins of primary investment translated to a 10% to 15% in the construction budget, compared to a conventional building.

Armando Iachini: Green Alternatives for the Future
Sustainable construction

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a system of standardization for eco-friendly construction works, which dictates the standards to consider a building as “green”. LEED certification is a method that evaluates buildings and communities through objective design guidelines and measurable parameters. Environmental performance includes:

  • energy efficiency,
  • indoor environmental quality,
  • materials selection,
  • sustainable site development,
  • water savings.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification categorizes a building in one of the five standards mentioned before, among which include: Sustainable Sites (SS) Water Saving (WE), Energy and Atmosphere (EA), Materials and Resources (MR) and Environmental Quality interiors (IEQ). Innovation Design (ID) is an additional category that studies how the construction was handled as well as the design measures not covered in the other four categories. Therefore, construction companies have four levels of accreditation to consider:

  • Regional Certification (40-49 points),
  • Silver (50-59 points),
  • Gold (60-70 points),
  • Platinum (80 or more points).

Armando Iachini and the Green Cities of the Future

Vertical Garden Cities. Nowadays cities are becoming denser and all the buildings in them are constantly shooting up. However, the number of gardens in those cities is also on the rise. The vertical garden, which is not a new concept, is getting importance and presence, and in recent times it has certainly become more popular. This type of gardens refers to a wall partially or completely covered with vegetation. A vertical garden includes a growing medium, such as soil, and usually has the characteristic of having an integrated water delivery system. This great creation or invention is responsibility of Patrick Blanc, nevertheless, the emergence of more and more vertical gardens is in direct response to the growing population in cities.

Armando Iachini and the Green Cities of the Future
Patrick Blanc: The creator of the vertical garden

Patrick Blanc commented to the Wall Street Journal that the amount of space in big cities is increasingly at a premium; this is why vertical gardens can provide a welcome and needed oasis to them. In that report, he also said that there is also a growing alarm about things related to climate change and deforestation, making a real responsibility and task the fact to evoke nature and green environments when talking about great cities and growing populations.

The case of Sydney. This topic certainly has to be related to Australia, where a draft policy by the City of Sydney is calling on residents and businesses to green their roofs and walls as a way and solution of improving air quality, supporting biodiversity, and creating new green spaces in the heart of the city for food production and relaxation. There is at least 96,000sqm of green rooftops and walls across the city of Sydney – roughly equal to 230 basketball courts. The City also receives around one new development application that includes a green roof or wall each week. Today, One Central Park is the Sydney’s most popular and important vertical garden.

Armando Iachini and the Green Cities of the Future
One Central Park, Sydney

Armando Iachini and the Green City. One of the biggest international concerns in this century is global warming, referring to the possible destruction of the earth, which is our unique space with the exact features or at least the necessary characteristics for our survival. However, everyday our climate is more variable or different, the winters are not as cold and heat increases and rains can come at any time. Researches in the world show that pollution spread by humans is growing and, responding to that phenomenon, the planet is getting hotter and more polluted space.

To Armando Iachini, engineer and CEO of Construcciones Yamaro, a solution or an important contribution would be to create structures or buildings as the ‘Bosco Verticale’ or vertical Forest, located in Milan. He claims that the vertical forest located in Milan is a good role model worldwide. The civilization needs to take that example and help in the recovery of the ecosystem. He says that trees within the buildings can help purifying the air of our big cities. Additionally, this type of designs and green measures are incredible attractive, colorful and, what is more important, sustainable. All this creates a relaxing environment for those who live in buildings around the world.

Armando Iachini and the Green Cities of the Future
Bosco Verticale, Milan