In Venezuela, optimizing the use of natural resources has become one of the most important factors to consider when designing and building. Today, the faculty of Architecture and Design of the University of Zulia aims its teachings to the eco-friendly constructions; the reason: Valeria Residences sustainability. Of course, Construcciones Yamaro is always interested in those topics around the world, and Venezuela is not far from that. The company presents a brief review of this green building in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela.
The building was designed by the retired teacher Maria Esperanza Perozo, her husband and architect Luis Romero and her daughter Adriana Romero. It is an ingenious and functional construction for the city context.
Aspects considered for the construction
Through a specialized assessment, a variety of the system’s advantages were determined for the construction of the building in order to be exploited to minimize the impact on the environment and the surrounding community.
Orienting the facade to the west and southwest -directions receiving the sunlight- the location of the building was considered as an opportunity and not as a disadvantage.
During the uprising, two layers of walls of expanded polystyrene blocks were built in the center. This technique allowed reducing 21 ° C in internal temperature with respect to the outside temperature without the use of air conditioning.
The construction required the use of sunbreakers to avoid direct incidence of sunlight on the windows, but ensuring optimal lighting without using electricity.
The water tank of the building is located on the roof, so that the water can flow down freely because of the gravity force without the use of hydro-pneumatic pumps. In addition to that, when receiving sunlight directly, it remains hot water without an electric heater.
Awards for the idea
All mechanisms used for saving energy and protecting the environment with the construction of Valeria Residences were awarded with the distinction of building “Highly Recommended” in the category of Best Architecture of Multifamiliar Housing of Venezuela 2012. The prestigious award was delivered by Americas Property Awards of the International Property Awards Organization.