LEED BD+C: Retail v3 - LEED 2009
LEED Platinum 2014
To use the project as an example to share with the community, the store has an educational plan with signage describing its main sustainable attributes and monthly guided tours.
Homecenter Cajica is located near the highway from Bogota to Cajicá, and also near the town of Chia, in a previously developed site.
Homecenter has 31 stores in Colombia, located in several cities. This enterprise provides all the products and services that consumers need to develop large and small scale projects related to home improvement and construction.
Homecenter’s target was to develop this store making its construction as economic as possible while maximizing its sustainability. To fulfill this target, the team of architects, designers and builders worked on the efficiency and economy of the designs, materials and construction.
Some of the main sustainable attributes of the store are the use of rainwater to supply water for non potable uses, waterless urinals and efficient fixtures, native and adaptive vegetation, natural ventilation, photovoltaic panels, efficient lighting fixtures and access to daylight through the skylights and translucent roof panels. All these strategies help the project achieved 70% potable water savings and 55% energy savings.
In construction phase the project has diverted 92.62% of the on-site generated construction waste from landfill thanks to the separation and management conducted by recycling associations and the community. Also, the project takes advantage of its location by promoting the use of alternative transportation and bicycles. Many Homecenter employees from Cajica and Chia use public buses as their mode of transportation to and from the store.
The incentive program implemented for the store is the first of this kind for Homecenter. It is hoped that this will be a successful strategy that will benefit both employees and the store itself to be an example for other Homecenter stores as well as other stores.
The project uses all the processes, materials and requirements of design that lead the store to be an example of sustainability, comfort and commitment to the environment.