Odebrecht Informa

Sustainable Giant

written by Domitila Carbonari photo by Carlos Gueller

Located at the entrance of Alphaville, close to Castelo Branco highway, the iTower is impressive, and its modern architecture, eye-catching. Recently completed, the first office tower developed and built by the Organization’s real estate subsidiary, Odebrecht Realizações Imobiliárias (OR), in Barueri, Greater São Paulo, is a venture that combines a number of attributes that make it unique in that region. With a General Sales Value (GSV) of approximately BRL 300 million, it is a multipurpose complex that includes a 26-story tower and the newly opened Iguatemi Alphaville mall. The iTower caters to companies and investors who already see sustainability as a differential that can bring real benefits to the management of businesses as well as the people using the building.

In 2009, the iTower received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) pre-certification, granted by the U.S. Green Building Council, which certifies sustainable development standards. To obtain certification, builders must adopt construction methods and procedures that seek to streamline resource use, with a focus on reducing social and environmental impacts. These measures are taken at all stages, during the design of the project, throughout construction, and after delivery, when the building is fully operational. These standards also include choosing a sustainable building site (based on location and access to services and public transportation, among others), rational use of water and energy, control of emissions and consumption of materials, waste management, the quality of the built environment and the process of innovation and project design.

Synonymous with innovation, sophistication and sustainability, the iTower was rated Triple A according to the international standards of the Jones Lang Lasalle real estate consulting firm. Like LEED certification, the Triple A seal is assigned when a building meets a range of requirements. These include quality and the construction technologies used, a flexible layout, the latest-generation system of climate control, parking designed with one slot for every 30 m² of private space, high-performance windows, building automation and supervision, and smart elevators.

The iTower has all the facilities corporate clients require, with ample private space, flexibility for combining units vertically or horizontally, and smart elevators. The 26-story building contains units with 380 m² to 1,563 m² of private space per floor. The tower has a total of 1,379 parking spaces, a helipad and a helicopter with a capacity of up to 6 tonnes. There is also a restricted entry VIP area for departures and arrivals.

“Alphaville was conceived in the early 1970s as a model subdivision focused on non-polluting industries. The idea was to create a planned neighborhood that prioritizes well-being. The iTower is a logical outcome of that goal, extended to the corporate segment,” says OR Development Director Claudio Dall’Acqua.

See what makes the iTower project innovative
Combining efficiency with technology, the iTower was developed with modern building automation systems, and high-performance and environmentally sound materials. Its differentiators include the following innovations:

• It uses imported high-performance glass, which keeps out heat, cold and noise and helps reduce energy consumption.

• It has an automatic enthalpy system that uses temperature sensors and internal and external wind speed gauges to detect rain and the best weather conditions for “night cooling” the units. This system cools each unit, eliminating the need for air-conditioning the next morning and thus saving energy.

• It has VRF (variable refrigerant flow) air-conditioning. This system combines high performance and low power consumption, providing benefits such as the ability for each unit to switch the air-conditioning on and off whenever they want and control the temperature by zones (per 70 m² area), using a computer program.

• This is the only real estate venture in the region with elevators that use advance call and regenerative systems, which generates energy used for its own operations. This system employs the latest technology, allowing users to interact with the elevator and request it to take them to another floor in advance. The goal is to optimize vertical passenger traffic, saving time and energy.

translation by Alice Galeffi



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