Agroparc Penedès in Gelida and Sant Llorenç d’Hortons
The term “sustainable” has been worn out before it could be rigorously put into practice for a long time and in a significant space. According to Joaquín Araujo, sustainable things would be an attempt to insert our activities into an open process that recognises origins and does not destroy unseen places. At Batlleiroig, we began to carry out the concept of “logical sustainability” to explain how we tested this out in each project, from the specific innovation necessary to the concrete solutions that could be useful to achieve this objective. And given our passion for agriculture, we decided to cultivate innovation. If in the Garraf region we learned how to cultivate the recovery of biodiversity, at the Viladecans Style Outlet we cultivated rainwater; at the Central Park in Sant Cugat, we did it by reducing the temperature; at Vallmora Park, with insects; at the Stradivarius headquarters, via biophilia; and in many buildings currently under construction via the use of wood.
Design landscapes that are self-managed and do not require maintenance actions with an excessive carbon footprint. We must optimise the use and management of available resources to reduce emissions and improve resilience to the effects of climate change. Batlleiroig bases its projects on a thorough understanding of the place to enhance its values and to be able to get rid of all the extras and anything that is superfluous.
The design of a city that tends towards zero emissions must begin with urban planning itself, with strategies based on the use of the natural characteristics of the place, the design of the urban space and regulations that promote the introduction of energy efficiency criteria throughout the city. The measures that urban planning can introduce due to its essentially passive nature are certainly those that can have a greater impact on improving the energy efficiency of the places we inhabit.
By working via passive strategies, buildings can significantly reduce their energy demand. The proper design of the buildings, adjusting the treatment of the facades according to orientation with correct solar protections, and with adequate thermal insulation and incorporating natural ventilation allows us to improve the requirements of the various regulations – CTE, EPBD, PASSIVHAUS – and thus move closer to achieving the nZEB criteria.