An energy saving first for Brazil

Nick Myall
Thursday 05 May 2016

Triptyque Architecture brings innovation to Brazil by creating the country’s first sustainable corporate building based on positive energy concepts

Triptyque Architecture, a Franco-Brazilian architecture agency dedicated to sustainable design, has built the first commercial building based on the positive energy concepts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This unique project combines daring design with sustainable development and innovative technologies.

RB12 has contributed to the urban revitalisation of downtown Rio de Janeiro, via a project called Porto Maravilha. An area of five million sq m has been processed to improve the living conditions of inhabitants and protect the area’s heritage.

Located in Rio Branco Avenue, within the business and economic centre of Rio de Janeiro, RB12 embodies an innovative new concept of sustainable development based on energy production.

It follows the global trend for green-refurbishment which adapts and upgrades old buildings in order to align them with sustainable development criteria. The technology in use on the site has been set up for the first time and allows for the optimal management of water consumption and natural light improving the well-being of the building’s residents

RB12 has a bioclimatic façade, featuring a set of windows that plays with light and is the first commercial building in Brazil to use photovoltaic panels for its own electricity production. The building anticipates a Brazilian law change which currently does not allow power auto-production apart from via solar panels.

The suspended gardens on the terraces assist building cooling and the thermal control of interior areas. All these architectural high-end technologies assist with the reduction of energy consumption and increase savings for owners.

Natekko, the French market leader in sustainable construction, is the creator of this new concept of office building. 


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