Sustainable Buildings in Brazil: Guidelines for Architectural Projects

A. J. O. Sá and A. G. Gumieri

Department of Materials Engineering and Construction, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.


The analysis of the main methods for environmental assessment of buildings showed that there is variation from one country to another, due to practical and constructive project, climate and regulations, but all share the goal of obtaining a higher level of environmental performance in the building. The project’s architectural design and the built environment gained prominence as to the sustainability of buildings. The building industry with a focus on sustainability study the entire life cycle of the building, dealing with all steps related to the final product. There are initiates of suitable certifications process in Brazil. Green Building Council Brazil is adaptable to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). This paper emphasizes the stages of design and planning, aiming to establish the guidelines for the development of architectural projects in search of working more sustainable contribution to reducing environmental impacts in Brazil. Designs and plannings should present solutions considering particular local environment conditions. Thus, there is not only one standard for sustainable architecture. Methodologies applicable in the others countries are reference to elaboration of an own methodology to Brazil.

Keywords: Sustainability, Developing countries, Building industry, Guidelines, Architectural project, Life cycle, Certifications.

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