We are proud to announce the Edificio Plaza Alemania in Montevideo, Uruguay has won the 2020 National Energy Efficiency Award in the ‘Buildings in Use Phase’ category.
Organized by the country’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (MIEM), the annual awards program recognizes institutions, organizations, and companies that have designed or developed projects that demonstrate a high level of energy efficiency through responsible and efficient use of energy resources, and reducing consumption but maintaining levels of production, comfort, safety and attention to daily needs.
The Edificio Plaza Alemania, a 13,390 m² Class A office building, was designed by Rafael Viñoly to meet the latest international standards for construction, fire safety, resiliency and environmental sustainability (to achieve LEED Gold certification), the building’s compact core, post-tensioned floor slab construction and efficient structural load distribution enable generous and flexible floor plate dimensions with full-height windows that bring in natural light. The facade’s fritted glass fins passively shade the floor-to-floor, low-e, triple-laminated unitized glazing panels to dramatically reduce energy consumption. The building also incorporates numerous energy efficient features, including photovoltaic solar generation, LED lighting, elevators with energy capture, charging stations for electric cars, gray water recycling, and energy recovery in the HVAC system.