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Ferrovial - Integrated annual report 2013 / Green construction. Bioclimatic buildings

Over the last three years, Ferrovial group companies have constructed more than 98,000 m2 of buildings and over 142,000 m2 of urban developments as part of its bioclimatic projects.

Of the 11 buildings constructed using these criteria, 2 have been granted BREEAM certification and 8 have been certified according to the LEED tool (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, and one with the Spanish “Verde” (Green) tool. These three certification systems combine a set of tools designed to measure, evaluate and adapt the sustainability levels of buildings, at the design, construction and maintenance stages.

Since 2009 Ferrovial has been an active member of the Green Building Council’s regional Spanish chapter, working with the institution and the international World GBC on projects such as activating urban restoration pursuant to energy efficiency requirements or promoting “Green” and LEED credentials.

The following table shows the details of the projects with sustainability certification in which Ferrovial Agroman has taken part over the last three years:


Project Area Certification
Repsol Venturada Madrid Civil Works Div. BREEAM
New Building ICTA-ICP Catalonia Div. LEED
3M Customer Center Madrid Building Div. LEED
DPC BBVA Tres Cantos Adaptation Madrid Building Div. LEED
Av. Castellana building adaptation Madrid Building Div. LEED 
DPC Alcala JV Madrid Building Div. LEED 
New Banco Popular Head Office develpt. Madrid Civil Works Div. LEED 
Repsol Alberto Aguilera Madrid Civil Works Div. BREEAM 
Coca-Cola headquts. Madrid Building Div. LEED 
Preparation IMDEA lot Móstoles Madrid Civil Works Div. LEED 
Environmental Resources Center in Valladolid Castile-Leon Div. VERDE (GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL ESPAÑA)

Case study

T2A Heathrow

The new Terminal 2 in Heathrow was designed following strict sustainability criteria with the aim of becoming a benchmark at a global level.

The target was set to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% compared with the previous building. The sustainability criteria were applied from the design stage.

Quality of the materials:

  • Maximize the use of natural materials in finishes.
  • Maximize the use of certified FSC wood (controlled felling).
  • Maximize the specification of materials with a low VOC content (emission of harmful volatile organic compounds).
  • Maximize the use of local resources.
  • Maximize selection of coolants and materials that do not damage the ozone layer and have a greenhouse gas effect of below five.
  • Minimize the specification of materials containing PVC.

Construction phase:

100% of the demolition materials from the old Terminal 2 and adjacent building (Queen’s Building) have been recycled to contribute to the sustainable building plan.

The new Terminal 2 is being subject to the building’s sustainability certification (BREEAM). The highest quality standards have been achieved in the construction process, raising the rate of separation of waste from 33% in February 2012 to 70% in November 2012, and reducing carbon dioxide emissions from 3 metric tons to 1.61 metric tons for each 100,000 pounds of revenue.

  • Prefabrication and standardization of structural elements.
  • Maximizing the use of recycled construction materials for filling.
  • Waste separation.
  • Special care with protected species during demolition (bats and blackbirds).

Final installations:

  • Development of an energy-efficient center, supplied by renewable energy, where air conditioning will be regulated.
  • The roof design of the terminal, in undulating waves with north-facing skylights, captures maximum natural light to reduce artificial lighting.
  • Recharging stations for electric vehicles.
  • Conventional air diffusion system, with control of infiltration and free cooling.
  • Low-cost engines and IT equipment.
  • Centralized building management system.