Ufficio Arquitectura y Mobiliario has retrofit a former residential unit in the Bajio region of Mexico, converting the space into an office location. Ufficio is an authorized distributor of designer furniture, finishing materials and accessories.
Solar panels were installed to generate power for lighting and other electrical needs, with internal comfort increased through the installation of solar photovoltaics and ceiling fans. The remaining CO2 emissions will be offset to achieve EDGE Zero Carbon certification. The retrofit also included the installation of water-efficient plumbing fixtures and the reuse of walls and floor slab.
Special attention was paid to the preservation of vegetation on the property throughout the construction process.
Ufficio BJX has received EDGE Zero Carbon certification from GBCI.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reflective paint and tiles on the roof, energy-saving lighting in internal and external spaces, ceiling fans throughout the office, and a solar power system.
Low-flow faucets in bathrooms, dual flush water closets, and water-efficient kitchen sinks.
Reuse of existing walls and stone blocks for internal walls, and composite in-situ concrete and steel decks on the floor and roof.
*Part of the energy efficiency percentage may be associated with virtual energy for comfort depending on the presence of heating and cooling systems. Note that virtual energy does not contribute savings to utility bills.