Case of the month - Belo Horizonte

NOVEMBER 2013
GREEN BUILDING POLICIES - INTERNATIONAL CASES






Policy  

Belo Horizonte Environmental Sustainability Certification

City
Belo Horizonte
Promotor
Implemented by the Environmental Municipal Council and the Environmental Municipal Secretariat, and recently supported by the Municipal Executive Committee of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Municipal Committee on Climate Change and Eco-efficiency.
Establishment   

Adopted in 2009 through a normative resolution proposed by the Environmental Municipal Council and reinforced by an ordinance released in 2012 by the Environmental Municipal Secretariat, which regulates the entire program.

Territorial scope
Belo Horizonte metropolitan area



Target buildings  



Owner

 Type

 Function

Public buildings

 New buildings    
 Residential

Private buildings
 Existing buildings
 Industrial, services, etc.

Main targets




 
  • Achieve the goals set in the Belo Horizonte Strategic Planning for 2030 of 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Reduce the environmental impacts of the construction projects by reducing the consumption of water and energy, the proper management of solid waste and reduce direct emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs);
  • Contribute to the improvement of environmental conditions in the city, especially with regard to the well-being of society, and the sustainability of natural resources and air quality.
Summary
 
   

The launch of the Belo Horizonte Environmental Sustainability Certification was an important milestone in the implementation of the municipal environmental policies and measures, especially focused on the combat of the climate change effects and demonstrating the promising role that the construction industry can achieve through the adoption of sustainable construction processes and practices.

Through the recognition of the Environmental Sustainability Certification Program, the Belo Horizonte Municipality will award all the public and private enterprises, residential and commercial condominiums and/or industries that adopt measures to contribute to the reduction of water consumption, energy, direct emissions of greenhouse gases and the reduction/recycling of solid wastes.

In this way, Belo Horizonte is getting ready to meet the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, contributing effectively to the national and local policies of climate change struggle with the development of a low carbon economy.

 

Certification development context

The discussions around climate change and environmental sustainability policies in Belo Horizonte began in 2006 with the establishment of the Municipal Committee on Climate Change and Eco-efficiency (CMMCE), with representatives of several bodies of the State and Municipal Administration, Municipal Council Chamber, private enterprises, universities and non-governmental organizations.

The involvement of the Belo Horizonte municipality in distinctive initiatives in the area of sustainability, such as the production of the Handbook of Sustainable Building Policy prepared in conjunction with ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainable) and the construction of the Belo Horizonte Strategic Planning for 2030, culminated in the establishment of the Environmental Sustainability Certification Program.

This certification stamp is one of the most important steps for the implementation of the World Cup 2014 games, and its continuity after the events will have a positive impact on Belo Horizonte urban environment. The support of the Municipal Executive Committee of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Municipal Committee on Climate Change and Eco-efficiency endorsed the sustainability stringent targets stipulated by the municipal government of Belo Horizonte, recognizing and granted the environmental and energy efficiency standards on all new and existing building developments.

On the path to a greener 2014 World Cup, Belo Horizonte’s Program for Environmental Sustainability Certi?cation aims to enhance actions in the construction sector to prevent and mitigate negative environmental impacts by awarding bronze, silver and gold certi?cations. To this end, the program de?nes four areas of environmental sustainability in which the certi?cation process focuses on: water, waste, energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Certification procedures and operation

The new certi?cation process, established in 2009, is designed for the assessment of residential condominiums and commercial and/or industrial, as well as many other building types. The Certificate Program in Environmental Sustainability reflects the recognition and confirmation of measures/proposals to contribute to the reduction of water, energy, direct emissions of greenhouse gases and the reduction / recycling of solid waste.

Joining the program is done on a voluntary and consensual basis through an assessment system of environmental sustainability provided by the Environmental Municipal Secretariat. The certified buildings will receive the Gold, Silver or Bronze stamps according to the project scope and measures adopted in each respective dimension – water, energy, greenhouse gases or solid waste.

Although the minimum levels established for the certification in each thematic area were not reached, a Certificate of Good Environmental Practices will also be awarded for those buildings that adopted efficient sustainability measures.

 

A new way of managing the urban environment of Belo Horizonte will be established with this program by encouraging the implementation of sustainable environmental projects and introducing sustainable construction practices.




Link

http://cesa.pbh.gov.br/scsae/informativo.smma?method=abrirOquee