Monterrey shows a backlog of sustainable properties

Monterrey remained behind in terms of sustainable real estate developments in relation to Mexico City and the metropolitan area of ​​Guadalajara, given that only 10 percent of the buildings that have been built in recent years are sustainable, said Javier Llaca, director of operations and acquisitions of Fibra Monterrey.

"Class A offices, less than 10 percent of buildings have some type of sustainability certification," he added.

After participating in a panel on building and sustainable urban infrastructure, the director said that the LEED certification covers all aspects of the operation of the building from how to dispose of the land at the time it is excavated, what is to be done, where is it going to Download until what type of materials will be used for its construction and that has a passive design suitable for the equipment that allows it to be sustainable.

The director said that sadly Monterrey and its metropolitan area were left behind with respect to Mexico City and Guadalajara.

"I think that on the subject of sustainability, at least in Monterrey offices, it is lagging behind in relation to Mexico City and Guadalajara. The city of Guadalajara is a young market in offices, which facilitates a higher percentage of buildings, but a curious fact is that the The first building that obtained a LEED certification is located in Tijuana. "

In an interview, the manager considered that it is necessary to design an incentive plan in order to promote sustainable real estate developments.

It can be the property tax itself; but beyond this, if the developers are supported with aspects such as instead of investing in a parking drawer, that money is channeled into an adequate public transport, that is, it does not have to be the incentive a fiscal saving for the developer, but incentives to work together in order to generate better infrastructure in the area and that this property has greater added value for the infrastructure itself.

He also mentioned that the government really does its job of facilitating the mobility and efficiency of the operation of the people who work in those buildings.

At the same time, Javier Lomelín Anaya, general director of Colliers International, commented that there is no need for more regulations.

"However, I believe that the regulations help and it is convenient, but it goes more for the responsibility of the business community and the developers, as well as the value chain so that the buildings are really sustainable".

The speakers participated in a panel organized by Sustainability for Mexico (SUMe) and the Mexican Association of Intelligent and Sustainable Building AC (IMEI).

Source: El Financiero / Esther Herrera / September 21, 2018.