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Authorities of São Paulo, Brazil sign protocol to improve environmental performance

December 28, 2008

On the 16th of October, the São Paulo State Secretary of Environment, Xico Graziano, and Secretary of Housing, Lair Krähenbühl signed the Environmental Protocol for Sustainable Construction, which applies to the construction industry and real estate companies located in the State of São Paulo. The main goal of this document is to promote actions to harmonize the activities of the construction and urban development sectors as they relate to environmental preservation and quality of life in the region.

The protocol covers all phases of the construction process, including project design; construction methods relating to energy efficiency and water savings; and the production and use of consumables and destination of waste. The protocol also covers urban development issues.  For instance, it emphasizes preservation of flora, adequate systems of drainage and legal hiring practices.

Certificate of Good Conduct

Construction projects that abide to the demands of the protocol will receive a certificate of environmental good conduct in recognition of the adoption of sustainable practices.

Secretary Graziano declared “the terms of the protocol are like a prayer, since the concept of sustainable construction already exists. The final result will be the certificate we will emit”.  He believes the environmental hallmark will bring the protocol to reality.