As an integral part of the Centro Canalejas Madrid project, Galería Canalejas has embraced the sustainable construction strategy adopted by OHLA (ohla-group.com). This commitment to sustainability sought to pursue the internationally recognised energy rating reflected by LEED certification, as well as the LEED Gold certification.
Developed by the US Green Building Council, LEED® certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green and sustainable building evaluation method that considers the implementation of strategies aimed at achieving sustainability, such as energy efficiency, the use of alternative energies, improved indoor environmental quality (geothermal), water consumption efficiency, the sustainable development of free space on the land, the treatment of waste water and the use of local materials to reduce the carbon footprint.
The LEED® sustainable building classification system is a voluntary environmental certification and assessment system based on criteria for developing highly efficient sustainable buildings. From among the various certification models provided by LEED, Galería Canalejas has followed LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations (LEED-NC), which is adapted to new-build or major renovation projects.
This system offers a comprehensive framework for the assessment of building efficiency. To do so, it considers the application of sustainability criteria both while the building architecture and technical installations were being designed and during the subsequent construction, opening and use of the building.
This certification seeks to advance the use of strategies that lead to a global improvement in the environmental impact from the construction industry.