he issue of sustainability has been addressed more seriously in recent years.

The need to evaluate buildings with respect to ecological impacts has led to the configuration of several certification methods and systems, such as LEED (Leardership in Energy Efficient Design) in the United States; BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) in the United Kingdom; AQUA-HQE (Haute Qualité Environnementale) in Brazil; CASBEE (Comprehensive Assessment System for Building Environmental Efficiency) in Japan; The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen (German Council for Sustainable Construction) in Germany; Hk Beam (Hong Kong Building Environmental Assessment Method) in China; Green Star in Australia, among others.

Besides the international certifications, Brazil also has implemented the PROCEL Edifica certificate, regarding energy consumption and the CASA AZUL certificate, that classifies social housing projects with a socio-environmental perspective, promoting the rational use of natural resources in buildings and improving the quality of housing.

ARCHITECTUS S/S has a vast experience in designing and managing projects in accordance with national and international certifications.

PROCEL Edifica consists of the expansion and organization of actions to encourage the conservation and efficient use of natural resources in buildings, determining benchmarks for verifying the level of energy efficiency in new buildings and renovations.

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AQUA-HQE is a French certification awarded to building construction and management as well as urban planning projects, promoting best practices, sustainable quality in building projects and offering an expert guidance throughout the lifetime of the project. The Brazilian version of this certificate is called AQUA (Alta Qualidade Ambiental meaning High Environmental Quality).

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