Enel X’s energy efficiency revolutionises Chile’s property market
Innovative, fully-integrated and sustainable solutions make buildings in Santiago, Chile, more efficient
Published on 14 June 2018
When it comes to renewable energies, Chile is one of the most active countries in Latin American. Take, for example, the capital, Santiago, which by 2040 will be powered almost entirely by green sources, and the growing use of efficient solutions in sustainable building projects. Enel X has already exported its good practices in the field of energy efficiency to the South American country through Enel and Enel Generation Chile, a company controlled by the Group. Our Group is currently involved in the creation of various energy efficiency projects for buildings and apartment blocks in Santiago, Chile.
Leading players in Chile’s real estate sector have turned to Enel X’s expertise and eco-friendly solutions for their hybrid energy efficiency projects. In the specific case of the construction company Echeverría Izquierdo’s “My Place Building – Argomedo”, for example, the need to integrate hot water production without resorting to polluting energy sources found the perfect solution. Enel X was able to identify the best combination of energy and sustainability for the building, replacing old gas-fired systems with highly-efficient electric units that avoid the need for internal combustion systems, produce no local pollutants and pose no risk to residents. The project has integrated energy generation of 22.4 kWp by photovoltaic panels with aerothermal heat pumps that create savings of around 60% for the over 600 condominiums, compared to a conventional system.
The importance of this project, which has already been implemented for the client, is significant, given the substantial importance of energy in the current real estate market. Real estate companies are keen to take part in the culture of environmental sustainability and to conform to the legal requirements in order to obtain energy certification. By doing so, they are able to offer their clients solutions that are very different from the conventional systems, generating significant financial advantages and gaining a favourable competitive position.
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