The first sustainable neighborhood of Rio Grande do Sul should begin to be built in Pelotas, in the south of the state, later this year. The idea is to create a community of 10,000 inhabitants, where everything can be done on foot or by bicycle and where the buildings use the concept of green architecture.
With an initial investment of R $ 40 million and named Qu artier , the neighborhood will consist of 3 thousand housing units. The buildings must have, on the ground floor, commercial stores. Also planned are a street mall, a luxury hotel and a grass-covered stage for outdoor shows.
The neighborhood will be the first in the state to be certified by the US Green Building Council through the “Leed for Neighborhood Development” seal, which proves sustainability.
The title is granted only if the enterprise complies with a series of determinations such as having a good location, prioritizing alternative transport, preserving nature, having buildings with reduced water and energy consumption, being a mixture of residences, commerce and services where everything can be Done on foot, and fostering local progress.
So far, the only building in Rio Grande do Sul to have this seal is the SAP development and support center in São Leopoldo in the metropolitan region.
The price of each apartment or commercial area has not yet been defined. The Quartier neighborhood is expected to begin receiving earthworks and electrical installations by the end of this year and will be fully operational within ten years.
The project provides for the installation of solar panels on the roof of buildings or a wind power station. In addition, each building will have a reservoir for rainwater.
A mesh of pet bottles installed between the inner wall of the apartments and the facade of the building will keep the temperature warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
The project is signed by the Jaime Lerner Arquitetos Associados office, responsible for part of the revitalization project of the Porto dock in Porto Alegre and the urbanization is the responsibility of Joal Teitelbaum Engineering Office.
Joal Teitelbaum Engineering Office was founded in 1961 and operates in the management and administration of residential and commercial developments. Since 2007 he is a member of the US Green Building Council and the Green Building Council Brazil.
According to the company, Pelotas was chosen to host the neighborhood because of the expansion of the Rio Grande naval pole, among other factors.
The city goes through moments of expansion. According to Zero Hora, between 2002 and 2012 the valuation of Pelotenses real estate was vertiginosa. In 2002, a property considered as medium / high standard cost, on average, R $ 150 thousand. Ten years later, it was valued at around R $ 450 thousand. In real estate with a lower standard, the difference is even greater: from R $ 30,000 in 2002 to R $ 150,000 in 2012..
In December of 2013 the first commercial center of Pelotas was opened. In April, Rio Grande also started to have a mall. The two shopping centers came behind the income generated by the shipbuilding companies.
Only Engevix, which works for Petrobras, has created 8,000 direct and indirect jobs in the region. For the time being, the investments did not show signs of cooling. From January to June, according to Dieese, 4,000 vacancies were opened in the city.