Support for Renewables & Energy Efficient Building in Brazil
The CAIXA Casa Azul Seal is the first rating system for sustainable residential building projects in Brazil. Casa Azul is intended to promote:
- The rational use of natural resources in the construction of housing projects
- Reduction in the cost of building maintenance and monthly expenses of residents
- The benefits of sustainable buildings amongst developers and residents
For more information on Casa Azul see the following links:
Programa Minha Casa Minha Vida (PMCMV)
Minha Casa Minha Vida is a federal government program managed by the Ministry of Cities and operated by CAIXA. It consists of land acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of buildings for use as housing developments. Apartments or houses are sold on completion to low-income families.
PMCMV was launched in March 2009, with the purpose of encouraging the production and purchase of one million new housing units. The target is currently 2 million new homes for families with a gross monthly income of up to R$ 5,000.00. Construction work is carried out by companies hired by CAIXA, which is responsible for the delivery of finished units. The programme provides a grant to cover the cost of solar thermal water heating systems. The cost of purchase and installation of solar thermal systems is limited to R$ 2,000.00 per unit.
PMCMV Related Links:
- PMCMV Website
- Full terms and conditions for solar thermal installation under the PMCMV (PDF)
- Solar thermal systems made in Brazil and approved by INMETRO (PDF)
- Minimum Specification, Apartment (PDF)
- Minimum Specification, House (PDF)
Solar Cities Initiative (Cidades Solares)
The Solar Cities Initiative aims to mobilize Brazilian society to take advantage of the environmental and social advantages of decentralized generation of energy, mainly solar heating. Solar Cities is an initiative of the Department of National Solar Heating ( DASOL), ABRAVA and Vitae Civilis (an environmental NGO).