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Galpagos Ecological Baltra Airport SeymourAirport

El Gobierno del Ecuador aprob la construccin de un aeropuerto ecolgico en las Islas


Galpagos en el 2011 para remplazar al antiguo aeropuerto en la Isla Baltra, justo al
norte de la Isla Santa Cruz, la ms poblada en el archipilago.

La construccin del aeropuerto ha sido diseada para minimizar el impacto en el terreno


y ecosistema de la isla; por esta razn la estructura del aeropuerto es trada desde el
continente y ensamblada en Baltra. El proyecto contar con energa solar y elica,
planta de desalinizacin y el aprovechamiento de la brisa marina para la reduccin del
uso del aire acondicionado. El Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y el Parque Nacional
Galpagos aprobaron el plan de manejo medioambiental y el estudio del impacto
ambiental.

Baltra es la entrada principal a las Islas Galpagos, uno de los parques nacionales ms
importantes del mundo, declarado patrimonio natural mundial por la UNESCO. Baltra
se enfrenta con la necesidad de recibir a miles de turistas pero bajo un estricto control
debido a la alta vulnerabilidad del medio ambiente. La mejor solucin: Una
construccin sustentable, con el fin de lograr las condiciones de comodidad adecuadas a
pasajeros locales e internacionales.
El nuevo aeropuerto ecolgico de Galpagos est diseado para ofrecer confort sin
descuidar los impactos ambientales asociados. Para ello incorpora una serie de diseos
pasivos complementarios y estrategias de bajo consumo de energa, incluyendo el
proceso de certificacin de nivel Oro del Consejo Americano de Construccin
Sustentable. El proyecto ubica el nuevo terminal a una distancia segura de la pista de
aterrizaje orientndola para capturar la brisa y evitar la incidencia directa del sol.
El edificio est situado en un ngulo de 45 grados de la pista y cumple adems con los
requisitos internacionales de seguridad. Esta ubicacin es ptima para brindar
proteccin solar y capturar el viento.
La distancia entre la terminal y la calle de rodaje ms la direccin predominante del
viento asegura que los humos de los motores de las aeronaves en movimiento o

estacionadas no entren al edificio. Tambin reduce el nivel de ruido percibido por los
pasajeros que estn dentro del aeropuerto.
Se utilizan conductos de aire enterrados con ventilacin forzada para enfriar los pocos
espacios donde el movimiento del aire natural no es posible lo que require un mnimo
consumo de energa, evitando el uso del aire acondicionado. El diseo de la terminal se
desarroll para aprovechar la luz del da, utilizando un modelo de estudios con un cielo
artificial y simulaciones numricas que abarcan todos los espacios internos mediante el
programa RADIANS.

Galpagos Ecological Baltra Airport SeymourAirport


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The Government of Ecuador approved the construction of an ecological airport in the
Galapagos Islands in 2011 to replace the old airport of Baltra Island, just in the north of
Santa Cruz Island, the most populous in the archipelago.

The construction of the airport has been designed to minimize the impact on the ground
and ecosystem of the island; for this reason the structure of the airport is brought from
Europe and assembled in Baltra. The project will have solar and wind power,
desalination plant and the use of the sea breeze to reduce the use of air conditioning.
The Ministry of Environment and the Galapagos National Park approved the
environmental management plan and environmental impact study.
Baltra is the main gateway to the Galapagos Islands, one of the most important national
parks in the world, declared world natural patrimony by UNESCO. Baltra is faced with
the need for thousands of tourists but under strict control because of the high
vulnerability of the environment. The best solution: A green building in order to achieve
comfort conditions appropriate to local and international passengers.
The new ecological Galapagos airport is designed to provide comfort without neglecting
the associated environmental impacts. For it incorporates a number of complementary
strategies passive designs and low power consumption, including the certification

process level American Gold Green Building Council. The new terminal project located
at a safe distance from the runway orienting to catch the breeze and avoid direct
sunlight.
The building is located at an angle of 45 degrees from the track and also complies with
international safety requirements. This location is optimal to provide sunscreen and
catch the wind.
The distance between the terminal and the taxiway plus the prevailing wind direction
ensures that the fumes from airplane engines in moving or parked not enter the building.
It also reduces the noise level perceived by the passengers who are inside the airport.
Air ducts buried with forced ventilation are used to cool the few places where natural air
movement is not possible so requires a minimum consumption of energy, avoiding the
use of air conditioning. The design of the terminal was developed to take advantage of
daylight, using a model of an artificial sky studies and numerical simulations covering
all internal spaces by RADIANS program.

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Ecological Airport Galapagos receives highest certification currently exists to recognize
sustainable construction.
The US Green Building Council - USGBC (Green Building Council US) awarded the
Gold LEED certification, making it the first in the world to obtain as complete
construction.
Corporacion America, international holding company, which conceived, built and
currently operates the airport of Baltra, received official communication, November 20,
2014, by the most important in the world in sustainable buildings organism.
Certification is granted by its design and construction, reflected in a new terminal that
optimizes the use of energy, lighting and water consumption; also by the use of
ecological and recycled materials.

That is, all strategies and environmental characteristics were assessed and
certified. Including they stand out:The recovery of affected areas and the
reforestation of endemic flora.

The reduction of energy consumption and the production of clean energy.


Adequate lighting and natural ventilation in all spaces.

The reduction of water consumption, treatment and reuse of water.


The reuse of more than 80% of material from the old airport.

One of the most important features is that the Ecological Airport Galapagos works
100% with renewable energy (solar and wind) generated 35% of photovoltaic panels
installed on the walkways of the terminal and the remaining 65%, for wind turbines
strategically located in the airport area.
It`s important to note, that this achievement in the airport sector and construction that
has taken place in an area as sensitive as that of the Galapagos Islands Natural
Patrimony Ecosystem adds.
"The LEED certification Baltra Seymour Airport demonstrates great leadership in
sustainable construction," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founder of USGBC
"The urgency of the Council's mission has challenged the industry to move faster and
reach more than before and Baltra Airport serves as an example of how far we can go."
Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO &Founder of USGBC.