October 2019

  • This ambitious development is one of the first apartment buildings to be awarded a Class A energy efficiency rating
  • Since the design stage, the project has been shaped using an industrialised construction system that would allow for an energy conservation of more than 35% in homes

At a time when the global warming crisis is at the forefront of people’s minds and has become a global issue, it is even more important to consider the future of the planet and adapt, in any context, to the new direction of sustainability. Conscious of this, Wilma Sierra Blanca, the German-Dutch developer based in Marbella, is making a breakthrough with her first project here in Spain, The View Marbella, which has been designed within the parameters of sustainable construction from the outset. The result is a property development of luxury apartments with the highest energy rating within the certification scale: the blocks that make up the first part of the complex have an A rating, which certifies their low CO2 emission due to the use of renewable energy sources and fuels. In this way, luxury development leads the way in energy efficiency for sustainable projects on the Costa del Sol.

“We can and we should be able to promote efficient and environmentally responsible developments without forfeiting the quality and comfort of a luxury home”, stated Simon Boxus.

Luxury design and sustainability

“We can and we should be able to promote efficient and environmentally responsible developments without forfeiting the quality and comfort of a luxury home”, stated Simon Boxus, Marketing Director of Wilma Sierra Blanca. The View Marbella is a perfect example that quality, luxury and design do not have to compromise sustainability and protecting the environment.

This is a well-known fact in the architecture studio of Teodoro Cabrilla, and is why they were chosen to create this project. “The homes are arranged so that each of the rooms is oriented to take full advantage of the solar orientation, and the location of the homes within each block is also a direct result of this. The apartments have consequently adopted an open fan shape, favouring the use of natural light in every home in the development,” says Teodoro Cabrilla. Complementary to the layout, the design of the outdoor spaces has been designed as not to exceed recommended levels, avoiding light pollution.

Installations and renewable energy

The construction system Sismo Building Technology Spain was included in the design of The View Marbella. This system, together with the proposed solution for exterior carpentry, provides a perfect enclosure for the building. Its construction panels have a layer of interior and exterior insulation that allows for the ideal temperature to be maintained all year round, while reducing energy consumption by 35%.

The use of renewable energy and renewable fixtures is another factor that contributed to the achievement of a class A energy certificate. The employment of solar panels and aerothermal energy both contributed the keeping the carbon footprint of the development to a minimum. Aerothermal energy consists of an integral system that supplies heating, air conditioning and domestic hot water, from a clean technology that extracts up to 77% of energy from the air.

Investing in Sustainability

For Wilma Sierra Blanca, building sustainably is a winning bet for the future and should be focused on as an investment that will minimize environmental impact and reduce costs in the long term. The View Marbella is a declaration of intent that responds to the demands of the public who are increasingly conscious of eco-construction. According to the Berlin conference in 2015, the countries with the most concern about bio-sustainability are Belgium, Holland and Switzerland, among others, and it is no coincidence that the majority of buyers for this development come from these countries.