BPS GROUP Headquarters

Kusha Ghoreishi
Guillermo Casado

Work team:
Ana Belén Pabón (Engineer)
Alejandro Sannicolo (Engineer)

Promoter: BPS Group.

Contractor: Paisajes del Sur SL

Consultants: Rafael Cintora (Ecologic materials) – Bonterra Ibérica (Botanics)

Photographs: Quark Arquitectura

Budget: 350.000€

Location: Peligros, Granada

Year: December 2011


The headquarters of the BPS business group is conceived as a building with almost zero energy consumption (nZEB), and the concept of health in workspaces is also relevant in this work. To do this, the passive strategies and the following active systems have been considereds:

  • Use of ecological materials of low environmental impact (cork insulation, waterproofing with EPDM, BTCs or compressed earth block, etc.)
  • Facades and vegetation cover as evolving elements that provide energy (insulation), acoustic, environmental and psychological comfort benefits for workers.
  • Ventilation system with heat enthalpic recuperators.
  • Recycling of gray water and recovery of rainwater for the irrigation of plant elements.
  • Biomass heat boiler as a heating system.

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Technical information

The purpose of the project was to convert an industrial building that houses offices in a building with an energy rating of type A. The original building had terrible insulation in floor, facade, dividing wall and roof. The owners sought to equip the work with a eco friendly philosophy in the use of materials and climate strategies.

The intention of the project has been to reduce the energy demand in air conditioning and lighting. There was special interest in making cover and plant facade to use them as a laboratory and support for their R + D activities.

The ability to transpire, the thermal inertia and the life cycle determined the choice of each material. The objective has been to build an efficient, healthy and recyclable building. It may be a bit paradoxical that in a concrete and sheet industrial landscape a project of these characteristics is executed, but the challenge of sustainable architecture has to reach all places, activities and social groups.

Different techniques and systems have been combined into a single architectural idea. Traditional architecture has been used to choose certain materials and bioclimatic strategies. But technology has also been used to make the facade, the vegetation cover and the heating and ventilation systems.

La capacidad de transpirar, la inercia térmica y el ciclo de vida determinaron la elección de cada material. El objetivo ha sido construir un edificio eficiente, sano y reciclable. Puede resultar un poco paradójico que en un paisaje industrial de hormigón y chapa se ejecute un proyecto de estas características, pero el reto de la arquitectura sostenible tiene que llegar a todos los lugares, actividades y grupos sociales.

Se han combinado distintas técnicas y sistemas en una sola idea de arquitectura. Se ha recurrido a la arquitectura tradicional para elegir ciertos materiales y estrategias bioclimáticas. Pero también se ha recurrido a la tecnología para ejecutar la fachada, la cubierta vegetal y los sistemas de calefacción y ventilación.

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