Innovation can reduce estimated delivery times
· May 11, 2018 | EL Mundo Su Vivienda
Vía Célere's commitment to innovation over its ten years of life is starting to bear fruit. The firm will deliver the Célere Villaverde development five months ahead of schedule, located in the Madrid district of Villaverde Alto, south of the capital. The company has achieved this early delivery of homes, scheduled for next September, thanks to the application of methodologies such as Last Planner System (LPS) and innovations like Building Information Modelling (BIM) and industrialization.
According to company sources, "the Villaverde development is a success story within Vía Célere's innovation strategy, as it has led to a significant reduction in construction deadlines for the first time".
The LPS, or last planner system, is a way to streamline and improve the monitoring, coordination and execution of buildings. It is about eliminating unproductive processes to increase the efficiency, safety and quality of the project, reducing the uncertainty and variability of the building work execution.
At Vía Célere they point out that, "as is to be expected, at times, the management of different teams and companies can cause unexpected incidents to be detected, which can delay the deadlines. With systems such as the LPS, possible incidents or incompatibilities are detected early, making it easier to resolve them faster".
It is the first time that the company has used this methodology in a development, while the BIM, a virtual model that replicates the property, enabling the detection and correction of errors during the project and not the construction phase, has been applied since 2012 in all the company's ongoing developments.
"We want to lead the way towards a new, more efficient construction model, and promotions like this are proof of this; since, in addition to the reduction in construction deadlines, we have been able to exceed the standards of quality, safety and energy efficiency", said Miguel Pinto, Director of Strategy at Vía Célere.
In this sense, the Villaverde residential complex, as explained by the company, "is a nearly zero-energy building. This is achieved due to the fact that the building's energy demand is less than 20 kW/h per square metre per year, according to the provisions of the Madrid City Council Agreement dated 25th May 2016".
Furthermore, "the development has geothermal energy, a system that uses energy stored in the form of heat under the Earth's surface".
In addition, Célere Villaverde "has an A energy rating, representing an estimated energy saving of 89%, reducing CO2 emissions and a significant reduction in the building's energy demand (heating, cooling and domestic hot water).
This rating leads to economic savings equivalent to around €800 per year, taking as a reference a home with an F energy rating", they explained at the real estate firm.
The Célere Villaverde residential complex, located on San Jenaro street, near to the Puente de Alcocer train station, contains 98 homes distributed across four main entrances with five floors plus penthouse.
The flats and penthouses consist of two, three and four bedrooms, while the ground-floor homes have two and three bedrooms and large terraces. It is a closed development with access control with concierge. "It has common areas designed to enjoy leisure and sports without leaving home, making the absolute most of your free time in an environment created for everyday life. It has an adult pool, playground, children's playroom, study room, sports court, toilets, fully equipped gym and social-gourmet room" said the company.
The average price of the homes in the development is €227,000, with garage parking space and storage room included.
Since Vía Célere was created in 2007, the company's management team has delivered more than 2,300 homes.
According to those responsible for the areas of Business, Operations and Corporate and Urban Planning, the company has more than 1.4 million square metres of land to develop 12,200 homes.
They currently have 25 promotions for sale. By 2018, the company wants to develop 3,000 homes in total, in different phases.
Last year, Via Célere invested €227 million in the purchase of land. Barcelona, La Coruña and Ibiza were some of the locations where the company made those purchases.