Terminal 2 (T2) of the Guadalajara International Airport, which is being built as part of the 2020-2026 investment plan, will be the first in Latin America, in its scale and type, to have NetZero international certification, which is granted to new buildings that generate zero carbon emissions and whose net energy demand is by harnessing solar and wind energy for its production.
The first thing is to start with a bioclimatic architecture, a high efficiency architecture, particularly the envelope; what it wants to achieve maximum energy performance from the point of view of the passive elements; the facade, the roof, the glazing. In addition to the optimal design from the point of view of architecture and materiality, high efficiency equipment, air conditioning, lighting, service and security solutions are required.
It will be equiped with the renewable energy systems required to neutralize the minimum demand achieved in the project and, finally, quantify the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the materials and operating energy, and all this energy and carbon quantification is certifiable when, in 12 months, it can reach absolute zero.
According to the airport's director, Martín Pablo Zazueta, the investment in Plan Guadalajara amounts to 15,000 million pesos at 2019 values, which will be updated during the execution period of the works. The Guadalajara Plan consists of two phases; the first, which will conclude in 2024, consists of finishing the second runway and remodeling the current terminal, and the second, which will conclude in 2026 with the second terminal building and its respective platforms.