New terminal for Mexico’s Guadalajara

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Mexico’s Guadalajara airport is aiming to become carbon net-zero with the design of its new Terminal 2. The facility is to be designed by architecture firm CallisonRTKL.

CRTKL says the terminal will be planned with passenger comfort at its core, for example through ensuring there are multiple access points and interior spaces that feature plenty of natural light. To reach its goal of net-zero, it says multiple environmental strategies have been put in place throughout the airport to reduce energy use by 60% and the carbon footprint by 90%.

CRTKL’s proposed terminal would emit 2,814 tons of CO2 each year, which the airport says is much less than a traditional medium-sized terminal. It claims that, for example, through the use of improved daylighting, insulation, glare control, shading, natural ventilation combined with economizer cooling, high-performance mechanical systems and building management systems, the overall energy consumption can be minimized.

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