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SUMAC Sustainability Certificate

A Latin American sustainability certificate alternative for your building

SUMAC Sustainability Certificate (CSS)

The SUMAC Sustainability Certificate (or CSS, for its initials in Spanish) is a green building certification system launched by SUMAC based on sustainable guidelines for Latin American markets.
Created by SUMAC, the strategies used reflect local needs, possibilities, realities, and budgets.

CSS History


Given SUMAC’s extensive experience in the Latin American market, we realized that many of the available green building certifications were not always targeted or able to be applied to our Latin American realities. As a result of this awakening, in SUMAC, we decided to develop the “SUMAC Sustainability Certificate” (Certificado Sustentable SUMAC, CSS in Spanish). The CSS encapsulates the common denominators of the most solicited green building certifications at a local level that encourage energy savings, sustainable construction practices, as well as access to special lines of credit for developers and buyers.
With CSS SUMAC aims to build sustainability for everyone.

in the local market

CSS serves as a differentiator for developers to highlight advantages when compared to others. 

It generates tangible economic savings for users

By using CSS, you can obtain considerable money savings, thanks to the reduction in water and electricity consumption and access to special financing options.

for investors

CSS benefits investors by taking advantage of incentives offered by local governments and banks to promote sustainable construction.

CSS is applicable to

Comercial Projects

A sustainable commercial space has the benefit, apart from savings in energy and water consumption, a higher level of customer permanence, due to improvements in internal comfort, which results in higher sales. Commercial projects such as offices, retail, indoor commercials, restaurants and shopping centers are the ones that fit for the application of the SUMAC Sustainable Certificate for commercials.

CSS is applicable to

Residential Projects

Residential projects that seek to differentiate themselves from the market may choose to make sustainability a marketing tool that will accelerate their occupancy due to the savings benefits that are passed on to the end user. For all types of residence, family, multi-family and / or high density, the SUMAC Sustainable Certificate for residence is applicable.

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CSS is applicable to

Industrial Projects

Given the high consumption of resources in the operation of industrial plants, savings in energy and water consumption are of primary interest to them. Likewise, these plants generate a quantity of waste that can be used on site or in other places. For this type of buildings there is the SUMAC Sustainable Certificate for industries.

Categories of the SUMAC Sustainability Certificate

Energy CSS

Energy Optimization

The objective is to achieve a reduction in the load of interior lighting per international standards. The spaces where the investor has decision-making power are taken into account and improvements are considered for the final customer within the plan.

Water CSS

Hydro Sustainability

Optimized reduction of water consumption through sanitary equipment efficient landscaping and detailed measurement of consumption.

Sustainable Environment CSS

Sustainable Environment

Parameters associated with location, protection of biodiversity, among others, are taken into account.

Interior Confort CSS

Interior Comfort

Ensure that the minimum performance of the air quality is executed during the construction and completion of the project.

Audit CSS

Project Audit

  1. The designs of the specialties of the projects are correctly developed based on the mandatory and optional sustainable strategies promoted by it.
  2. Check that everything developed in the specialties has been effectively implemented in the construction work.
  3. Check that all building systems operate according to the technical specifications established and planned in the design stage.

Certification levels


Level A+

70-100 Points


Level A

50-69 Points


Level B

40-49 Points


Level C

30-39 Points

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