Morgan & Morgan realiza gira verde para miembros del Panama Green Building Council

Morgan & Morgan recibió la visita de un grupo de profesionales, todos miembros del Panama Green Building Council (PGBC), quienes disfrutaron de una gira verde por el MMG Tower. El PGBC, del cual Morgan & Morgan es miembro, es un organismo sin fines de lucro que se dedica a promover la construcción verde y la sostenibilidad en el país.  Anualmente hacen invitaciones a miembros del organismo y de la comunidad a participar de distintos eventos entre los cuales están estas giras verdes, donde los interesados visitan proyectos exitosos en Panamá que cuentan con certificaciones LEED.

 Durante la gira, el grupo tuvo la oportunidad de conocer:

  •  Torre de enfriamiento en el Piso 9.
  • Piso 16 -actualmente vacío- para explicar las bondades del sistema de vidrios, funcionamiento del aire acondicionado y la construcción de acero, entre otros aspectos.
  • Visita al Piso 23, actualmente certificado por sus interiores Leed Gold, e igualmente visualización del sistema de iluminación de ahorro energético y distribución de espacios, etc.
  • Visita a la Terraza del Piso 26 para explicar los aspectos del techo verde, tanques de recolección de agua de lluvia y reducción del efecto invernadero.

 La actividad duró alrededor de dos horas y vinieron más de 12 personas. Esta es la primera de la muchas giras verdes que tendremos en nuestro edificio, uno de los primeros edificios sostenibles de Panamá con certificación LEED.

Interiores del MMG Tower reciben certificaciones LEED

We are pleased to inform that the MMG Bank offices  (located in the lobby of the building) and the Maritime Unit (23rd Floor) received their LEED certification LEED Silver and Gold, respectively. Both certifications are based on credits earned by design and construction, with scores that were above those originally estimated in this type of accreditation.

LEED is a certification system for sustainable buildings, developed by the United States Green Building Council.  It consists of a set of rules on the use of strategies for sustainability in buildings of all types, based on aspects related to energy efficiency, use of alternative energy, improved indoor environmental quality, efficiency in water consumption, sustainable development of open spaces and selection of materials.

It is our honor to have these distinctions that demonstrate Morgan & Morgan’s commitment to environmental sustainability. It is important to point out that MMG Tower is one of the first green buildings in Panama to receive this certification, thus placing it among a select group worldwide.

Morgan & Morgan Group received the Real Estate Grand Master award with its Project MMG Tower

We are proud to share with you that our MMG Tower received the Real Estate Grand Master award, the highest recognition granted by ACOBIR (Panamanian Association of Real Estate Brokers and Developers) and FIABCI (International Federation of Professional Real Estate firms) on its first edition of the “Panama Real Estate Master 2014” awards.  This achievement opens the door to MMG Tower to participate in an international real estate competition to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 2015.  In addition, MMG Tower also received “Best Project” in the green category.

The goal of the Real Estate Master Panama 2014 awards, backed internationally by FIABCI, consist of acknowledging, architectural works built in Panama, thus distinguishing the efforts of developers and builders who stand out for their excellence in achieving a fusion of design, construction, operation and purpose in their projects.

The task of selecting the awards was carried out by a jury composed of qualified real estate professionals, who had the difficult task of evaluating and rating each of the nominated projects using the given criteria.

Congratulations to the entire MMG Tower team that helped achieved this recognition, that makes MMG Tower one of the most unique, iconic and eco-friendly building in Latin America.

M & M Corporate Social Responsibility Progress Report 2011-2012 to the U.N. Forum

The Morgan & Morgan Group submitted before the United Nations Forum, the Corporate Social Responsibility Progress Report 2011 -2012.  The Report reflects the Group’s strategy and implementation of sustainable corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices, channeled along four major axes: The Community Legal Assistance Foundation (Fundalcom), the pro bono practice, the Eduardo Morgan Foundation (Fundamorgan), and the new MMG Tower. It is worth noting our Corporate Wellbeing Program, which seeks to improve the quality of the working life of its employees.

Once again the Morgan & Morgan Group reaffirm its dedicated management to all areas related to Corporate Social Responsibility as stated in the 10 Principles, pillars of the Global Compact Network.

Please download the file to read the full report (in Spanish only)

Green Buildings

Ing. Juan Felipe De la Iglesia, In charge of the MMGTower Project, future headquarters of the Morgan & Morgan Group 

January 10, 2013

If there is something that we can say for sure is that in the last years there has been an exponential increase in the use of terms such as, global warming, sustainable growth, environmentalism, power efficiency, etc. 

This is a worldwide phenomenon. But it was not until recently that a definition was included in the dictionary of theSpanishRoyalAcademyfor the word environmentalist. In a world of limited natural resources, the concept of sustainable growth is showing up in the agenda of private and public companies around the world. You can feel the “green” movement is a huge wave. Within such movement, there is the possibility of occupying work, living, public and social spaces to reduce the harm to the environment and its inhabitants, from design, to construction and operation. 

These buildings are known as green buildings. In countries such as Panama, buildings contribute more than 50% of the greenhouse gas emissions. 

To guarantee that green buildings comply with specific development regulations, there are several international certifications that can be obtained. 

InAustralia, the certification is called Green Star; inEurope, the Breeam (Building Research Establishment´s Environmental Assessment Method). These are international norms and may be obtained by any country provided that it complies with the parameters they establish. InPanama, the most common one is Leed and to this date, there is only one building so certified: the Embassy of theUnited States. There are over 20 projects in the process of being certified. 

In the past 2 years, I have had the opportunity of participating in the development of an important green building. A building whose water consumption, power efficiency, clean construction methods and health of end users have been seriously considered from the start of the design and will continue to be important until its operation. This is required by the certification level given to the project (Leed Gold) where a rigorous process of documentation, inspection and functioning of the building is followed. 

I haven’t the slightest doubt that a building certified as green is more energy efficient, less polluting during construction, and provides better work/living spaces to its users. Soon, the market, consumers and others will be demanding green buildings. 

Other countries offer real long term tax, market and economic incentives, for the development of a green building.Panama, with all its skyscrapers, is just at the gate of this movement. Benefits can barely be savored. Local professionals need to prepare to face and take advantage of this movement, thus contributing to a sustainable national development.