Sede de EBAIS de La Ribera de Belén

Sede de EBAIS de La Ribera de Belén

The Costa Rican Social Security Fund (Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social – CCSS) is the public institution in charge of social security in Costa Rica with the goal of providing health and social protection services to the population. Recognizing the positive impact of green building on the environment and the well-being of communities, the fund is leading the construction of green public hospitals in Costa Rica.

Sede de EBAIS de La Ribera de Belén, one of CCSS’ green hospitals, is a provider of basic health services to a population of 9,500 individuals in La Ribera. The hospital facility offers services ranging from primary care consultations and treatments to laboratory and nursing operations.

The building incorporates occupancy sensors, rainwater harvesting systems and natural ventilation. Solar photovoltaics will provide 25 percent of total energy demand, enough to generate daily energy needs for lighting. As a result, Sede de EBAIS de La Ribera de Belén is expected to realize estimated utility cost savings of 788,887 colones (US$1,396) per month.

Sede de EBAIS de La Ribera de Belén has received final EDGE certification from the Green Building Council Costa Rica.

Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification


Energy Savings*


Water Savings


Less Embodied Energy in Materials

*Part of the energy efficiency percentage may be associated with virtual energy for comfort depending on the presence of heating and cooling systems. Note that virtual energy does not contribute savings to utility bills.

Technical Solutions


Reduced window to wall ratio, reflective paint for external walls, insulation of roof and external walls, natural ventilation for corridors, variable refrigerant volume cooling system, energy-saving lighting systems, occupancy sensors in bathrooms, and solar photovoltaics.


Low-flow faucets in kitchens and bathrooms, single-flush and flush valves for water closets, water-efficient urinals, water-efficient landscaping, and a rainwater harvesting system.


Steel sheets on steel rafters for roof construction, medium weight hollow concrete blocks for internal and external walls, and finished concrete flooring.


La Rivera, San Antonio de Belén Belén, Heredia 40702, Costa Rica


Final EDGE Certification


January 1, 2018

Floor Space (m2)


Total CO2 Savings (annually)


Client Details

Certified By

Green Building Council Costa Rica

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