The Justice Department of Costa Rica has opened a new courthouse in Los Chiles, Alajuela. Resource-efficient design features and technologies have been incorporated into the courthouse to reduce its environmental impact and to save on operating costs. External shading devices, a variable refrigerant volume cooling system, and energy-saving lighting were installed to reduce the building’s energy use, while water-efficient plumbing fixtures were installed to reduce the building’s water use. A rainwater harvesting and a blackwater and recycling system were also installed, allowing the courthouse to achieve water savings of over 98 percent.
The courthouse aligns with the Justice Department’s commitment to the environment and plan to certify to the resource efficiency of new construction.
Tribunales de Justicia Los Chiles has received final EDGE certification from the Green Building Council of Costa Rica.