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.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reduced window-to-wall ratio, external shading devices, higher thermal performance glass, a variable refrigerant volume (VRV) cooling system, solar photovoltaics, energy-saving lighting in internal and external spaces, and occupancy sensors in bathrooms, conference rooms, and closed cabins.
Low-flow faucets in bathrooms, a rainwater harvesting system, a black water treatment and recycling system, and water-efficient single-flush water closets, urinals, and faucets for kitchen sinks.
Steel sheets on steel rafters for the roof, medium weight hollow concrete blocks for internal and external walls, and cement fibre boards on metal studs for internal walls.
*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.