Valle Azul is a residential complex in Guácima de Alajuela that is being developed by the Housing Promotion Foundation through a subsidy from the National Housing Financial System of Costa Rica. The complex is made up of 102, two-unit homes, of which building #30 has been EDGE certified. Unit #30 is home to two families, providing the residents with ample privacy.
Resource-efficient design features and technologies were incorporated into the home, including a reduced window-to-wall ratio, natural ventilation, LED lighting, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. The home was also built with a modular construction system of Ecoblocks that contain a percentage of recycled plastic.
This project has also been developed in conjunction with FUPROVI, which supports lower-income families in solving their housing and community development needs.
Valle Azul #30 has received final EDGE certification from the Green Building Council of Costa Rica (GBCCR).
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reduced window-to-wall ratio, natural ventilation with operable windows, and energy-saving lighting in internal and external spaces.
Efficient water closets and low-flow showerheads and faucets for kitchin sinks and washbasins.
Concrete filler slab with Polystyrene blocks for the floor, steel sheets on steel rafters for the roof, and medium weight hollow concrete blocks for internal and external 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.