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Costa Rica adopts international green building certification

June 2015

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Green Building Council of Costa Rica (GBC-CR), have launched EDGE green building certification system in Costa Rica to bolster eco-friendly construction and resource efficiency in new buildings.

Costa Rica marks the first national launch in Latin America of EDGE, which helps property developers design and construct new buildings that save money while leaving a lighter carbon footprint.

“Buildings account for about 19% of greenhouse gas emissions and a third of all energy worldwide,” said Luc Grillet, IFC Senior Manager for Central America and the Caribbean. “The most cost-effective way to improve resource-efficiency in buildings is to improve their design. That is the inspiration for EDGE. In addition, it complements the Costa Rican government’s commitment to green building regulations and will contribute to its goal of carbon neutrality by 2021.”

An innovation of IFC, the free EDGE software can be used for new residential and commercial buildings in nearly 100 countries. In minutes, design teams can easily assess the most cost-effective ways to incorporate energy and water saving options into their buildings.