The Boston Scientific medical devices plant in the free-trade zone of Coyol in Alajuela, northwest of San José, has been recognized as Costa Rica’s first sustainable building by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The plant received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDs) certification, a coveted designation for environmentally friendly buildings.
At the Boston Scientific plant, which produces medical devices for export, the floors are made of cork, the paint on the walls is free of harmful chemicals and a majority of the building’s framework is made from recycled materials. The building is also equipped with solar panels, windows to maximize natural light and a water treatment plant.
Twenty other Costa Rican buildings are in the running for the LEED.
The Costa Rican Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) is in the process of creating a committee to recognize sustainable construction.