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SUSTAINABLE NOSARA

YOUR GUIDE TO ALL THINGS SUSTAINABLE IN NOSARA

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DESIGN

FOOTPRINT & BUILDING HEIGHT

Determine your property footprint's developed to undeveloped ratio to accomodate habitat connectivity, rainwater and wastewater management. Use best practices listed below for building height.

1

Leave 50%+ of your property undeveloped and permeable to rainwater to ensure enough space for future maintenance and water management.

2

Elevate off the ground to reduce the impact of moving earth, reduce moisture, and improve ventilation.

3

Leave green areas that connect to neighboring habitat.

4

Designate space for a septic drainfield, where there are no trees or driveway and 30+ m from nearby wells or streams.

5

Limit building height to stay below the tree line and reduce light pollution.

ARCHITECTURE

Use architectural sustainability best practices for your design/build projects.

1

Build on an east-west axis with windows that allow cross-ventilation by northeast winds.

2

Use double-pane windows and avoid windows on the west-facing side to keep the heat out.

3

Include large roof overhangs (60+ cm) to keep the sun off windows and protect from rain.

4

Limit exterior lighting features, use motion sensors, low-mounted or covered fixtures to reflect light downward and reduce light pollution.

5

Include overhead fans in all spaces and limit enclosed spaces with AC units to save energy.

6

Include tall vaulted ceilings that are vented near the top of the wall to allow heat to escape.

7

Plan for grey or rainwater collection, solar energy, or a solar hot water heater.

BUILDING TIP

Consult with local companies specialized in LEED, EDGE, or Bandera Azul certifications to ensure you minimize the impact of your build.

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