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SUSTAINABLE NOSARA

YOUR GUIDE TO ALL THINGS SUSTAINABLE IN NOSARA

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SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

BUILDING YOUR DREAM HOUSE?
LEVEL UP WITH THESE PRO TIPS.

As a general rule of thumb, always choose materials that are:

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LOW-MAINTENANCE

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DURABLE

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NON-TOXIC

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LOCALLY-SOURCED

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HUMIDITY-RESISTANT

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ANTI-CORROSIVE

ITEM 7

PEST-RESISTANT

BUY LOCALLY SOURCED MATERIALS

REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT & ENERGY USAGE WHEN PURCHASING LOCAL SOURCED, SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS. INVESTING IN LOCAL SOURCED MATERIALS ALSO SUPPORTS YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY.

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Teak is pest resistant, durable, and locally available.

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Bamboo is pest resistant and durable, but sourced from farther away. 

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Recycled materials or reclaimed wood are a great option, especially for details such as countertops, decking, fencing or roofing.

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Natural stone is a great, locally-sourced option for aesthetic accents.

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Cellulose or recycled insulation is a more sustainable alternative to fiberglass or styrofoam.

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Shipping containers or other pre-fabricated homes greatly reduce waste, construction time, and the overall impact of your build but you'll need to insulate and ventilate to reduce long-term energy requirements.

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Clay or earth blocks are a sustainable alternative to concrete, if you can find a builder with experience using these materials.

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Concrete, although not the most sustainable option (it requires a lot of water), cement is produced here in Costa Rica. Concrete requires less maintenance and is a great insulator from the heat. 

BUILDING TIP

Sustainable materials will save you money and decrease your carbon footprint, but are also more easily sourced and workers are familiar with them.

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