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Panama's Rules for Building "Green"

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Panama: Rules for Green Building

The construction sector has a one year period, starting from now, to begin implementing energy saving measures in new buildings.

Friday, November 25, 2016

From a statement issued by the National Secretariat of Energy:

See resolution (in spanish) published in the official newspaper, La Gaceta.

This relates to Resolution No.3142 through which the Technical Guide for energy conservation in new buildings is adopted. 

"This resolution is very important to establish, for the first time, competence in terms of sustainable construction, to regulate aspects of green growth in our country," said Victor Urrutia, National Secretary of Energy.

The resolution establishes percentages of energy savings that will reduce costs for users in terms of utility payments. In the first two years energy consumption will be reduced by 15%, and thereafter 20%. 

Click here for the official Gaceta Oficial notice mentioned above (PDF format, 66 pages): GacetaNo_28165_20161124.pdf


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For those who may be interested in some of historical background about building "green" in Panama, here is another article from some archives of 2012:



"Green" Architecture in Panama

Although in its infancy, the concept is present in many new projects, and is gaining momentum as older buildings which want to remain competitive in the market are being upgraded.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The construction of buildings with sustainable and environmentally friendly features has a long way to go in Panama, although the development of this type of construction has made progress in the last 10 years and the capital now has several buildings that have been constructed with improved regulations.

Panama has one building that has been certified, while 25 are in the process of obtaining a green seal and 12 have sustainable features, but are not attempting to be included in the category, reports Capital.com.pa, using the standards of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

"Green structures are able to save up to 50% on electricity bills, reduced water consumption and energy generated through solar panels", notes Capital.com.pa.

Among the existing buildings, the U.S. embassy stands out as the only building in the capital that is LEED certified. In addition there is, the future Morgan &Morgan tower, the Business Park in Costa del Este, and an office building in the Santa Maria Business District, located in Juan Diaz which are among the projects being built with green features and seeking certification.

Source: martesfinanciero.com


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