Green Construction and Building at Encanto

Encanto is designed as a model of green construction and eco-friendly building practices. Our objectives are to…

  • Protect the fragile environment
  • Protect and restore habitat
  • Preserve water quality
  • Reduce waste in all forms
  • Conserve natural resources We also hope to achieve economic benefits for our owners:
  • Reduce utility and maintenance costs
  • Enhance asset value
  • Optimize life-cycle economic performance
  • Maintain a natural jungle preserve

Encanto's US-based architect has designed the project according to recommendations by the U.S. Green Building Council and LEEDS for Homes.  Through design features and construction management, Encanto can make a big impact in energy and material conservation.  Some of these features include the following: Rainwater and run-off recapture
Cement roads look pretty in photographs, but they produce sediment run-off which damages streams and beaches.  Encanto's roads are made from crushed bedding material that allows water to reperculate back into the soil and filter naturally.  Roads are constructed to minimize the use of drainage culverts.  Open pavers are preferred over cement and brick in parking areas. Rainwater is reclaimed for us in replenishing pool water. Minimize thermal gain & innovation in design
Extra-deep overhangs increase initial construction costs but reduce the long-term cost of the residences.  Deep overhangs on roofs, awnings and entries minimize heat gain and save residents' eyes from the glare of the tropical sun.  By protecting interiors and windows from the mid-day sun, the air conditioning doesn't need to be turned up so high. Optimize ventilation
Miradores and Aguas Verdes, the buildings of Phase 1, are designed with many ventilation features that keep the days' breezes flowing in and up through the residences.  Throw open all the doors and enjoy the view.  The vaulted and extra-high ceilings have vented roof dormers, and some have operating clerestory windows.  Breezes are pulled in, up and out. Non-toxic gardening techniques
No ground-distributed or leaf-applied herbicides, pesticides or commercial fertilizers are ever used, or allowed to be used at any time by Encanto's employees or residents, or their guests, period.  Preservation of shade trees
In planning the sites for residences and roadways, to the greatest extent possible mature trees and shade trees are preserved.  Existing and planned roads snake through existing old-growth fruit and hardwood trees.  Homes are sited close to shade trees.  Care is taken to avoid disrupting root systems. Accessibility to public transportation
The entrance to Encanto is close to a public bus and semi-public taxi stops that go to Punta Banco, Golfito, and the Panamanian border. Reduced Water Use
Water is a valuable commodity in Costa Rica, and Encanto is blessed with abundant natural springwater.  To avoid overuse, each residence is equipped with a water meter; overuse is discouraged by "water charges" for excess use.  Aerators are used on sinks to reduce water usage by as much as 50%.  Native plants that do not require "off-season" watering reduce water use. Low-VOC Cleaning Products
Encanto's housekeeping manager is trained in the use of natural VOC-free cleaning products such as baking soda, vinegar and borax that do not damage downstream water sources and do not inhibit the growth of "helpful" bacteria that break down waste in septic systems.  All housekeepers admitted to work on-site are required to train under the Housekeeping Manager in the use of non-VOC cleaning methods. About Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Encanto seeks to minimize its environmental impact and restore the environment by using the LEED guidelines put forth by the USGBC as methods for best practices.  As a non-US project, Encanto is not eligible to apply for LEED certification.  This discussion is not meant to imply that Encanto is a LEED certified project. Encanto incorporates many environmentally responsible and sustainable practices specifically suggested by LEED for New Construction Version 2.2.  In addition to those specifically sited above, these include:  Low Developmental Density; Brownfield Redevelopment; Site Development to Protect and Restore Habitat; Site Development to Maximize Open Space, Stormwater Design for Quality Control; Light Pollution Reduction; Water Efficient Landscaping; Water Use Reduction Features; Storage & Collection of Recyclables; Construction Waste Management; Materials Reuse; Sustainable Wood; Increased Ventilation; Construction IAQ Management Plan; Thermal Comfort (Design & Ventilation); Daylight & Views; Innovation in Design. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us.