ACCADES Regional Forum Cements Co-operation in Central America

The second ACCADES (Central American and Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Development) Regional Forum was held in San Jose, Costa Rica on 20 and 21 May, and was a resounding success. The forum was hosted by the GBC Costa Rica, with enthusiastic participation from the other ACCADES affiliated councils (Panama, Guatemala and El Salvador).

During the Forum, participants were told about the precedents and market needs that encouraged the creation of this alliance. Similarly, the organizational structure of ACCADES, those who shape it, and its overall goal and specific objectives were presented. A FAQ document will be posted on the affiliated councils’ websites and social networks.

The event was also the place of the official launch of the ACCADES logo. The meaning and reasoning behind the ACCADES logo was explained to the participants, along with what it represents for the alliance and the region of Central America and the Caribbean.

The forum attracted over 60 participants and it was held in a LEED Gold certified hotel. Participants included professionals representing different sectors of the local and regional economy, and companies present in different countries in the region were also represented. Important figures in the public and private sector of Costa Rica joined such as the Minister of Housing (Rosendo Pujol),  Aaron Morales (Chamber of Construction), Marianela Jimenez (President of the Association of Architects), Jose Luis Lopez (President of Association Lifecycle for Latin America) and the Ambassador of Canada in Costa Rica.

An agreement between the Ministry of Housing of Costa Rica and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) was signed to develop a Green Building Code for the country. The same agreement was signed a week earlier in Panama between the National Secretary of Energy, the Ministry of Finance and the IFC for the implementation of the EDGE program (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) which includes a green building code component for Panama.

Finally, ACCADES signed its first cooperation agreement with the Association for Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America (ALCALA), which seeks the application of life cycle approaches in the building sector in the region.

The success of the event has helped to cement ACCADES as an alliance within the Americas Network that seeks to combine the efforts to promote sustainability in the construction sector throughout the Americas.

The second ACCADES (Central American and Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Development) Regional Forum was held in San Jose, Costa Rica on 20 and 21 May, and was a resounding success. The forum was hosted by the GBC Costa Rica, with enthusiastic participation from the other ACCADES affiliated councils (Panama, Guatemala and El Salvador).

During the Forum, participants were told about the precedents and market needs that encouraged the creation of this alliance. Similarly, the organizational structure of ACCADES, those who shape it, and its overall goal and specific objectives were presented. A FAQ document will be posted on the affiliated councils’ websites and social networks.

The event was also the place of the official launch of the ACCADES logo. The meaning and reasoning behind the ACCADES logo was explained to the participants, along with what it represents for the alliance and the region of Central America and the Caribbean.

The forum attracted over 60 participants and it was held in a LEED Gold certified hotel. Participants included professionals representing different sectors of the local and regional economy, and companies present in different countries in the region were also represented. Important figures in the public and private sector of Costa Rica joined such as the Minister of Housing (Rosendo Pujol),  Aaron Morales (Chamber of Construction), Marianela Jimenez (President of the Association of Architects), Jose Luis Lopez (President of Association Lifecycle for Latin America) and the Ambassador of Canada in Costa Rica.

An agreement between the Ministry of Housing of Costa Rica and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) was signed to develop a Green Building Code for the country. The same agreement was signed a week earlier in Panama between the National Secretary of Energy, the Ministry of Finance and the IFC for the implementation of the EDGE program (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) which includes a green building code component for Panama.

Finally, ACCADES signed its first cooperation agreement with the Association for Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America (ALCALA), which seeks the application of life cycle approaches in the building sector in the region.

The success of the event has helped to cement ACCADES as an alliance within the Americas Network that seeks to combine the efforts to promote sustainability in the construction sector throughout the Americas.