Low Carbon Urban and Housing NAMA

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Costa Rica


Sector Buildings
Focus area
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Type of action Strategy/Policy
Scope National
Stage Under development
Submitted to UNFCCC registry No
Start of initiative 2011
Financing and support details
Financing status Seeking financing
Total cost US$ 80 mln
Financing requested US$ 73 mln
Financing received to-date
(no data)
Principal source of financing Not known
Principal type of financing Not known
Capacity building required Yes
Technology transfer required No
Additional information
Proponent(s) Ministry of Housing and Human Settlement
International funder(s)
(no data)
Organization providing technical support
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Contact Mr. Roy Barboza

Vice Minister Ministry of Housing and Human Settlement Apartado 1753 - 2050 San Pedro de Montes de Oca. Sétimo piso OfiMall San Pedro, Costa Rica Tel: (506) 2202-7900


Increase efficiency and decrease emissions from urban housing sector

Activities: (2011 - 2021)
Reduce consumption and waste; substitution of high emission factor materials for CO2 by sequestering materials (wood); reduce the emission factor and carbon embodied in material by promoting environmentally preferable materials; reduce energy consumption in building operation by bioclimatic building design, improve waste water treatment and compact multi-functional cities with urban planning and green infrastructure. Elements include further:

  • Market instruments (CO2 trade, MVR, Urban flexibility etc)
  • Voluntary agreements and regulations
  • Mandatory regulations
  • Information and knowledge transfer (Universities, web based knowledge, etc)
  • Create financials mechanism -Special Purpose Vehicle- to foster green urban development with green buildings.
  • Develop a strategy with commercial banks to improve credit conditions for final users, provided fulfill green code specifications. (Promote competence among commercial banks)
  • Identify and prioritized specific urban sites for new project developments according to poli-functional cities aimed to reduce commuting.
  • Develop a pilot project of 1000 affordable houses ($50,000 to $80,000) to show a practical application of sustainability concepts.

Impact and MRV


Cumulative GHG reductions: 3.2 MtCO2e
Mitigative capacity:

No information has been provided on mitigative capacity


Social: Information has not been provided
Economic: Information has not been provided
Environmental: Information has not been provided

MRV Framework:
No MRV plan has been defined