Costa Rican HQ earns LEED gold

The new Costa Rican headquarters of Establishment Labs, a global medical device company focused on aesthetic technologies with a strong emphasis on product development and innovation, has received U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LeadershipforEnergy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification, according to a release.

LEED certification, established by U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, is the world’s pre-eminent program for the design,constructionand operation ofhigh performancegreen buildings.

The Manuel E. Chacon B. Center for Advanced Silicone Technologieswas unveiledDec. 15, 2016.The facility includes state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, innovation labs and corporate offices.

The facility is in the Coyol Free Zone in Costa Rica, one of the largest and most modern high-tech business parks in Central America, hosting medical device companies including Abbott, Medtronic, Philips, Smith & Nephew and Cooper Vision.

“LEED certification is another significant milestone in establishing operations that meet the highest standards for state-of-the-art, efficient and sustainable infrastructure,” said Salvador Dada, chief operating officer. “As a global medical technology company, making a positive impact on humanity with our environmental initiatives is at the core of our company values.”

The project used advanced energy modeling during the design. Some of the highlights of this LEED-gold facility include:

Energy efficiency

  • Ice Bank system for cooling the controlled air in the clean room and support areas instead of traditional energy-powered chillers.
  • Energy micro-grid comprised of solar panels and energy-storage batteries thatgeneratesup to 80 percent of the total energy consumption of the building, including manufacturing areas, allowing for efficiently more air exchanges in the clean rooms forlessparticulates in the production areas.
  • The chilled-beams system for soft cooling administrative areas, instead of traditional air conditioning systems, reduce at least 30 percent of energy consumption and eliminate the use of refrigerants.
  • Efficientlightning, movement sensors and Energy Star appliances and equipment in all administrative areas to reduce 50 percent of energy consumption compared to traditional designs.


  • Oil-less air compressors for cleaner air throughout the facility.
  • Rain water recovery systems for the irrigation systems and toilets.
  • Water-efficient systems for administrative areas to reduce 49 percent of water consumption in comparison with traditional designs.
  • Non-volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, coatings, adhesives and other external materials that reduce CO2 emissions and heat.
  • Local materials used for energy saving during the construction process.
  • 57 percent of construction waste materials were recycled instead of sending to landfills areas.
  • Native plantings in the landscaped areas reduce fertilization and water usage.
  • Preferred parking for low-emitting (hybrid) and fuel-efficient vehicles and carpooling.


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