Uncontrolled Land Development Causes Property Damage and Loss of Lives

Over the years there have been various publications by the Costa Rican government institutions responsible for disaster planning and prevention that warned of the risks of landslides and floods in the San Jose Greater Metropolitan Area, (GAM). In 2010, in the densely populated area near San Antonio, Escazú, twenty people were killed by a mudslide … More Uncontrolled Land Development Causes Property Damage and Loss of Lives

Costa Rica’s Residents Waiting for Land Use Management Plan

Municipalities in the Greater Metropolitan Area, GAM, and government authorities at the National Institute of Housing and Urban Development, INVU, are debating the scope of a new land use plan, known as POTGAM, proposed by INVU to regulate urban growth within the GAM. The biggest issue being debated, is whether the new plan is compulsory … More Costa Rica’s Residents Waiting for Land Use Management Plan

Security Systems and Home Protection Considerations for Costa Rica

I‘ve been exposed to many types of security systems from building custom homes for discerning clients during the past 30 years and I’ve designed and installed a multitude of security systems, safes and safe rooms into the walls and floors of dwellings. Most of my clients have wanted various types of security devices and personal … More Security Systems and Home Protection Considerations for Costa Rica

El Niño Impacts 2016 Weather Forecasts

According to the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), this year will be warmer and dryer than usual. The forecast stated that this dryness is due to El Niño and its effects will be felt throughout Costa Rica during 2016. Additionally, the decrease in rainfall will have negative effects on agricultural production, and the effect of drought will greatly … More El Niño Impacts 2016 Weather Forecasts

New Construction In Costa Rica Grew By 14% During 2015

New construction in Costa Rica grew 14 percent in 2015, reaching a level of production not seen here since before the global financial crisis of 2009, according to the Federated College of Engineers and Architects. During 2015, the CFIA recorded over 9.2 million square meters (m2), of permitted construction, a figure that is 14% higher … More New Construction In Costa Rica Grew By 14% During 2015