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      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café   01/12/2017

      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café begins Thursday, January 12th and runs until Sunday, January 22nd. For those who have not yet seen -- and experienced -- this magnificent fair, you are in for a treat, and some inconveniences. Most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  During these eleven days you also need to be extremely careful, especially while driving and in planning your activities. In recent years there have been well in excess of 100,000 visitors to Boquete. Last year that number was closer to 200,000, and some predictions for 2017's Fair are closer to 300,000 people coming to our area to see the Fair. Traffic congestion will be the norm. Getting seats in restaurants will be difficult at times. Parking spaces will essentially be nonexistent. Buying groceries may be difficult and time consuming. Busses will be parked on the side streets, making driving difficult. There will be lots (as in LOTS) of people walking, standing around the bridge and the Feria and the many tiendas (small shops and stands [kiosks]) while taking pictures, talking, viewing the scenery, etc. Please be extremely attentive while driving, and drive slowly. Some streets will be blocked and require passes to use them. Other streets will simply be blocked based on congestion. Please be careful of your personal items, such as purses and wallets. Having so many people in one area creates a prime target for pickpockets and other maliantes to do their thing. To repeat, most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  Three closing thoughts. First: enjoy. Second: be safe. Third: you might wish to post your pictures, comments, reviews, etc., here on CL (start a topic or reply to an existing topic in http://www.chiriqui.life/forum/118-boquete-feria-de-las-flores-y-del-café/).   To provide general feedback or ask for help regarding Chiriqui.Life, please leave a posting in Problems, Feedback and Suggestions or email support@chiriqui.life or private message to @Admin_01.
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Panama's Rules for Building "Green"

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Panama: Rules for Green Building

The construction sector has a one year period, starting from now, to begin implementing energy saving measures in new buildings.

Friday, November 25, 2016

From a statement issued by the National Secretariat of Energy:

See resolution (in spanish) published in the official newspaper, La Gaceta.

This relates to Resolution No.3142 through which the Technical Guide for energy conservation in new buildings is adopted. 

"This resolution is very important to establish, for the first time, competence in terms of sustainable construction, to regulate aspects of green growth in our country," said Victor Urrutia, National Secretary of Energy.

The resolution establishes percentages of energy savings that will reduce costs for users in terms of utility payments. In the first two years energy consumption will be reduced by 15%, and thereafter 20%. 

Click here for the official Gaceta Oficial notice mentioned above (PDF format, 66 pages): GacetaNo_28165_20161124.pdf



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For those who may be interested in some of historical background about building "green" in Panama, here is another article from some archives of 2012:



"Green" Architecture in Panama

Although in its infancy, the concept is present in many new projects, and is gaining momentum as older buildings which want to remain competitive in the market are being upgraded.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The construction of buildings with sustainable and environmentally friendly features has a long way to go in Panama, although the development of this type of construction has made progress in the last 10 years and the capital now has several buildings that have been constructed with improved regulations.

Panama has one building that has been certified, while 25 are in the process of obtaining a green seal and 12 have sustainable features, but are not attempting to be included in the category, reports Capital.com.pa, using the standards of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

"Green structures are able to save up to 50% on electricity bills, reduced water consumption and energy generated through solar panels", notes Capital.com.pa.

Among the existing buildings, the U.S. embassy stands out as the only building in the capital that is LEED certified. In addition there is, the future Morgan &Morgan tower, the Business Park in Costa del Este, and an office building in the Santa Maria Business District, located in Juan Diaz which are among the projects being built with green features and seeking certification.

Source: martesfinanciero.com



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