San Borja, a residential district in the capital of Peru, has passed an ordinance (610-MSB) that allows property developers to build three or four stories higher depending on the zone. The taller apartment buildings must be set back from the curb, planted with green roofs and gardens that are at least 50 percent visible by pedestrians, and certified green. The ordinance was socialized extensively with property developers prior to passing to ensure a collaborative approach.
The result is an entirely new style of architecture without incessant glass, where dozens of EDGE-certified buildings are coming onto the market advertised as green to showcase their value. The initiative, which has been widely supported by the Peruvian Green Building Council and EDGE Experts, won the Creatividad Empresarial award from Mayor Marco Álvarez in recognition for the district’s entrepreneurial approach to encouraging green buildings. The strategy demonstrates the powerful interaction when the public and private sectors work together to incentivize green buildings for the benefit of citizens and the environment.