How Local Property Developers Help Conserve Water And Energy
By Kay Cabanilla, Jannelle Buguis
Every property developer in the Philippines—from Arthaland to SM Investments Corporation—adopts various methods to help conserve water and energy. Listed below are some of their laudable efforts:
- SM Investments Corporation
Known for optimizing energy utilization and minimize consumption, SM Investments Corporation has been integrating environment-friendly features in their building designs to maximize the use of natural light.
Moreover, the company regularly measures and monitors energy consumption. In fact, the Department of Energy has recognized the SM Malls for its energy efficiency initiatives. These shopping establishments use LEDs instead of compact fluorescent lamps.
For water usage, SM Malls save over 1,000 tonnes of water every year by using waterless urinal systems. SM also recycles used potable water into non-potable water for general cleaning.
Arya Residences, Arthaland’s condominium project in Bonifacio Global City, has replaced all its fixtures and fittings in every unit with water-efficient options. To minimize the use of potable water, each toilet uses recycled water for flushing.
In its landscaped gardens, a dual piping system harvests rainwater and treated it to moisten the green grass.
Its original design and engineering also enables the homeowners to reduce the electricity consumption for about 14%. Its units are built with balconies and ledges that serve as sunscreen for the units below them; this also encourages natural ventilation and constant air movement.
Its windows, on the other hand, are double-glazed low-E glass, which help minimize the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that pass through the glass without compromising the amount of visible light that’s transmitted.
- Alphaland Corporation
Alphaland Corporation’s Makati Place is a one-of-a-kind intelligent residential and leisure complex, where every detail was planned for efficiency, sustainability, and enjoyment. Just like Arya Residences, it saves water by collecting rain water that’s used for general cleaning and watering its gardens.
To reduce energy consumption, the Makati Place makes use of high-efficiency lighting motion sensors that automatically switch off when an area is unoccupied. Its building structure has also integrated vegetation, shading, and high solar reflectance surface that can reduce the urban heat island effect, thus maximizing the use of energy in cooling the building.
- Lucent Evermore Estate Development Inc.
At Paseo Verde at Real in Las Pinas, a project of Lucent Evermore Estate Development Inc., the homeowners use solar panels for their electricity; the whole gated community also uses energy-efficient streetlights that illuminate each and every corner at night.
It is also equipped with a rain catchment facility, which makes use of recycled water for ground maintenance, and a rain garden as a natural water filter, which lessens the chance of flooding during the rainy season.
- RSP Lim Construction
RSP Lim Construction’s The Boni Tower has incorporated four green features: (1) Recycled Water, which uses a clean water technology, where the water is recycled for secondary purposes such as flushing toilets and watering the plants; (2) Vegetated Roof Deck Garden, which invites a natural and cleaner air to the building; (3) Solar Panel Energy System, which dramatically reduces the consumption of energy in the whole building, and (4) Heat Resistant Window Illumination Glass, which helps reduce the need for electronic air cooling systems.