Sustainability goes beyond green initiatives

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    Artist’s perspective of Grand Hyatt Manila Residences. The big windows will provide the home with an abundance of natural light.
    Artist’s perspective of Grand Hyatt Manila Residences. The big windows will provide the home with an abundance of natural light.

    The new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis has drawn more attention to the importance of sustainability due to its massive threat to public health and safety.

    Real estate developers like Federal Land Inc. are considering more innovative solutions that could future-proof their projects from potential crises.

    The premier developer is exploring more and better housing solutions that could provide all-around benefits to its future residents.

    Post-pandemic solutions are also now underway such as contactless operations for elevators, parking, and payment transactions and ultra violet (UV) filters for centralized air-conditioning system. Federal Land is also incorporating design elements such as convertible spaces – foyer as a disinfection area, and den as a workspace.

    Integrated communities prove to be a great advantage to homebuyers at this time of the pandemic.

    Federal Land’s Grand Central Park in Bonifacio Global City and Metro Park in Bay Area, Pasay is replete with commercial spaces to provide for the grocery, banking, and retail needs of the residents. These properties also stand close to hospitals and schools, adding to the residents’ everyday convenience and better living situations.

    But for Federal Land, sustainability is no longer just part of a greener initiative but is also an encompassing and necessary response to any future challenges.

    The company said sustainable solutions should create better living conditions for residents – bigger living spaces, more pocket parks, an integrated community experience, proximity to medical institutions, and more.

    Sustainable homes, it said, do not only have positive impact on the environment but they come with extra security and safety measures for residents. They save costs by reducing energy consumption and offer additional health benefits that come in handy in a health crisis.

    Some of the sustainable housing solutions that are seen to benefit the residents today and address this new normal include:

    0 Bigger windows do not only save energy, they also give energy.

    Big windows provide homes with an abundance of natural light thus reducing dependence on artificial lighting, consequently shaving off electricity costs in the long run.

    Several modern homes such as Grand Hyatt Manila Residences South Tower in BGC, have incorporated large windows in their unit designs. The windows are 100 percent glazed, providing the residents with a full harvest of natural light and a reduced transmission of solar heat.

    0 Water-efficient toilet fixtures do not only save water, they improve bathroom hygiene
    Water-efficient toilet fixtures, such as those that have dual flush technology, reduce water waste, yet provide thorough cleaning in a single, low-volume flush. Aside from conserving water and saving costs, these fixtures reduce cleaning time for the user as it is hygienic by nature.

    Federal Land’s The Seasons Residences in BGC provides its residents with distinct Japanese shower toilets. The innovative bathroom fixtures are not only more sustainable but also add a sense of comfort and luxury to the experience.

    0 LED lights are not only long-lasting, they also provide improved safety.

    LED (light emitting diodes) lights last on an average of 35,000 to 100,000 operating hours and are more durable and sustainable than the traditional incandescent and fluorescent lights. They also generally consume 90 percent less power making them energy and cost-efficient. Another advantage of LED lighting is its innately hazard-free attribute. LEDs emit almost no warmth therefore they are cool to touch and can be left on for hours. They operate effectively on low-voltage electrical systems, which means the chances of fire incidents from LED lighting is much lower.

    Residences made by developers such as Federal Land are harvesting the fruits of sustainable lighting. The LED lighting technology used in these developments not only provides cool and well-lit spaces, they add to the residents’ peace of mind, as well.

    0 Open lawns and landscape gardens do not only clean the air, they also relieve stress.

    Garden landscapes at home are therapeutic. Because normal travel may still be unlikely in the near future, green, open spaces in condos or residential properties are probably the closest physical simulation of a destination spot.

    The zen pocket gardens at The Grand Midori Ortigas, a Japanese-inspired development of Federal Land, brings a refreshing change in ambiance that effectively de-stresses the mind.

    0 Certain building materials do not just cool down surfaces, they can cool down body temperature and provide communal heat relief.

    Cool roof is a roofing system designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than the typical dark roof. Structures with cool roof reduce the amount of heat that enters the home.