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What is Green Home Design?

| by Apple Barretto

What is Green Home Design?

What is green design?

  1. An eco-friendly architectural approach
  2. Has “green” characteristics
  3. Earns green verification certificates
  4. Offers benefits for homeowners

With the world’s increasing concern for the environment, it’s no surprise that green home design is at the top of the priority list for residential developers. But what is green design? 

In the last decade, architects and engineers alike are discovering and honing new sustainable design processes to create better homes — while preserving our natural resources and environment.

While it is not a strict necessity in terms of code requirements, green design is something you should consider as a homeowner. In this article, we look closer into how green design drives developers like Pueblo de Oro to go above and beyond, and improve overall home quality and performance:

An eco-friendly architectural approach

An eco-friendly architectural approach

Green design, simply put, is the creation of buildings that are energy, resource-efficient, and designed to last long. 

To achieve green design, architects and engineers should look for ways to reduce their impact on the environment upon which they are building, and their use of the materials for construction.

Furthermore, green design requires them to look for innovative ways to attain sustainability throughout the whole life cycle of the home. 

The choices that are made during this stage have a huge impact on how sustainable a home can be in the long run. Smart design and technology can help your home remain eco-friendly for decades — and achieve true sustainability. This is the core goal of green design. 

Has “green” characteristics

As we mentioned, the highest goal of green design is to create a wholly sustainable building. Because of this, there are certain characteristics that most — if not all — “green” homes have to achieve sustainability. 

One of the most common features of green homes is their use of either recycled material or specialized material. The first helps the building reuse resources (at times from old structures) to help save natural materials. 

The second uses new technology and methods to ensure that whatever natural resources were used to make the building material is sourced ethically, and used wisely. As a result, these building materials tend to cost more upfront — but also last much longer and provide more benefits to the home. 

Another common characteristic of green homes is their lower maintenance costs. This is because the design requires certain elements to be added to help the home become more efficient. This, in turn, helps lessen energy and water bills. 

By implementing these sustainable aspects into the home, each one recovers the initial costs of construction exponentially. Additionally, each green home can reduce waste, preserve natural resources, and ultimately lessen its carbon footprint and impact on the environment. 

Earns green verification certificates

Earns green verification certificates

Certain “green” verification certificates can help distinguish a well-built and sustainable home from one that is not. These certifications include LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies). 

Both certifications provide a rating system that builders, developers, architects, and engineers can follow and then apply for certification. This rating system includes many important points in design considerations, such as energy use and air quality.

Based on the building’s rating on the provided scales, it can earn EDGE certification, and a LEED rating level (categorized into certified, silver, gold, and platinum). While not required by the government, these certifications are an important measure for homes today. In fact, they help developers improve their green building programs and promote sustainability overall. 

Offers benefits for homeowners

For homeowners, investing in green home designs should be a no-brainer. 

As we touched upon in the previous section, there are certain characteristics that a green home needs to meet to be considered a sustainable and eco-friendly building. These characteristics provide many benefits for homeowners, from energy and water savings, and the use of sustainable and innovative building materials — which have proven to be more durable and functional than traditional materials. 

Furthermore, green materials are much more adaptable and hardy compared to typical building materials. Green materials are often weather- and disaster-resistant, and can endure for years with much less maintenance. And, because these buildings are made without harmful chemical treatments, they are healthier for the environment and the people who live in them.

Lastly, these homes are built to last and built to be highly efficient. From interior design elements such as improved lighting, natural cooling features, and even measures to enhance the air quality indoors, there are many marked advantages to living in a green home. Those living here generally have a more healthy and more holistic lifestyle and better overall quality of life! 

Award-winning design and development

Those who take the time to invest in green designs and technology for their homes consistently top the list of the country’s best developers. Take, for example, Pueblo de Oro.

This real estate property development art of the ICCP Group recently achieved EDGE certification for the Pueblo De Oro Residences Malvar in Batangas, as well as two gold awards from the Property and Real Estate Excellence Awards organized and presented by FIABCI or The International Real Estate Federation for their work in their developing township in Cagayan de Oro City.

Specifically, the Westwoods subdivision was recognized as the 2021 gold medal winner
in two categories: Residential Low Rise, and Environmental Category. These awards are a testament to what can be achieved when developers look towards green practices and technology when planning for their communities. When prime real estate and innovative architectural and engineering design intersect, the results are beautiful and sustainable homes.

The homes we made in our Westwoods subdivision are not only nestled in a scenic and tranquil environment — surrounded by a 40-hectare rainforest and bisected by Tagmatay Creek — they are also masterfully made to promote the sustainability of every homeowner.

This is possible through the use of passive design elements in each home, as well as bank protection measures, detention ponds, and other methods to prevent erosion and flooding throughout the master-planned community.

Key Takeaway

As we continue to invest in rehabilitating and protecting our homes, green building designs become more and more popular for developers in the Philippines. With this closer look into what green design is, you now know how these sustainable processes are beneficial not only for our natural environment — but also for us! 

If you’re interested in finding homes that are green, high-quality, and certified, then reach out to Pueblo de Oro. As the premier residential developer in the Philippines, we have stayed ahead of the trend for years and invested in cutting-edge environmental measures and technology for each of our homes. Message us here, or check out our houses for sale in Cebu , Batangas, Pampanga, and Cagayan de Oro here!

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