These six residential condominiums are setting the bar higher in water conservation
It is no news that the world’s supply of freshwater is fast diminishing due to human-related activities. This alarming fact pushes nations to conduct research in an effort to at least slow down the deterioration of the world’s limited supply of freshwater.
In the Philippines, government agencies, educational institutions, and even the private sector are doing their part to increase public awareness on water conservation. As a result, people are now more aware of the importance of conserving this precious resource.
The real estate industry has also picked up on this important issue and several developers have even incorporated measures in their properties that help conserve water. Here are a few of them.
1. Arya Residences
As part of their green advocacy, Arya Residences, a luxury condo project of Arthaland in Bonifacio Global City, had all of their fixtures and fittings in their units replaced with water-efficient options. The condos toilets are also equipped to use recycled water for flushing to minimize the usage of potable water. Even its landscaped garden is designed to be water-conscious, which use a dual piping system that harvests rainwater and treated grey water to water the foliage.
2. Paseo Verde Residences
Located in Las Piñas City, Paseo Verde Residences proudly features the latest technologies in rainwater collection, such as a catchment facility that holds rainwater to be used for the whole development. Recycled rainwater will be used to clean and maintain the property and for gardening purposes. The condo also features a rain garden that not only beautifies the view but also absorbs, filters and recycles rainwater.
3. The Boni Tower
The Boni Tower is Mandaluyong City’s first BERDE building, a local green certification system of the Philippine Green Building Council akin to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED. The condo is designed to collect, clean and repurpose the water used by its tenants. Repurposed water will be used for toilet plumbing and gardening that will effectively minimize water consumption.
4. Alphaland Makati Place
Situated at the northern end of Ayala Avenue, this building is currently registered at the U.S. Green Building Council and is aiming for a Gold level certification. But with or without certification, the Alphaland Makati Place is already implementing water efficiency in all its units. One of the advantages of living here is that residents can save up to 35% on water consumption with the use of their low-flow and low-flush systems. Rainwater is also collected that’s used for the building’s maintenance and landscaping.
5. Elements Residences
Another green condominium—this time in Pasig City—Elements Residences prides itself in being an eco-efficient, high-rise residential building packed with technology that promotes water and energy conservation. A typical family can even save up to 22,000 gallons of water a year with the building’s water-saving features. One of their rain catchment facilities is their Sky Garden at the building’s rooftop that also serves as insulation. Collected water in their facilities is used for irrigation and back-up water supply for their fire protection system.
A mixed-use commercial and residential condo project situated in Cebu City, Robinland boasts a Php2 million sewage treatment plant where used water czan be recycled into non-potable water that’s utilized for toilet flushing and water planting. The building also has its own rainwater catchment and utilization system.
(SOURCES: https://larawanatkape.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/paseo-verde-at-real/, http://aryaresidences.com.ph/green/feature3, http://www.makatiplace.com.ph/about-makati-place/green-building.html, http://elementsresidences.com/eco-efficient/, http://topcebuproperties.com/condos/robinland_north_reclamation.html, http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/259698/green-buildings-to-help-mitigate-effects-of-floods)