The Primavera Residences, the first eco-friendly mixed-use condo development in Mindanao
To a lot of people, having a condo entails paying a lot not just to secure a unit but to actually live in it. After all, on top of the price of the unit, you also need to cough up the payment for regular charges like power bills. The cost alone of keeping a condo bright and cool especially during particularly hot months might be enough to turn you off, but maybe that’s because you haven’t heard of Primavera Residences yet.
A 10-storey twin-tower complex in the heart of uptown CDO (in Pueblo de Oro IT Park), the Italian-inspired Primavera is replete with amenities like a swimming pool, gym, and multipurpose hall. Sounds pretty standard, but these aren’t the features generating all the buzz. As the first eco-friendly mixed-use condo development in Mindanao, it’s built with photovoltaic solar panels, a cross-ventilation layout, and a shaded façade. With all these fancy-sounding add-ons, you’d think you’ll have to spend more to live here. Not so, says Primavera’s developer, Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-Development Corporation (ITPI Corp.).
Primavera Residences is the brainchild of ITPI executive chairman and CEO, Italian architect Romolo Nati; and president Atty. Jojo Leviste. In an interview with National Geographic, which ranked these ITPI officers among the business leaders in the Philippines, Nati explained: “We design eco-friendly lifestyle solutions and incorporate them into energy-smart buildings and residential units for the middle-market.”
In the same interview, Leviste stressed, “Eco-friendly buildings do not have to cost a lot and they don’t have to be high-tech.”
So what do the abovementioned features have to do with saving money?
According to ITPI, the photovoltaic solar panels to be fitted onto the top of the building will accomplish two things: produce renewable energy and add shadow protection on the roof. These solar panels will be provided by renewable energy firm Constellation Energy Corporation, another company presided over by Leviste.
Primavera’s main cross-ventilation layout elements are the inner courtyard and the green terrace, which let natural air and light flow through the structure easily. Both features minimize the need to use artificial cooling and lighting sources, keeping power bills down.
The building also boasts of extended ledges built into the façades that moderate solar illumination on the units’ windows. This reduces the heat entering each unit, lessening the use of air conditioning by as much as 32%.
With the first tower already turned over and the second one in the works, it just goes to show that more and more people are becoming aware that there are ways to live in a condo for way less than sky-high costs, a fact Leviste and Nati have been pointing out since day one.
“We want to change the perception of green building from being expensive to being something regular people can afford,” Nati emphasized.
Ledges running along the façade moderate solar illumination on the units’ windows.
The inner courtyard allows the flow of natural air and light.
To learn more about Prima Residences, visit www.primaresidences.com or call 0917-7921080.
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