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Common misconceptions about green building

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Green building is a buzz word because of compelling reasons. Green buildings are easier to light, cool and maintain. They need less energy and therefore cause much less pollution. Does every builder and building and homeowner know what really makes a building green?

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

What is a green sustainable site?

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It is quite interesting how some people go about selecting the site for their home. Some say they want their property to face the morning sun because it offers good luck. Others say they like the shape of the lot because it tends to bring in money. Still others say they like a lot that is elevated from the street or gradually sloping toward the rear or the street.

Posted: August 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Barriers to retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency

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As we focus on the evolution of the design and construction of new energy-efficient green buildings, one sector that remains in the background is the large stock of existing buildings that are in need of a comprehensive upgrade for energy efficiency.

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

The energy-efficient home

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The Philippines has one of the highest rates of electricity per kilowatt-hour in Asia. Due to the tropical climate of the country, many houses are dependent on electricity to power air-conditioners and electric fans in order to deal with the high temperatures during the day. This is why energy efficiency is one of the most important principles to keep in mind when building or buying a new house.

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Cooling your house through night ventilation

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Putting thermal insulation above the ceiling, providing roof vents or outlets and painting the roof a light-colored shade are some of the more common ways to help reduce the heat inside the house.

Posted: June 7th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

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