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Planning a successful green house project

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Summer is definitely here. Many are constantly complaining and longing for the cool weather present during the early part of the year. Summer is also that time of year when many homeowners embark on house construction. They surmise that it is the best time to avoid costly delays in the construction due to heavy rains.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Water, a finite resource

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This month we observe International World Water Day. Sustainable use and management of freshwater resources is critical because water shortage due to droughts in some parts of the world (time) can cause a shortage of and a rise in prices of food.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Renovation or new construction

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A SUCCESSFUL renovation project is marked by the seamless integration of the old and the new with careful planning and close collaboration with the owners.  No part of the project should stick out like an add-on

How can you tell if you should renovate or build a new structure? This is the quandary that many homeowners face when they want to extend the life of their house. Should they just renovate certain parts of the house or renovate the entire house, build from scratch or simply repaint the house to give it a new look?

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Designing a green vacation house

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COMPOSITE image of actual site with the 3D CAD rendering of vacation house simulating the sunlight and shadows at 3 p.m. in December. The building orientation ensures that there is no direct sunlight into the living room even at 3 p.m.  photo: ArchITECT Amado de Jesus & Associates/Green Architecture

Working in a foreign land for many years can be quite stressful. Given the work discipline and hectic schedule in industrialized countries, it seems inevitable that upon retirement, one would seek the quiet and relaxing atmosphere of a vacation house, away from the noise and pollution of a busy metropolis like Metro Manila.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Back to the factory or to the earth

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Some 1,500 tons of garbage are illegally dumped daily on private land, in rivers, creeks, Manila Bay…. Over P3.54 billion are spent annually on waste collection and disposal. These are some of the findings of the Asian Development Bank in 2003.

Posted: February 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

What is energy management?

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MARQUEE Mall in Angeles City

When people are asked, “What is the best way to reduce energy costs in a building or a house?” their instant reply is “by using solar panels or windmills to generate energy.” You will hardly ever hear them say “through energy management.”

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Lessons from Japan’s disaster

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“I wish that the people of your country could live normally and peacefully as early as possible by restoring all the damage caused by Supertyphoon Haiyan [Yolanda].” These are kind words spoken by our Japanese coordinator in a recent METI-sponsored Asean workshop on energy efficiency in buildings that I attended in Tokyo in December 2013.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Lessons from Japan’s disaster

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At 2:46 P.M. on March 11, 2011, a 7-magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific coastline of eastern Japan. It triggered a tsunami with high surges of 10 to 20 meters.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Is your roof typhoon-resistant?

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WHETHER wooden or steel structural framing is used for the roof trusses or rafters, it is vitally important to anchor these to load-bearing components of the house. Architect Amado de Jesus

Our country is visited yearly by about 20 to 24 tropical cyclones. Many Filipinos are aware of this and yet every year we witness roofs that are blown away during typhoons due to poor design and substandard construction methods and materials.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Increasing use of asbestos in Asia

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According to the World Health Organization, about 100,000 workers die annually from asbestos-related diseases out of 125 million people who are exposed to asbestos in the workplace.

Posted: November 8th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Property Guide | Read More »

Proper building orientation

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BY INPUTTING the altitude and longitude of the lot, design software can simulate exactly how the building will look under different sunlight conditions throughout the year.  In this way, the simulation is able to check if the building design and orientation are correct.  photo: Architect Amado de Jesus

“I like my house to face the morning sun” is probably one of the most popular requirements of people who want to build their house. Another one is, “I like to face the East when I get up in the morning.” Whether they realize it or not these people are talking about orientation.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Property Guide | Read More »

Nature-deficit disorder

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Remarkable Indonesia boasts of a young population where half of the number of people there are below 30 years of age.

Posted: October 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

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