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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 »

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 »

Green criteria for buying a house

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When buying a home, most people are not very clear on what to look for. Some would prioritize location, pricing and developer branding. Others would look for amenities like a homeowner clubhouse, swimming pool or gym. However, people do not pay enough attention to the features that really matter.

Posted: September 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Protecting yourself from greenwashing

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When one decides to buy a condominium unit, a townhouse or a house, one is most likely to confront several claims about the environmental features of the project. Most developers and contractors will try to entice you to buy their products because they help you live a better life and they help save the planet. In reality, are they telling the truth or are they practicing greenwashing?

Posted: August 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Humidity in bathrooms

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The bathroom is one of the most important and frequently used areas of the building. It poses specific safety concerns that are best addressed as early as the design stage. The primary issue would be the presence of moisture that can have far-reaching effects on the longevity of the bathroom area and its immediate surrounding rooms, as well as adverse effects on the health of the people using the bathroom.

Posted: August 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Green building market transformation

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A MANDATORY green building code is central to the instruments for green building market transformation.  photo: Philippine Green Building Initiative

The Philippines faces two significant challenges with regard to environmental sustainability. First, energy prices represent one of the highest energy tariffs in the world. Therefore, a significant part of the population could face energy poverty, according to a study.

Posted: July 27th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

How to protect your house from water damage

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PROTECTING your home from water damage starts with providing enough roof overhang. photo: Architect Amado de Jesus & Associates

Singaporeans readily acknowledge that they have three kinds of weather: hot, hotter and tropical. In the Philippines, we have only two kinds: dry and wet. During the dry season, temperatures and humidity go up. During the wet season, people deal with torrential rains and destructive floods.

Posted: May 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Green fire safety measures

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As we learn to adopt green design, whether driven by legislation, corporate policy or well-intentioned environmentalism, there is one aspect in the building industry that seems to be a disconnected issue—fire safety.

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

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