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Energy-efficient buildings pushed

THE rotational brownouts in Mindanao might have waned, but the region is still in the midst of a power crisis.

As the power crisis continues, consumers are left to bear the brunt of brownouts and rising electricity costs.

Italpinas Euro-asian Design and Eco-
Development Corp. (ITPI) chairman and
chief executive Arch. Romolo Nati believes
that constructing sustainable buildings does
not need to be costly.
What can property developers then do to help minimize the consumers’ dependence on the power grid while at the same time offer affordable projects? How can they make buildings more energy efficient?

These queries were raised by a highly acclaimed “sustainable architect and designer who currently heads a Cagayan de Oro based property development firm.

Italpinas Euro-asian Design and Eco-Development Corp. (ITPI) chairman and CEO Arch. Romolo V. Nati, said that using a combination of smart grid technology, renewable energy sources and high-performance design may just be the solution.

“Renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic solar panels can reduce the power consumption of a building and save on electricity costs,” shared Nati.

“Energy produced from the solar panels can be used to power some areas, if not all, of the building, thus making it self-sufficient and less reliant on the grid.”

According to Nati, integrating these renewable sources with the smart grid technology will further make the building energy-efficient. A smart grid is a computer-based, remote-controlled system that regulates the power supply and efficiency of a building or house.

ITPI is a young Cagayan de Oro property developer specializing in sustainable architecture and design. Its first project, Primavera Residences, is the first eco-friendly condo complex in Cagayan de Oro.

“Designing buildings in consideration of the surrounding environment and local climate will also enable developers to build sustainable structures that can withstand extreme weather conditions. This is what we call high-performance design, Nati said,

However, there is a general misconception that green buildings are expensive to develop. As a sustainable developer, I believe that constructing sustainable buildings does not need to be costly. You just have to come up with a design that does not use expensive materials in order to build affordable projects,” shares Nati.

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