James Hardie Philippines recently introduced “Discover,” an educational series which presents latest construction trends and building technologies to contractors, developers and manufacturers.
In its first series, it explores the use of more environmentally-conscious and sustainable building materials with Filipino builders and architects.
“This first Discover event was set up to serve as a think tank where industry players and specialists can come together to impart and exchange knowledge on new building technologies and trends,” said Liza Alde, James Hardie Philippines marketing manager.
“This will not be the last. We are ready to replicate Discover nationwide to better reach our architects and contractors. By providing our partners with access to the right information and solutions, we can help work together to address the changing needs of the market,” she added.
The series was launched in Manila and has already been brought to Pampanga.
Sustainable architecture through green building
Green building and mindful material use and re-use were the main points tackled in the discussion.
Carmelito Tatlonghari of the Green Architecture Advocacy of the Philippines highlighted the impact construction materials have on the environment. He urged builders and architects to first consider using materials that are better for the environment, cost-efficient, and durable in any project, and to utilize resources made available by green building rating systems like LEED and BERDE.
“The health of the people and the environment should be the utmost concern of any architect and contractor in any building,” said Tatlonghari. “Consider materials that have clean grades from green building rating systems and ready information on their lifecycle.”
Meanwhile, Net Saysay, Technical and Product Development Manager of James Hardie Philippines, discussed how building materials and practices that are mindful of the environment can benefit contractors, developers and even professional architects and engineers.
Saysay explained how HardieFlex fiber cement boards cater to the environmental needs of the Philippine market. She presented HardieFlex Eaves as the company’s newest product for green architecture.
The product is designed to help structures cool down naturally by allowing interior heat to escape as well as keep moisture away from the roof space.
The product is thick and durable, and is specifically designed to better withstand material degradation that is a common result of the harsh Philippine climate and the impact of natural disasters.
Moreover, It saves contractors 10 to 15 percent of labor costs since it is highly-customizable and can be tailor-fit for various home designs removing the need of cutting and reducing product waste.
“Aside from the above, HardieFlexEaves is a BERDE and LEED points contributor. The product contains no asbestos, a substance that is toxic to both people and the environment. It is both moisture and fire resistant,” Saysay revealed.
Architects, contractors and developers are encouraged to be part of the next Discover event.