Arthaland: Sustainability a key ingredient in every property dev’t project

Published November 24, 2022, 7:17 PM

by Alexa Basa

• The company aims for all its projects to have net zero carbon footprint by 2030.

• Arthaland Senior Vice-President Oliver Chan said the company is about 60 percent into implementing decarbonization.

• Eluria, a luxury residential development in Legazpi Village in Makati City, features 100 percent double-glazed and low-E glass which protect units from heat and noise; an indoor terrace garden with bi-fold windows.

• All its projects, whether mid-scale, high-end, or ultra-luxury projects, will be certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE), Well Building Standard (WELL), and Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE).

Arthaland Senior Vice-President Oliver Chan talks about “Sustainable Residences: Why is it a Better Investment.” (Screengrab from Manila Bulletin)

Property developer Arthaland, known for luxury office and residential projects such as the Arthaland Century Pacific Tower and Arya Residences, aims to make sustainability a “key ingredient in every real estate development.”

In the first Manila Bulletin Sustainability Forum which opened Nov. 23, Arthaland Senior Vice-President Oliver Chan presented the importance of sustainable residences, highlighting the importance of looking at sustainability as more than caring for the environment. It also pursues financial and social responsibilities and achieves sustainable well-being.

He revealed that Arthaland is on the way to achieving a net zero carbon footprint for 100 percent of its portfolio by 2030. To date, Chan said the company is about 60 percent into implementing decarbonization.

He cited some of the sustainable features and designs of Arthaland’s residential projects which support the company’s aim to achieve a net zero carbon by 2030:

Eluria, a luxury residential development in Legazpi Village in Makati City, features 100 percent double-glazed and low-E glass which protect units from heat and noise; an indoor terrace garden with bi-fold windows; and a white-glove service of the “highest quality personalized service.”

Chan said all of its projects, whether mid-scale, high-end, or ultra-luxury projects, are going to be certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE), Well Building Standard (WELL), and Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE).

Because of the features and processes which has placed sustainability into its products, he said residents can expect lower utility bills.

Another environment-friendly feature of their products is the use of rainwater harvesting to recycle rainwater for toilet use and plant irrigation, he said.

For mid-scale development projects, Chan said units are well-lighted because they are designed with 2.1-meter high windows to allow more air and sunlight to enter the units.

Arthaland also uses an energy recovery ventilator (used in Una Apartments), where air is preconditioned, thus, would be less humidified in the units.

He said they also use a NAVIS mobile application so residents could communicate with the administration office and monitor their transactions.

When it comes to health and wellness, Chan said that Arthaland has a partnership with the Medical City health and wellness clinic exclusive to residents. The arrangement offers free consultations, health and wellness seminars and activities, and discounts for hospital stay.

Chan said all its development projects are designed with potager gardens for fresh fruits and vegetables. According to him, that will allow fresh produce to be delivered to the residents’ doorsteps every month.

Arthaland is the only real estate developer in the Philippines with a 100 percent certified sustainable portfolio. It is also the first real developer in Asia to become a signatory to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment of the World Green Building Council.

Arthaland was one of the companies that joined the two-day Manila Bulletin Sustainability Forum on Nov. 23 to 24. With the theme “Beyond Green,” the online forum featured companies who presented how their efforts went beyond green practices to achieve sustainability, calling everyone to incorporate it to their daily lifestyle, leisure, and business.

On Day One, companies such as SM Investments Corp., Megaworld, Filinvest Land also joined Arthaland in the morning session. City of Dreams, Wilcon, Watsons, Unilever, and Lixil were the presentors in the afternoon session.

Day Two featured the Department of Tourism, Bank of the Philippine Islands, International Container Terminal Services, Inc., Wilcon, and Unilever. Coca-Cola Philippines, Aboitiz Power, Toyota Motor Philippines, and Manila Bulletin.

 
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