Creating a sustainable future through passive design

The month of March is exciting for me because I have been given the opportunity to talk about sustainable architecture practices and their adaptability to Philippine conditions.

 Yesterday March 9, I had the privilege of speaking at the 2023 “Italian Design Day” at the Home Studio in San Juan City, an event organized by the Italian Embassy in the Philippines.

Today, March 10, I will be present at the event organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines at SMX with the title “Italy by Design.”

 I am quite enthusiastic to discuss and share sustainability and design in the Philippines. My topic is quite timely as I will be focusing on the importance of protecting the environment while developing real estate, through design.  

Italpinas Development Corp. (IDC), the company I established with my partner Jojo Leviste, is championing passive GREEN design.

IDC’s Verona Green Apartments in Cagayan de Oro utilizes passive design for a sustainable future

 By introducing passive GREEN design in architecture,  we are giving users the opportunity to be closer to natural elements through open spaces, gardens and parks, making living more pleasant both for the body and the mind. 

Primavera, Primavera City, Verona, and Miramonti are successful examples of sustainable developments in the country that are using passive green design strategies. To elucidate, IDC has won several awards for its unique environment-friendly and high-quality projects.

All IDC projects have been awarded, in different years as “Best Mix Used Condos in the Philippines” at the “Southeast Asia Property Award” and they are all rated GREEN by “EDGE” (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiency), the green rating system developed by the International Finance Corp. (IFC), which is part of the World Bank group of companies. 

In September 2022, IDC was cited by the Bank of the Philippine Islands as BPI’s Top Developer in Local Category placing in the Top 8 nationwide under its provincial category on its recent BPI Mid Year Appreciation Night 2022. 

Also this year, as in just yesterday, IDC got another award from BPI at The Metropolitan Theater as one of their top 10 local partners.

 Two years ago, yours truly was named the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year during the 10th Anniversary event of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines. 

I feel both honored and humbled by this recognition and more importantly, I feel even more inspired to promote sustainability in the Philippine property sector. 

 Through IDC, I want to share to our readers that a green design is applicable in a developing country like the Philippines. 

Our latest project Verona Green Apartments is proof that it is possible to pursue green design in economic development projects in the Philippines.  

In fact, the Verona project is a milestone for me and the company as it marks our entry into the economic housing segment. 

I believe there are lots of opportunities for players like IDC to address the housing backlog.

Again, I am grateful for the opportunity to share my humble contribution to the promotion of passive design for a sustainable future. 

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