Cebu firm builds ‘green village’

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Sunday, December 23, 2012


CEBU-BASED Greenovate Corp. is building a “green village” in Barangay Agus, Lapu-Lapu City called Agus Green Home Town.

Greenovate Corp. general manager Pinky Sy said the company is building its first green residential subdivision to address the growing demand for “green” houses in Cebu.

The project, which sits on a 1.4 hectare property, will have 130 residential units priced from P3 million to P5 million. The company will start construction by the second quarter of 2013.

Sy is optimistic the concept of green subdivisions will work in Cebu, given the heightened awareness of locals about green and sustainable living.

Prior to the venture, Greenovate had renovating traditional houses to become “green” in Talamban, Daanbantayan, Bantayan, Liloan, SM SRP and Ozamis. The company said it uses environment-friendly designs and affordable construction materials in building houses.

The company has an existing green house model unit in Banilad.

Cebu is ready

“We believe that the Cebu market is ready for green home technology,” Sy said.

Although market awareness is already present, Sy said there should be continued education about green architecture, especially that green home building is perceived as an expensive investment.

“Green is not necessarily expensive. One thing’s sure: it has long-term benefits,” she said.

Greenovate recently partnered with a Singapore-based Grenzone Pte. Ltd.,a company focused on eco-designed building systems.

Greenzon engineer Liong Siok Jen said investing in green homes is like “saving money in the end” because green homes give security and are easy to construct and durable.

She said there are also affordable eco-designed home building materials that are now
available in the market.

Liong Siok said they are working closely with Greenovate in coming up with a house design that fits the Cebu landscape using their own materials. She said green homes are ideal in island countries like the Philippines because its technology is sustainable and can withstand natural calamities.

In a presentation, Liong Siok unveiled to Greenovate the company’s 36-square meter Eco-Designed House Studio 36i that uses concrete slabs, fusion weld light gauge steel, Axide Board and Natural Fiber Composite Panel, which they are building in Singapore.

The model house unit cost $15,000 to $20,000 move-in condition.

Liong Siok said building elements of eco-designed homes are designed, tested, pre-fabricated, and pre-integrated in a package. Its construction does not involve the use of heavy construction machinery and saves at least 30 percent of construction time.

Eco-designed houses of Grenzone have built-in solar capability for self-sufficient energy demand. A single solar panel cost $150. A house with one television, five lighting, and one mobile phone can source power from four solar panels.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 24, 2012.

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