Northpoint goes greener-A A +A
Friday, June 22, 2012
A LANDMARK condo development in Davao, the British colonial themed Camella Northpoint, is going greener. Camella Davao general manager Marlon B. Escalicas talks about how green architecture plays a key role in their homeowners' healthy living.
What specific benefits do Camella Northpoint residents get from the green buildings?
Nowadays, people place a premium on wellness, living a healthy lifestyle to get more out of life. It's not only about exercise or eating healthy; we also need to create an environment where we can achieve wellness in a holistic kind of way. A major part of that is destressing from daily pressures of life.
We normally turn to nature for its serenity and beauty to wipe away our urban stresses. That is why we find happiness and comfort when we see beautiful trees and flowers right outside our doorstep. It helps us relax when we breathe fresh air within an ambiance of a lush and green landscape.
This is why we made Camella Northpoint as green as possible, making it the only condo community in the heart of the city that has its own patch of green.
We invested over P4 million worth of specially-bred Caribbean pine trees to augment its already lush landscape of age-old trees and robust plant life. We brought the green outdoor inside the condo buildings by introducing indoor gardens replete with live plants that thrive in natural lighting and ventilation. Our privileged unit owners do not feel choked or cramped. In fact, we can claim that Camella Northpoint is the only condo development in Davao City that breathes.
How do your residents feel about living in a green building?
Our residents feel very good about living in Northpoint. They enjoy the comforts of modern living being very near malls, schools, commercial establishments, hospitals, churches, public transport and many others. Yet they live within the peace and serenity of a quiet and safe neighborhood that thrives within a green environment.
Most of them find it soothing to just laze at the clubhouse or the indoor atrium because of the greenery around them. Mornings are invigorating as they breathe in the crisp pine scent of the Caribbean pine trees. They look forward to going home as it gives them the delightful experience of being welcomed by a cool and fresh ambiance that revives their spirits after a tiring day.
Do residents have any contribution or participation in maintaining their green community?
Our residents planted some of the Caribbean pine trees in a community tree-planting activity last year, even tagging the saplings with their names. Now, they feel very happy seeing their adopted trees growing tall and robust. Their monthly association dues are also put to good use by our property management team, enabling them to maintain and enhance the natural beauty of the condo property, especially as our unit owners are very conscious about cleanliness and proper waste disposal.
Are there other green building principles that Camella intends to introduce in Northpoint's future condo structures?
In our desire to infuse more principles of green architecture into our buildings, we will introduce the concept of "sky courts" in our 4th building which will be launched soon. This feature emphasizes the utilization of natural ventilation and lighting that allow plants to grow inside the building. This new building will be filled with natural gardens that will further enhance the healthy living that we advocate, and it is going to be the first of its kind in Davao City.
Is there a difference between Camella’s green buildings and those of other developers, in Davao and in other cities?
I believe we are the only developer that truly adheres to green architecture in Davao. We did not maximize the space mainly for structures to give our unit owners a lot of breathing space and a more nature-friendly environment.
We have all the amenities and features that most condo projects have but we are the only one with Caribbean pine trees, preserved ancient trees, a lush landscape, even a natural spring within the development. Add to that its prime location, Camella Northpoint’s value is incomparable. At Camella Northpoint you Breathe Green, Feel Green, and Live Green.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 22, 2012.