Developing Sustainability in Real Estate: IDC CEO Speaks at NAI RCL PH
June 11, 2020 – As a result of the pandemic, there is renewed interest in Healthy Buildings and the pursuit of healthy lifestyles. Insights and considerations into developing environmentally sustainable projects are presented from the architectural and interior design points of view.
Romolo Valentino Nati is a multi-awarded Italian architect and the Chairman and CEO of Italpinas Development Corporation, a publicly listed Italian-Filipino real estate development company that specializes in the design and development of sustainable buildings in emerging cities across the Philippines. Recently shares his knowledge regarding sustainability in the real estate industry during a webinar meeting hosted by NAI RCL Philippines.
Nati staunchly believes in working with materials available in the local site. He explains: “For a building to be green, it doesn’t need expensive technology or materials. However, software, together with the designer’s insight, can be used to address the unique conditions present in a particular location.” He cites significant details such as the angle of sunlight during different times of the day, the wind factor, rainfall and possible efficiencies in water collection as well as a host of other elements.
IDC is committed to environmental sustainability through elegant architectural solutions and trademark contemporary Italian aesthetic. Nati said green and open spaces in a natural environment is good for mental health at a time where people’s lives are filled with anxiety and fear.
“The bottom line is that people now understand how important it is to live in a healthier environment. In green, open, and natural environments the exposure to sunlight has proven to hamper the spreading of the virus. Fresh air and a connection to the outdoors has also become important for our mental health,” according to the Arch. Nati.
If you consider these things, Nati said it is easy to anticipate an increased interest in better, cleaner, healthier and greener living spaces that have more natural light and are naturally ventilated.
These design philosophies are showcased in Italpinas’ first visible presence in the Philippines—the award-winning Primavera Residences and Primavera City in Cagayan de Oro. Primavera Residences bagged the Best Mixed-Use Development in the Philippines in the 2014-2015 Asia Pacific Property Awards, the Leadership in Sustainability Design & Performance Award in the Philippine Green Building Council Awards 2016 and a certification by EDGE (the IFC/World Bank green building-accrediting body).
Primavera City has also received EDGE accreditation, and has been awarded as the Best Mixed Use Building in the Philippines by the Asian Property Awards in 2017. The latest feather on IDC’s cappello (hat) arrived in November 2018 with its Miramonti Green Residences winning Best Innovation Project of 2018 from Lamudi, the prestigious online real estate platform.
IDC is now taking steps to stay abreast of market sentiment so that it can continue to fine-tune product offerings and be even more relevant to the market in the post-pandemic period than ever before.