Italpinas Launches IDC Homes
The country’s first Italian-Filipino joint venture has taken aim at the country’s growing housing shortage with its latest affordable housing project.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s literary masterpiece, Italpinas Development Corporation introduced the newest development in Uptown Cagayan de Oro, Verona Green Apartments.
Verona Green Apartments offers privacy and a communal setting, with an intimacy maintained by its elongated shape running parallel to the main road (Masterson Avenue), and yet its gateway is literally across the main road from the bustling commercial center of Uptown Cagayan de Oro.
This project is just parallel to the Campus of the future by Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan, and just across the Mall and other important places in the area.
“Every unit will have a French balcony, and while the units range from 21-26 square meters, they will be livable, “Green” (with increased fresh natural ventilation typical of all IDC Projects), and very affordable which are ideal for the economical market,” Ar. Nati said in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the November 13 sales launch held at a local hotel.
A French balcony is also known as a “Juliet” balcony, a reference to Shakespeare’s play, where he wrote about how Juliet looked out of her bedroom window to talk to Romeo. It means a balcony without a floor. Instead, a large window or double doors open inward to reveal a balcony railing you can lean out of.
Verona Green Apartments will have a walk-up layout to keep the units accessible in terms of price, but as its name implies will also have the environment-friendly “green” features IDC pioneered and won design accolades for in its Primavera Residences and Primavera City units like solar PV panels to generate electricity for the common areas and further reduce operating and maintenance costs for its residents.
Nati said the project responds to Italpinas’ desire to make green residences accessible to people who cannot afford the previous units they constructed like Primavera Residences and Primavera City.
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Located in Uptown Cagayan de Oro, at its rising location, our innovatively designed projects are built with the beauty of Italian architecture and the principles of sustainability in mind.
1. PASSIVE AND ACTIVE GREEN STRATEGIES
The best principles of passive building technology will be used in Verona Green Apartments: shadow and sunlight control, wind cooling, and shape performance. Built-in with water saving system will ensure that the building will minimize water consumption for its maintenance and for landscape irrigation, thus reducing building operational costs.
2. STATE-OF-THE-ART SIMULATION
Rather than resorting to the usual trial-and-error, state-of-the-art digital design software, and simulation technologies have been used during the project’s concept phase to analyze the behavior of shadows, wind, and sunlight in and around the building. This allowed IDC to increase passive energy reduction features and even simulate the energy costs for residents, even at the project’s concept phase. It also allowed IDC to optimize the shape of the buildings and to select building materials with top sustainability characteristics, to cut construction costs and make the construction itself faster and easier. The structure itself will make use of locally sourced materials and local manpower to reduce the need for mobilization, which will end up being more eco-friendly.
Infusing modern features with eco-friendly architecture, Verona Green Apartments offers a fresh take on everyday living at the heart of Uptown Cagayan de Oro