So much has been said about sustainability from a corporate perspective. Businesses are becoming more sustainability-conscious, ensuring that they showcase their commitment through products, services, and processes. However, measures of sustainability are quite considerable, making every commitment a work in progress.

“Since there’s quite an extensive list of goals to be considered truly sustainable, especially in the real estate sector, we are committed to taking steps in areas where we can already ensure sustainability,” said Victor B. Consunji, founder and CEO, Victor Consunji Development Corporation (VCDC).

Victor B. Consunji, founder and CEO, Victor Consunji Development Corporation (VCDC).

For VCDC, the commitment to sustainability is evident in its holistic approach to design, which includes utilized technology and environment built.

Building resilient homes

How a house was built — the processes involved in construction — has a great impact on the environment. A company that values sustainability would look for means to minimize its carbon footprint contribution like future-proofing every build. This involves a continuous search for solutions, best practices, and materials.

“Sustainability starts with the design of the home — it needs to withstand the impact of climate change. This is possible with the use of quality materials during construction. Homeowners shouldn’t have to worry about rebuilding over and over again.”

The actual aesthetics of the property also matters to avoid the need for rebuilding and/or redesign. Timelessness is key.

“Of course, we also have to consider design applicability in future-proofing our properties. Design should be timeless, allowing homeowners to enjoy their properties without renovations for longer periods of time.”

With its approach to designing homes, VCDC envisions a future where properties could be passed on to future generations. “If such a thing happens, it has a big impact in cutting the carbon footprint.”

Living with a smaller carbon footprint

It’s easy to drop advice to save electricity. We can turn off appliances when not in use. However, when an environment requires one to depend on electricity — turning on the AC or fan during hot and humid days — it would be a challenge. VCDC has considered this situation and designed its properties to allow the use of natural elements to have lesser dependence on electricity.

VCDC properties like the Vie at Southern Plains and M Residences are equipped with large floor-to-ceiling glass walls and skylights to naturally light each home. The homes are also naturally ventilated through large windows, glass doors, and air wells that thrust hot air outward when left open.

“Our properties are designed to allow owners to bring the ‘outside in’ – natural light and fresh air. Such lessens the need for power lights or air conditioning which are both fossil fuel-dependent. We also offer homebuyers the option to solar-power their homes.”

Providing holistic sustainability

Another important measure of sustainability is the livability of the community. It is crucial to have a future-proof home in a community wherein wellbeing is a priority.

“We want the homeowners to take advantage of spaces and facilities that could aid in boosting their physical, social, and mental well-being. It’s basically living a life that’s more positive.”

VCDC homes are built with balconies and decks that may be utilized for physical and social activities. “This outdoor extension — they can use it to exercise, dine with family and friends, or even just lay there to catch some sun.”

Apart from the outdoor extensions of each home, VCDC developments also have other outdoor spaces for other activities. For instance, in its larger developments such as the Vie at Southern Plains, mature trees have been planted to mimic refreshing surroundings. These sprawling properties have a fitness park, basketball court, and even a dance hall. All of its properties are equipped with clubhouse facilities that also house swimming pools.

These considerations imply that VCDC ensures high-quality and trustworthy developments by building homes that are resilient to climate change, less dependent on fossil fuels, and creating spaces that are beneficial to the wellbeing of their residents. This shows how they value sustainability and utilization of land areas by making them better places to live in — which are guaranteed to last for a long period of time.

 

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