Smart Technologies That are Pushing for Sustainability in Property Development

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Homeowners and property developers nowadays are looking for ways to integrate smart technologies and sustainability in the planning and design process when building residential enclaves.

Imagine living a life without producing unnecessary waste and pollution and saving a ton of money in the long run. For homeowners who switch to and use smart technologies at home, not only do they enjoy a greener lifestyle but they get to have a wallet-friendly purse, too.

In this day and age of climate change and global warming, smart technologies for today’s residential abodes that promote sustainability efforts are both energy-efficient and cost-efficient. In the Philippine real estate industry, more and more property development firms are looking for ways to integrate smart technologies in the planning and design process of their residential and commercial projects and to incorporate sustainability-focused measures to utilize finite resources more efficiently.

A home that could generate its own clean energy

As smart technologies evolve and continue to advance, the homes of tomorrow could even be expected to produce their own clean energy while using less power. That’s a likely scenario and a far cry from the homes of today that tend to get their electricity from power plants that burn fossil fuels. In North America, Australia, and Europe, several prototypes of off-grid homes that could generate its own clean energy to fuel appliances are being built and tested with the goal of reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and coal-fired power plants.

Nowadays, solar panels are becoming ubiquitous, cheaper, and more sophisticated, with some of them seamlessly integrated in the architectural design of some homes. Even their battery packs are becoming more stylish, storing solar electricity which could be used during the night. There are also sensors and software that could program a house’s lights depending on the homeowner’s mood, as well as automate an abode’s cooling or heating requirement throughout day and night. When it comes to efficiency of water use, there are now a variety of shower systems, taps and faucets, and toilets that could recycle water so it could be used again for the garden and to flush the toilet. It won’t be long before smart technologies for homes would go the way smartphones have gone from how they were when Nokia ruled the mobile phone market a few decades ago.

Integrating sustainability measures in the design and planning process

In the Philippines’ property development market, sustainability efforts are focused on designing structures that offer access to views and daylight to ensure sufficient and efficient lighting, as well as thermal comfort, according to property markets specialist Jones Lang Lasalle Philippines.

For a tropical country like ours, green architecture often goes hand in hand with innovative design concepts that incorporate passive elements like the proper use of sunshades and walls to make the most out of the structure’s natural surroundings. That means maximizing the use of natural elements so that the materials needed could be minimized and used efficiently. If the green wonders of smart technologies would be incorporated into these design concepts in the Philippines, one could just imagine how much energy-efficient and environment-friendly Filipino homes would be in the future. Not only would smart homes reduce energy consumption, but it would also save homeowners money that they could have a lot of use for.

By incorporating sustainability measures in the design and planning process, homeowners can limit waste during the initial construction, as well as reduce the need for expensive modifications should there be changes in the future. A smart design also includes choosing the right kind of construction materials since they have a considerable effect not just on the initial costs involved but over the life span of the house.

Peace of mind and a sound investment

Nowadays, homeowners and tenants prefer to invest in properties designed to utilize all available resources more efficiently even if the initial costs of purchasing energy-efficient smart appliances and other items are more expensive. In the end, this would allow them to save on their monthly energy bills. These preferences among sustainability-minded tenants and homebuyers are actually based on investment principles that are prudent and are fast becoming a growing segment among property seekers. A property that is more eco-friendly and innovative is more appealing to tenants and homebuyers.

For many homeowners, having a smart and sustainable home can lead to the higher resale value of their property. The greater the demand for one’s smart and sustainable home, the higher the resale value. As an increasing number of older people prefer to stay longer in the comforts of their own home, investing in smart and sustainable abode is a sound one. Not only is it energy-efficient and cost-efficient, but it also gives homeowners peace of mind and that feel good factor of doing one’s share in protecting Mother Earth.

Sources: The Guardian, The Outlook Magazine, Queensland Government

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