It’s time to consider a sustainable lifestyle when you pick your new address in the outskirts of the city

WHILE IT’S NICE TO WAKE UP to a stunning city skyline, the stress of city living can be overwhelming sometimes. For instance, just 12 kilometers away from Ortigas is the sprawling township of Havila developed by Filinvest.

Havila encompasses three towns in Rizal province: Taytay, Antipolo, and Angono. It has four communities: Forest Farms, Villa Montserrat, Highland Pointe, and Mission Hills.

The developments are located in the mountains and offer a stunning view of Metro Manila and Laguna de Bay. The laidback surroundings make the outdoors more enjoyable, an option not readily available in the metro.

Havila is not just nature-inspired but also nature-driven. Following green design principles, the houses of Havila are designed to suit the region and climate. “The lots follow the terrain of the mountain. “We’re also using the ‘Buhos-Tibay’ building technology, which uses cast-in place cement. It’s more cost-efficient than traditional hollow-blocks and cement, making turnover faster without sacrificing the quality of the structure.”

The houses’ roof slab is also solid concrete, making the homes cooler and consequently lowering the cost of electricity consumption. Tree planting is also part of Filinvest’s advocacy for Havila—a conscious effort to make sure that the terrain is taken care of. Avida Land also employs green principles in their developments.

“Avida highly regards sustainability an important consideration when designing real estate developments. The thoughtful and careful incorporation of these practices not only addresses the impact to our environment but actually improves the living experience of the homeowners,” explains architect Jojo Fabricante, Innovation and Design Group Head. He also adds that all condo developments and village subdivisions by Avida Land support sustainability. Their projects in Nuvali, for instance, particularly the Ridgeview Estates Nuvali and Woodhill Settings Nuvali, employ sustainable measures. “With these projects, we made sure we had plenty of open spaces with lots of trees. We also gave our usual care and thought in the design to ensure minimal earth movement and that land planning worked with the terrain—not against it,” he says. Architect Jojo also notes that “thoughtful design, wise selection of materials, efficient construction management, responsible maintenance strategies—all contribute to a sustainable building that is harmonious to the environment and improves the lives of the people who live in it.”

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