BUILDING properties with a heart, caring for the environment and the wellness of the buyers as well, that is the ArthaLand way.
With the passion for building boutique, world-class and sustainable developments embedded in ArthaLand Corporation’s DNA, every ArthaLand development is sure to be a green development you can be proud of.
“These three will always be at the core of all projects, in whatever business segment that we serve,” said ArthaLand president and chief executive officer Angie de Villa-Lacson.
Since its inception, ArthaLand has made it a mission to ensure that all of its products will promote sustainability. A testament to this is the green building certifications its projects have received and targets to achieve.
Among these green-certified projects is the Arya Residences project in Bonifacio Global City, which is the Philippines’ first and only top-end residential development to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Similarly, the two-tower residential development which was launched in 2010, is also the benchmark vertical residential development in Philippine Green Building Council’s Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) rating system.
“I’ve always wanted that sustainability will be part of our values. That’s part of the vision from the beginning,” De Villa-Lacson said.
Despite starting off on a residential project, ArthaLand has proven that green building can be incorporated in various types of developments, as its next two projects cater to the office market. Of these are the ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower—which is currently underway—in Bonifacio Global City and the recently unveiled Cebu Exchange project in Cebu City.
Following the footsteps of the Arya Residences, the ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower is currently on its way to achieving dual green certification from the LEED and BERDE programs of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Philippine Green Building Council, respectively.
At present, the ongoing development is already pre-certified in the Gold category in the LEED rating system.
Similarly, ArthaLand also targets to have its Cebu Exchange project also dual-certified by both LEED and BERDE.
“You have to be constructing something that you can be proud of,” De Villa-Lacson expressed.
“And because if there is pride in what you do, then you do it better. You do it well. It’s really about pride in what you’re doing. That you’re doing something that is right,” the female CEO added.
In line with having pride in what the company is building, De Villa-Lacson emphasized that ArthaLand is also educating the construction workers—who are part of making the firm’s vision of building sustainable developments true—about green building.
“There were lectures by the head of our technical persons giving them [construction workers]a 15 minute talk every morning just to remind them. It really requires a lot of education not only for the buyers but also for the construction workers,” De Villa-Lacson said.
With the initial notion of green building being expensive, most people have the idea of putting up a green development is rather difficult not only in terms of finances but in also securing green building certifications.
However, De Villa-Lacson noted that with determination and hard work, green building is achievable.
“It’s not difficult if you really are determined,” De Villa-Lacson said. “There is additional work that needs to be done. There is additional cost. But you have to believe in it because it’s not just about money it’s really about value. Because at the end of the day, it’s really about the value you give to the buyers.”
Among these value offered to ArthaLand’s buyers is the savings they get in operational costs.
“You give them savings in operational costs which is a big thing for the buyers,” De Villa-Lacson said.
Over the recent years, the awareness for green buildings has significantly grown, with other property developers also venturing in sustainable projects.
With the emerging interest for green developments from not only developers but also individuals who want to own a piece of green property, De Villa-Lacson expressed her fulfillment.
“It’s been very rewarding—not just from a financial point of view but seeing what you produced—what you actually built,” De Villa-Lacson said.
“It’s also fulfilling to see the way people are beginning to understand and accept that sustainability is possible and must be patronized,” the CEO concluded.