Home as we know it in a post-COVID world
The physical restrictions resulting from efforts to contain the global COVID-19 pandemic have primarily impacted our way of life. As the various lockdowns have largely precipitated the phenomena of “work from home” and “housing on site”, owners have learned to assess how well our homes meet these new needs.
Have you ever thought about how your idea of home has changed dramatically, other than just providing a roof over your head and a comfortable place to sleep at night? As the pandemic is the result of a negative human impact on the natural environment, perhaps the most important lesson of all is to be more mindful of how we interact and coexist with others and with the environment.
By applying this concept to the home and shelter, this is where the idea of “green” or sustainable buildings comes into play as the ideal housing of the future. Sustainability has long been touted as the solution for humans to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic has simply underscored the need for such approaches to the design and construction of buildings.
The good news is that while the idea of sustainable living structures may be new to most, it is already a reality that you can benefit from. Long before the pandemic attack, a sustainable living solution was developed with foresight by independent real estate developer ISOC Land (I-Land). I-Land Residences Sucat is the Company’s first residential condominium development that has been purposefully designed to meet strict global standards for LEED certification.
This means that the design and development of the vertical community maximizes the use of energy, water and building materials, thereby reducing the impact on human health and the environment. In more ways than one, I-Land Residences Sucat is successfully redefining and responding to the need for what a home should look like in a post-COVID world:
A house that inspires.
Up to 60 percent of development is devoted to open spaces as part of its core focus on sustainability. Such freedom of physical movement inspires and encourages not only a more active daily lifestyle among its residents, but a commitment to sustainable living practices. Ventilated open hallways with natural lighting, adaptive reuse of rainwater for landscaping, and the use of energy efficient lighting fixtures not only bringing savings to residents, but also health and wellness benefits. Thanks to its strategic location, surrounded by supportive retail and commercial establishments, any cases of limited mobility such as those encountered during lockdowns are easily resolved on foot.
A house that adapts.
In residential units, smart and optimal planning of space provides the best everyday living experience for any type of resident – an ambitious professional, a newbie couple, a young family or a growing brood. Proper design and planning allows for adaptive reuse of space for work or study, which is a big life change that almost every homeowner has experienced during this pandemic. Unit elements such as balconies can be turned into an urban garden, for example, or used as an enlarged living space for recreation and exercise.
A house that nourishes.
Shared spaces such as amenities and public spaces provide more than sufficient distance between the inhabitants of the community. In addition, automated door access and other technological solutions such as smart switches for light fixtures are not only part of the sustainability measures, but also provide additional peace of mind with less physical contact between residents. During this pandemic, there are some of the most important health and safety considerations, especially for people living in vertical communities.
Just a year after its launch, I-Land Residences Sucat’s first tower has already been almost completely sold out – a testament to the growing recognition among Filipino residents of the value of making smarter, more beneficial choices not only in terms of ownership. investment and finances, but also in a future-proof life. Those looking to call I-Land Residences Sucat their home have the opportunity to do so with more units available in its second tower.
Sustainability doesn’t just mean respect for nature, but a more efficient and sustainable way for humans to coexist with it. It is time for Filipinos to take to heart the challenge of living a more sustainable daily lifestyle so that the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic are not wasted. I-Land Residences Sucat just might be the perfect home as we know it in a post-pandemic world.
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