Monday, July 13, 2015

SHDA to hold forum on green housing


The Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA) has set its second annual housing expo from Thursday, July 16 to Sunday, July 19 at the Megatrade Hall 1 in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong.

The event, this time around, will focus on environmental sustainability. To this end the SHDA is holding a business forum titled "Greening the Housing Road Map" on Thursday, July 16, from 2 to 5 p.m.

"As developers, we support the initiative for the housing industry to follow an approved ecologically-sound building standards. People think it costs too much to incorporate ecological measures into homes or buildings. But the truth is, residents actually save money in the long run," issued Armenia Ballesteros, SHDA President.

"Savings can come in so many ways," said Ballesteros. "For example, residents will be able to enjoy drastic reductions in monthly electricity and water bills if they live in homes that allow more natural light and fresh air to come in as well as use water-saving faucets and toilet flushing systems."

Ricky Celis, SHDA chair, noted that “[o]ne of the main challenges facing the house building sector in the near and distant future is the need to respond to climate change, both to cope with its ongoing effects (flooding, increasing the frequency and severity of weather events, soil erosion and landslides)."

"Adapting to the changing climate will impact on the design, construction, location, cost and operation of these new homes and other residential buildings in the next few decades," stated Celis.

Titled "Bring Home Your Dream," SHDA's first housing expo was held last year, on August 11 to 17 at the Glorietta Activity Center.

The SHDA is also set to hold its annual convention on September 17 to 18 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.


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