BluHomes Gakakan, is an eco-friendly housing project in Caloocan City developed by Aztala Corporation, a local real estate developer. The project is the third development under the sustainability-focused BluHomes brand, named after the Gakakan Tree, a native and endangered tree in the Philippines, one of which is planted in front of each home. The development consists of 12 units with a floor area of 79 square meters. Perforated pavers with grass were used for sidewalk instead of plain concrete to reduce thermal mass inside the subdivision.
To meet international standards for resource efficiency, energy and water-saving technologies were incorporated into the design, construction and internal processes of the building. Reflective paint, roof insulation, solar photovoltaics and an LED lighting reduce the units’ energy use, while water-efficient plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption resulting in a more sustainable construction and a lower carbon footprint.
BluHomes Gakakan has received Final EDGE Advanced Certification from the Philippine Green Building Initiative (PGBI).
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reduced window to wall ratio, reflective paint for the roof and external walls, insulation for the roof, natural ventilation with operable windows, energy-saving lighting in indoor areas, and solar photovoltaics to provide 13.68 % of total electricity use.
Dual flush for water closets, low-flow faucets for kitchen sinks and washbasins.
In-situ reinforced concrete slab for the floor, steel sheets on steel rafters for the roof, exposed brick with internal plaster for external walls, medium weight hollow concrete blocks for internal walls, vinyl and ceramic tile flooring and aluminum window frames.
*Part of the energy efficiency percentage may be associated with virtual energy for comfort depending on the presence of heating and cooling systems. Note that virtual energy does not contribute savings to utility bills.