Cost of a Green Building

29 Nov

I read an article from Inquirer about a house in Ayala Alabang which incorporates the usage of renewable energy (from solar panels to wind turbines).

What does this decision to apply such energy system imply?

change in lifestyle (smaller carbon footprint)

incurs capital cost but with energy savings (payback period)

To read more about the report, you can visit:

http://business.inquirer.net/money/features/view/20101126-305551/Sun-and-wind-power-this-house

A decision can mean multiple consequences.

Hope you can build your dream house, a GREEN one in the future!

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6 Responses to “Cost of a Green Building”

  1. Stella December 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    A few years back, I perceived my life as a long event centered on the concepts of wealth and power. Certain experiences in my life convinced me to believe that these two concepts controls everyone’s decisions in life— most especially mine. Perhaps, even my decision to take Civil Engineering was based on this perception.

    As I grew older (and hopefully wiser), I realized that there is more to this profession. And probably, wealth and power are just mere consolation prizes.

    I know that this topic I wrote about is very, very cliche, but sometimes we need someone (or something) to remind us the much deeper and more important things in life.

    As of this moment, I can’t exactly pinpoint the things that I am referring to, but someday I will…And I hope you will as well. 🙂

  2. enggeconomy December 8, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    good reflections on the article

    a good start for our blog indeed…

    keep sending journal entries through this venue!

  3. Myron January 2, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/innovation/12/09/sail.ships.cargo.transport/index.html?hpt=Sbin

    Green engineering has recently received a more aggressive increasing trend in support and use. It is interesting to note that the old school way of transport by sailboat has received a bit of an upgrade to match the ever growing demand for shipping of goods while considering the decreasing supply of fossil fuels.

    After so many years of the birth of the industrial age, humanity has started to acknowledge the fact that resources are limited and must be used efficiently and effectively.

  4. Mina January 3, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Knowing how to utilize our natural resources sure has great benefits. It is really interesting to see, like what Mr. Raquelsantos did, that we are, little by little, participating to the green building project.
    I read an article from the site of Philippine Green Building Council. It is about the industry leaders, like the NET Group and the Ayala Land Inc., participating and promoting BERDE(Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence) – the Philippines’ Green Building Rating System. It is good to know that our country is now becoming active to the green project, that we have our own green building rating system and that industry leaders, so as our president (as seen in his message to the organization, also posted in the site), supported the project. We may not yet see the results now, but knowing that this rating system will serve as a guideline for the present and future developers makes it more possible for us to see more green buildings in the future.
    I also found an article in the internet regarding the top 10 renewable energy breakthroughs of 2010.
    http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/10-breakthroughs-in-renewable-energy-technology-in-2010/
    It’s a good thing that humans don’t stop finding for ways on achieving better renewable energy technologies. I just hope that an affordable renewable energy technology may be invented so that all of us can afford it. 😀

  5. marcgerardlao January 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Blog Entry 1:

    Here’s an interesting read: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110105121131.htm

    The article, which promptly reminds us of the significance of environmental engineering, shows a new discovery regarding the possible conversion of sewage water into useful potential energy.

    If the said process is properly studied and utilized, it will most likely create an impact on the availability of energy all over the world.

  6. marcgerardlao January 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    Blog Entry 2:

    Tired of light bulbs that just do not last long?

    Luckily, there is a new product being developed. It’s called the Electron Stimulated Luminescence bulb, or ESL for short.

    Made of inexpensive, easy-to-find, and recyclable materials, its price should undoubtedly be cheaper than the current light bulbs. On top of that, the ESL bulb is a more energy-efficient alternative to the traditional bulbs being used nowadays.

    http://www.enn.com/energy/article/42261

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