Our windows are one of the main sources of heat inside our house. It is the weakest part the the "building envelope," which is the term used by engineers and architects to refer to the exterior shell of the house, particularly the roofs and walls, that are supposed to protect us from the outdoor environment. It is the easiest way for the heat of the sun to enter the house. The simplest way to cool our house significantly is by selecting the most efficient window covering.
BluHomes Breeze, a townhouse development in Amparo Caloocan, uses White PVC Horizontal Window Blinds for their window coverings to cool the house passively for 4 reasons.
1. It is color white
White is the coolest color among all colors. The lighter the color of a material, the less heat is absorbed by the material and the cooler the material becomes. When sunlight hits the white blinds, instead of absorbing the heat and letting it penetrate the house, it reflects the heat back to the outside.
2. It is PVC material
Plastic is considered as a low-conductive material. Conductivity is a property of a material that measures its ability to let heat pass through its body. Steel is highly conductive, that's why the steel spoon is hot when we use it for cooking. The less conductive the material is, like PVC, the less heat will transfer from one end to another. This means that the heat on the outdoor side of the window blinds is not being passed through the material and into the interior of the house.
3. It blocks the sun
Since it is horizontal, the blinds can be manually adjusted to control the amount of sunlight that you want to enter inside the house. You can totally or partially block the direct sunlight from entering the house with the blinds, thus giving you full control of the amount of light and heat you allow to enter your house.
4. It allows air to enter
When there is no air movement inside the house, you feel hotter. Wind that passes by your body makes you feel cooler because the wind pushes away the humidity around your body that makes you feel hot. Unlike curtains and shut-off blinds, horizontal window blinds can block the sunlight and yet allow for the air to enter the house, making the house cooler and more comfortable.
The purpose of building a house is to provide a home. In the future, it must be more than that.
All buildings are built for a purpose. A hospital building is built for health care to the community. A school building is built for providing education. A house is built to provide shelter. Buildings are built for a single purpose of satisfying basic human needs.
Houses built to contribute to the environment
Houses in the future must satisfy more than one purpose of providing shelter. It would be much better if the house that are being built contribute to the environment as well. Instead of adding burden to the environment and contributing negatively, why not contribute positively? Houses must be built to reduce its negative impact to the environment.
Houses with less energy demand
The first step is to reduce the energy demand of the house by building it using the concept of passive cool house. A passive cool house is a house built to be cooler and comfortable only by design, without air-conditioners, using better roof and wall insulation, cross ventilation techniques, and better house orientation and shading. This will significantly reduce the energy demand of the house.
House with solar panels
After designing the house with reduced energy demand, the next step is to build the house with renewable energy sources like solar panels. This will offset the energy sourced from dirty non-renewable energy and reduce its negative impact to the environment.
This is the vision of BluHomes for the future of the housing industry in the Philippines, to have houses that have less impact to the environment and are powered solely by renewable energy, mainly by solar power. With this kind of housing, the world will be a much better, healthier, and more sustainable.
Showing our love for Mother Earth doesn't need to be boring. It must be a celebration of the things that we take for granted. As BluHomes supports Earth Hour, here are the 5 fun activities that we can do when our lights are out during Earth Hour.
1. Play Traditional Games
Life can be as fun without gadgets! During Earth Hour, bring out your board games, playing cards, and other fun table games. You can play the traditional Filipino games outdoors like patintero, tumbang preso or taya-tayaan. Compared to gadgets where our kids play by themselves, these games will teach them the value of teamwork and camaraderie.
2. Star Gazing
You can see 10 times more stars when there are no lights around. Earth Hour is the perfect time to star gaze because the darkness allows the stars to stand-out and shine brighter. You will appreciate how beautiful and amazing the universe is when you see this many stars. Star gazing is also the perfect time to reflect on your life and discover something about yourself.
3. Set-up Picnic Outdoors
Take your dinner outside the house and set-up a picnic for you and your family. Celebrate the outdoors, appreciate the nature as-is without the man-made stuff, and bond with your family. No cellphones and no gadgets. Talk. Share stories. Appreciate each other's company.
Our house can be hot during Earth Hour. You are perspiring anyway, so why not exercise? You will surely sweat more and lose more. If you don't like the heat inside the house, go outside and jog. Breathe the outdoor air and see your neighborhood in a different perspective.
Studies show that the easiest way to sleep better and more deeply is to turn off all your lights. Earth Hour is that time. It is the perfect time for you to catch-up on your sleep. You are rejuvenating yourself and Mother Earth at the same time.
A cool house is a nature-friendly house. It reduces the consumption of air conditioners, which comprises of more than 50% of the average household energy consumption. How does light colors affect the temperature of a house?
Light colors reflect UV rays
Notice that when you wear a white shirt, you magically feel cool and comfortable. And when you wear a black shirt, you feel very hot. That is because black absorbs all the heat coming from the light of the sun, while white reflects everything. The lighter the color of the shirt, the more heat is reflected and the cooler you feel.
This is especially true in houses. The lighter the color of the walls and roof, the more UV light is reflected and the cooler the house.
Light colors are cool
Using light colors for the facade and roof makes the house significantly cool as it reflects the heat. The cooler the house, the less air conditioners that the homeowner will use and less energy they will consume. This makes the house nature-friendly as it reduces the energy that is drawn from power plants.
BluHomes Breeze in Amparo Caloocan uses this technique to make its townhouse nature-friendly. Its roof is color white and its facade is made up of very light colors. The result is a house that is relatively cooler and more comfortable compared to other conventional houses.
Grass in your home makes your life better, physically, spiritually, and psychologically. Here are four reasons why you should cover your yard with grass instead of concrete.
1. It makes surroundings cooler
Why is it that it's much cooler in the province compared to the city? It's because the ground in the province is mostly grass instead of concrete. Concrete has this property called Thermal Mass, wherein it absorbs the heat from its surroundings during warm temperature at daytime, and releases that heat during cold temperature at night. Grass, on the other hand, reduces this heating effect from concrete. It absorbs the heat coming from its surroundings and it releases oxygen that makes the surroundings cooler.
2. It cleans the air
Grass breathes-in carbon dioxide that is harmful for the environment and contributes to global warming. It replaces this carbon dioxide by releasing oxygen that is essential for our health and life in general. More grass means less carbon dioxide and more oxygen, which we need for our brains and lungs to function well.
3. It makes you relax
Studies have shown that seeing grass makes our brains relax and enhances our moods. For thousands of years, human beings were surrounded with trees and grass that serve as their home. Within the last 100 years, we got surrounded by this concrete jungle that makes us feel constrained. This is why our mood lightens up when we see a golf course.
4. It's beautiful
This is the exemption to the saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." All human beings are psychologically attracted to grass. It is ingrained in our DNA. Also, green is a very good contrast to the color of the house that is usually white, grey, beige or brown. Its color adds excitement to the boring, repetitive, and flat colors of the house.
These are the reasons why the front yard of BluHomes Breeze, a nature-friendly townhouse development in Amparo Caloocan, is covered with grass. It makes the surroundings cooler, cleans the air, makes us feel relaxed, and makes the house much more beautiful and exciting.
Natural air is free. It does not cost any money and it does not need energy from the electric grid. Using casement-type windows in our homes takes advantage of this green feature.
A casement-type window, commonly known as swing-type window, is a type of window that is hinged on one side and can be opened by swinging it outward. Unlike the common sliding-type window that can be opened by sliding it to the side and only half of the window is open, the casement-type window can be 100% full opened. This allows the natural air to have a larger access to enter the house compared to a sliding-type window that is only 50% open.
Also, when the window frames are fully swung open, it acts like a scoop to funnel-in the breezes that pass by the house allowing more air to enter.
BluHomes Breeze, a nature-friendly townhouse development in Amparo Caloocan, uses casement-type windows. Not only can it be 100% fully opened, its windows are also provided with insect screen to encourage the homeowners to harness this feature and not worry about insects entering the house. All its windows have white frames to reflect the UV rays coming from the sun, reducing the heat inside the house.
Harnessing this free air that nature provides will not only make our living more comfortable, it will also make our house nature-friendly.
BluHomes Breeze is a townhouse development in Amparo Caloocan that is walking distance only to MRT-7. It is designed as a passive cool house wherein the house in itself is already cool and comfortable without air conditioners. This makes the development nature friendly. #BluHomesPh #PassiveHouse #EcoFriendly
The exterior facade of BluHomes Breeze features very light colors to reflect the heat and make the house cool and comfortable for the homeowners. Beyond that, the house is designed as a passive cool house wherein, by smart design and architecture, it is already cool and comfortable without air conditioners.
BluHomes Breeze is located in Amparo Caloocan and is walking distance only to MRT-7.
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The difference between an ordinary seller and a professional seller is the depth of knowledge that he/she has regarding what he/she is selling. You have to know the project detail-by-detail so your Clients will view you as an expert that he can rely on.
1. What is included?
You have to know all the inclusions and exclusions of the price. Are the cabinets included? How about the partitions, ceilings and final paint? There are some developers who include already all the taxes and transfer fees in their prices, and there are some who exclude these. You have to know these details so that you Clients can weight their choices properly.
2. What's the finish?
Bare units are houses that do not include the final paint, ceiling, flooring, and sometimes partitions. Fully-finished units are houses that include the final paint, ceiling, flooring and partitions. Fully-furnished units are houses that have final paint, ceiling, flooring and partitions, and also the furniture. Clients have to know what to expect when they receive the units.
3. What is nearby?
Location, location, location. Nearby establishments are important for your Clients, as this hugely impacts their buying decision. You have to know the nearby malls, public transport, schools and churches. The nearest hospital is also very important in case of emergency.
4. What is its structure?
There are several types of construction in houses, and 2 are the most common for the country. Conventional structure is a structure with footings, columns, beams and slabs using the traditional way of building structures. Precast structures are houses whose structural members are built off-site and assembled on-site, much like Lego bricks. You have to know this technical part as your Client is concerned with the safety of their house.
5. Who is the developer?
You have to know who the developer is, who the owners are, and where they were established. Know the previous projects of the developer to know the quality of their projects. Your Client need to trust the developer so they can have piece of mind in their investment.