BluHomes™ Gakakan, a name inspired by a native and endangered tree in the Philippines called Gakakan Tree, which is actually planted on the front yard of each home, is an eco-friendly housing project in Caloocan City developed by Aztala Corporation. It is the third development under the BluHomes™, a brand of homes that are eco-friendly.
The roof overhang of BluHomes™ Gakakan is 1 meter deep, almost double the conventional, to provide more shadow and reduce direct sunlight from hitting the external walls. Reflective white colors were used for the façade and roof to reduce heat being absorbed into the home. Under the roof is a 2” thick glass wool insulation to reduce the heat transfer from the roof. Exterior ceiling eaves are fully ventilated to allow the trapped heat inside the attic to escape instead of going into the home.
Operable windows at the highest part of the stairs were provided to allow hot air to escape out, a passive design strategy called stack ventilation. The ceiling height inside is 2.5 meters high and based on that ceiling height and the size of each room, the size of windows is calculated to balance the natural ventilation, natural light, and excess heat from the windows.
These passive design strategies were aimed to reduce the energy demand of the home, especially the cooling loads. A 660-watt grid-tied solar panel system was installed to offset some energy generated from burning fossil fuels into clean and renewable energy.
Dual-flush water closets were used in the toilets of BluHomes™ Gakakan with a low-water consumption of 3 liters and 6 liters per flush. Low-flow faucets were used for the lavatory and kitchen sink. Low-flow shower heads were also used.
BluHomes™ Gakakan is composed of 12 eco-friendly homes, each with 2 stories, 3 bedrooms, 2 toilets & baths, 1 car garage, 79sqm floor area and 74.25sqm lot area. Each home is fully-finished complete with tiles, ceilings, partitions and final paint. It is located in Malanting Street, Amparo Village, Barangay 179, Caloocan City.
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