In this disposable world that is characterized by rapid changes and planned obsolescence, don’t expect everything to last. Like a ticking time bomb, there’s an expiration date for what you have. And like it or not, all good things will eventually come to an end.
However, one developer is changing the face of the real estate industry in the country with its groundbreaking solution to the age-old housing problem. The company specializes in solar-powered homes that last a hundred years and every unit comes with this amazing warranty.
Indeed, Imperial Homes Corporation has become the Philippines’ most innovative and sustainable housing developer thanks to its low-cost housing project, Imperial Lifetime Homes. A first in the country and in the world, the budget-friendly and sustainable community was recently unveiled at Via Verde Subdivision in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The units are easy to assemble like Lego bricks and can be put up in a few hours. They are ideal for newly-married couples and small families.
Because this peaceful dwelling relies on the sun for energy, you won’t hear residents complaining about their electric bills. On the contrary, one of them boasted that he was paying only P11 a month for electricity! For its solar panels, the company was awarded for Excellence in Design and for Greater Efficiencies after passing the global standard for green buildings.
“The solar-powered homes help reduce climate change since the production of the concrete panels uses less cement. This reduces CO2 emissions. We are the first to do this in the country,” according to Emma Imperial, CEO of Imperial Homes Corporation.
But the secret to the units’ longevity lies in the material. They are made of Connovate, a high-performance concrete building technology developed in Demark. The housing panels have the strength of 14,000 psi, can withstand up to a thousand degrees of heat, and are resistant to molds, pests, and deterioration – things that can make homeowners sick.
Due to its 100-year lifespan, the value of the units will be three times more than non-lifetime homes owing to lower renovation costs. From an affordable price range of P1.6 to P1.9 million, units are projected to increase in value at P7.5 million in 30 years compared to non-lifetime homes, which will cost only P4.2 million. Refurbishment costs are also lowered by 166 percent in 30 years.
All this is made possible with the company’s partnership with Connovate Philippines Inc. (CPI) that has the exclusive production licensing agreement from Connovate Denmark. The automated Danish factory located in Silang, Cavite is known in the country as the fastest developer and can install six ground floor units a day.
For its speedy construction, CPI addresses one of the biggest problems in the country’s housing backlog. Many low-cost housing developers can’t deliver quality homes to buyers and units typically last for 30 years only.
“Our project is better because of the 100-year material lifespan on the panel system, which means bigger savings. Because it is built to last for several generations, we also call it a ‘pamana’ home,” Imperial said.
“Big savings on electricity, refurbishments, and hospital bills make Imperial Lifetime Homes the wise choice for low-income Filipinos looking for world-class green homes that will last forever. This marks the beginning of a new era in low-cost housing in the Philippines,” she concluded.