ARYA RESIDENCES: Green And Gracious Living In The Metro

Borrowed from the Sanskrit language, "Arya" which means "noble" or "respectable" in English, is a fitting name for ArthaLand"s flagship project.

After all, with nobility comes responsibility. It means doing right with all the privileges bestowed upon you.

The increasing issue of environmental pollution has brought upon the advent of green construction. Responding to this world-challenge, a pioneering Philippine developer takes the lead in building an eco-sustainable project. ArthaLand"s brainchild, Arya Residences is an example of this: a high-end residential building that will soon tower the Bonifacio Global City skyline.

With the slogan, "Live well. Live right," Arya Residences embodies ArthaLand"s vision of offering world-class living without compromising the state of the environment.

Eco-Friendly Location

Arya Residences will be built on McKinley Parkway corner 8th Avenue, a very suitable residential location for those who work or have businesses in the metro’s major business districts. It is also near world class academic and medical institutions, leisure destinations and shopping and entertainment hubs. This means future residents will have lesser need for motorized transportation, thus saving on fuel cost while being friendly to the environment.

The property’s strategic location is well chosen to allow the residents to enjoy the comforts and convenience of city living but takes them away from the hustle and bustle it may bring along. The 6,357 sq. m. site is bounded by three major roads but sits on the quieter, less crowded side of Bonifacio Global City.

ArthaLand president and CEO Angie Lacson shares that, “the project being in Bonifacio Global City, one of the country’s emerging future-ready and sustainable districts, is a good starting point to build a truly eco-friendly development.”

Arya Residences is the country’s first residential development that is registered to US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) with a certification goal of Gold. This means, the developer and its technical team follow a stringent set of rules to ensure environmentally sustainable practices and measures are properly integrated in the project, from site selection, construction ,up to delivery and maintenance.

The LEED Green Building Rating System was developed by the US Green Building Council, a Washington D.C. based non-profit organization committed to ensure a prosperous and sustainable future through cost efficient and energy-saving buildings. In the United States alone, 14,000 projects are LEED-certified. LEED also has projects in 30 countries.

Power Team Players

ArthaLand is composed of a power team of real estate heavyweights. Top level executives carry more than 100 years of combined real estate experience gathered from various top developers in the country and abroad. ArthaLand’s people have been handpicked for their real estate background and vision. Encompassing projects inside and outside Manila, ArthaLand’s group players have worked on One Roxas Triangle and The Residences at Greenbelt in Makati, St. Francis Towers in Ortigas, Pasig City and Nuvali in the province of Laguna. The companies they’ve worked for include DMCI, Ayala Land, Saudi Aramco, and Rockwell Land.

As for the architectural design and planning, ArthaLand acquired the services of Crone Partners Architecture Studios of Sydney, Australia to team up with local design company AIDEA. Lacson says that ArthaLand chose to work with this Australian firm for their expertise in sustainable design.

Green Design and Construction

Taking water and energy conservation in consideration, ArthaLand is finding alternatives to conventional construction materials. According to Lacson, ArthaLand is targeting the use of at least 10% of the project materials with recycled content.

ArthaLand is also looking into using materials and finishes from renewable sources like bamboo engineered wood. The company would also like to consider the use of paint and adhesive materials with low hazardous fume emissions that may pollute the indoor environment.

“Just as mankind has the power to push the world to the brink so, too, do we have the power to bring it back into balance.”
– HRH The Prince of Wales addressing UN Climate Conference COP 15, Copenhagen

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