If you follow the innovation of green or eco-friendly structures, you probably have encountered the LEED accreditation more than once in all your readings and research. The LEED accreditation is mandated by the US Green Building Council and is usually given to large-scale buildings that are able to meet the specific list of requirements that entail the structure to be self-sustaining to a certain level.
In the recent years, the number of high rise building that has been able to attain the different ranks for the LEED accreditation has grown considerably and in the past year, we, as a nation, has been able to unlock another milestone towards this ultimate goal. It was made possible by the YY house designed and constructed by FMK3 Architects Sustainable Architecture, led by Principal Architects Filemon Kapuno III and Marivic Gulosino-Kapuno.
The FMK3 Architects Sustainable Architecture firm is a local firm that specializes in contemporary architecture that focuses on creating designs that cater to the basics of human life and nature and their project called the YY House was awarded the 2021 LEED Homes Award under the category of Outstanding Single Family Projects.
To delve further, they were able to create and design a home that sustained itself in many useful ways. Their design made it possible for the house to not only produce electricity with the use of solar energy but also to minimize the energy consumption of the entire home. In addition to that, the house is also capable of providing and sustaining an exceptional air quality within the home with the use of unique filters for their HVAC systems and other green materials that regulate humidity and absorb harmful airborne matter. It doesn’t stop there as it also reduces light pollution through the use of DarkSky Certified lights for their outdoor lighting and it is also a water-efficient structure due to the smart-irrigation system installed that makes it possible to detect atmospheric moisture and regulate the amount of water being discharged within the household.
There are many more amazing things to gush about in terms of the incredible design by the firm but the main thing to take away from this is that it paves the way for more housing in the Philippines to be modeled from this effective and efficient design. It was officially given the Platinum level for the LEED v4.1 BD+C: Residential Single Family category in April of 2020 and with this recognition, we can expect more works like this to come about in the industry in the years to come.