In June 2020, Imperial Homes Corp., the first and only Property Technology (PropTech) Developer in the Philippines, announced it has EDGE certified its various residential properties that include Tiarra, its proprietary solar-powered house model design.
Imperial Homes is the only developer in the Philippines that has successfully integrated solar energy and green technology at community levels. The solar technology reduces overall electricity cost while the ultra-high-performance concrete technology incorporated into its design makes the community resilient and healthy as it prevents the growth of bacteria and viruses. The properties mark the first certified projects of Imperial Homes’ green portfolio.
In 2019, Imperial Homes committed to certifying all its new construction projects using EDGE. That amounts to 2,267 residential units that are set to be constructed over the next three years. This is a ground-breaking commitment in the Philippines and shows the company’s pledge to sustainable innovation. EDGE certification allows Imperial Homes to further promote green technologies to other developers, not only in the Philippines but also across Asia. Imperial Homes believes that everyone has to switch to sustainable building solutions in order to mitigate climate change.
“Imperial Homes aims to continuously lead in promoting EDGE in our country and the rest of the world through our solar-powered resilient communities built with sustainable building technology. These affordable houses not only provide savings, but are also resilient to typhoons, earthquakes, fires and molds—making them healthy EDGE-certified homes,” said Emma M. Imperial, president and CEO of Imperial Homes Group of Companies.
An innovation of IFC, EDGE helps property developers build and brand green building in a fast, easy and affordable way. EDGE is supported by free software that encourages solutions to reduce energy, water and the energy used to make building materials by at least 20%, which is the standard for EDGE certification.
”We can no longer think in terms of one single green building or green home. We must think bigger than that if we are to truly advance the sustainability agenda,” says Thomas Saunders, Managing Director at Sintali. “By committing to certifying its entire portfolio of buildings, Imperial Homes is taking its place among the leading sustainable companies in the world and proving that it is possible to build homes that are both affordable and green.”
By certifying the projects using EDGE, Imperial Homes will bring energy and water efficiency savings to the occupants of the homes. The Tiarra residential unit has been designed to save over 70% in energy and over 40% in water consumption versus typical homes built in the Philippines.
About Imperial Homes Corp.
Imperial Homes Corporation is the first and only Property Technology (PropTech) Developer in the Philippines. The Company has about 4 decades of strong track record in developing residential communities. To date, more than 20,000 homes have already been built in Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines. IFC declared Imperial Homes as an EDGE Champion in the Philippines. Recently, ACES Awards 2020 shortlisted Imperial Homes as Finalists for two exciting categories: Asia’s Leading SMEs and Top Green Companies in Asia.
Imperial Homes is a Group of Companies and owns three (3) subsidiaries: (i) Premiere Fiestaland, another real estate developer; (ii) Connovate Philippines, Inc., a local manufacturer of Connovate ultra-high-performance concrete precast panels; and (iii) Enfinity Imperial Solar Solutions, Inc., the solar solution arm of the Group.
The Group Chair and CEO is Ms. Emma M. Imperial, a multi-awarded Filipina leader. She has received numerous local and international awards for her contribution in championing sustainable solutions, especially for the affordable housing.
For more information, visit www.imperialhomescorp.com
Sintali and SGS collaborate to act as an EDGE global certification partner. Operating as a one-stop shop for EDGE certification and audit services, Sintali-SGS deliver the highest quality service for clients around the world. Clients receive a single contract, an all-inclusive price and expert advice at no additional cost. Through state-of-the-art systems and the latest technologies, clients also access innovative solutions that support cost-effective and efficient processes. With a rich history in auditing, developing and operating green building standards, Sintali-SGS bring global expertise to local markets and through a unique network of offices and partners around the world provide local support.
An innovation of IFC, EDGE helps property developers to build and brand green in a fast, easy and affordable way. EDGE is supported by free software that encourages solutions to reduce energy, water and the energy used to make building materials by at least 20 percent, which is the standard for EDGE certification. The program has been generously supported by the following donors: Austria, Canada, Denmark, ESMAP, EU, Finland, GEF, Hungary, Japan, Switzerland, and the UK. For more information, visit www.edgebuildings.com.
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2019, we invested more than $19 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.