In the Philippines, we don’t want the heat outside to go inside our homes. Otherwise, we end up using air-conditioners that consume lots of energy and contribute to carbon emissions that warm the Earth. The way to prevent that is by insulation.
Insulation is the process of preventing unwanted temperatures outside to enter through the roof and exterior walls of the house, or what engineers call the building envelope. In the Philippines, this is by preventing heat from passing thought the roof and exterior walls of our house. Here are 4 ways how BluHomes Breeze, a townhouse in Amparo Caloocan, used insulation to make the house cooler and eco-friendly.
1. Super Insulated Roof
BluHomes Breeze uses magnesium oxide roof that is 1/4" thick and has a white reflective film on the exposed side. Magnesium oxide is a type of material that has very high insulating properties. When the roof receives heat of 40°C on its exterior side, it will only be 30°C on the inside, making the house cooler and more comfortable.
2. Insulated Exterior Walls
The exterior walls at BluHomes Breeze are insulated. Aside from the 6” thick concrete hollow blocks, it also has a 1/4" thick magnesium oxide board insulation on the inner side of the exterior walls, same material as the roof. This prevents heat from penetrating through the exterior walls.
3. Light Colors
Same is true for the homes. The lighter the color of the exterior walls, the less heat is absorbed and the cooler the house gets. That is why the colors of the façade of BluHomes Breeze are mostly white with accents of very light colors.
That is the reason why the front yard of BluHomes Breeze is planted with grass instead of concrete, and its sidewalk is made up of perforated paver blocks with grass to reduce the amount of concrete outside the house. This makes the surroundings of the house cooler.
Insulating the house doesn’t just make the house cooler. It also makes the house eco-friendly. Since their homes are already cooler, the homeowner will be able to use less air-conditioners and electric fans, reduce their energy consumption, lower their electric bills, and reduce their carbon emissions that warm our Earth.
These types of homes are what we need in the future.
Learn more about BluHomes Breeze, an eco-friendly townhouse development in Amparo Caloocan, at www.bluhomes.ph/breeze.
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