Filling Spaces (10/17/17)

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Greener Filinvest City

Filinvest City said it is pursuing a “more stringent” certification under the so-called LEED rating system or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

There are “only two other developments in the world — in Japan and Italy” that have the LEED’s Neighborhood Development (ND)-Plan certification, it said in a statement.

Filinvest City said it is bullish in securing that “coveted recognition” as it embarked on a “transformation” that included among others the Spectrum Midway Linear Park, a foliage-canopied walkway that cuts through the north and south ends of the Alabang business district.

“Already in place as well is a thriving bird habitat, a living creek, a bike trail, and tree-canopied road networks,” read the statement.

“In the LEED ND rating system, the major prerequisites and credits considered are categorized as Smart Location and Linkage, which considers transit accessibility, ecosystems and open spaces, and jobs and housing proximity; Neighborhood Pattern and Design which looks into walkable streets, neighborhood connections, parking and transportation demand, among others.”

Filinvest said it “deliberately takes all these into account.”

Microtel’s energy savings

Microtel by Wyndham said it has so far saved P2.3 million in power costs after signing up for a program by the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).

In a statement, the no-frills hotel brand said the program allowed it to “keep operating costs low, room rates affordable, and service efficient.”

Meralco’s “Peak/Off-Peak Program” provides competitive rates to businesses whose energy demand falls during off-peak hours.

For hotel chains, “the crucial hours are actually at nighttime,” according to the statement.

Microtel by Wyndham is an international chain of over 300 hotels throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and the Philippines, according to the company’s Web site. It has 13 properties in the Philippines, with the first three ones built in Tarlac, Batangas and Cavite.

Bristol turnover

Upscale property brand Filigree said its Bristol at Parkway Place will start turning over units in the first quarter of next year.

The 40-storey condominium is located within Filinvest City in Alabang and is the second installment of the master-planned upscale high-rise residential complex called Parkway Place.

“Set to start turn over in the first quarter of 2018, it is no doubt that Bristol at Parkway Place by Filigree will soon join the ranks of the most iconic symbols of luxury living,” a statement read.

Unit sizes range from 53 square meters to 168 square meters, some of them having balconies that offer views of the city skyline stretching to Laguna de Bay.