Italpinas reiterates offer to new city administration
The builders of Cagayan de Oro’s first true green building recently assured the incoming administration of Mayor Oscar S. Moreno its offer to extend its services for free to the city’s plan to provide incentives for the construction of green buildings in Cagayan de Oro City still stands.
“We agree perfectly with the City Council on Environment and Natural Resources’ view that incentives would better serve to encourage the construction of eco-friendly buildings in the city rather than penalties,” said Architect Romolo V. Nati, chairman and CEO of Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-Development Corporation.
“We also wholeheartedly support the initiative of Architect Galua and Engineer Albina to set local green building standards which would encourage natural ventilation and reduce energy consumption,” he added.
Italpinas is the designer and builder of Cagayan de Oro City’s first real green building, the Primavera Residences at the Pueblo de Oro Business Park.
Earlier, the firm wrote to Councilor President D. Elipe, chairman of the said committee, through City Building Official Isidro Obligado (as chairman of the technical working group) offering its services for free as consultants in the study to set parameters for the granting of incentives for the proposed ordinance.
“We believe our track record in the design and construction of Primavera Residences would serve the TWG and your committee in good stead as it endeavors to lead the way for a more eco-friendly city,” the letter said.
Italpinas has already been cited three times internationally:
· As one of the most promising clean energy investment opportunities in the Philippines by the Climate Technology Initiative- Private Financing Advisory Networks (CTI-PFAN) Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing during the 2nd annual Philippines Clean Energy Investor Forum held in Manila in 2011 (for Primavera Residences);
· as one of the Best Condo Developments in the Philippines by the South East Asia Property Awards in 2011 (for Primavera Residences) in Singapore;
· and, most recently, as one of the top 10 and only entry from the Philippines which made it to the finals of the CTI PFAN Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFCEF-3) Business Plan Competition held February 22, 2013 in Singapore (for a new project).
Mr. Nati has a graduate degree in Architecture in Design from The University of Rome La Sapienza where he was graduated summa cum laude. He taught Green Architecture at the La Sapienza Faculty of Architecture and Master in Urban Landscape and Layers at the University of Tallin, Estonia Faculty of Architecture.
After graduation, he worked for numerous offices of architecture and engineering focusing on “eco friendly design”, in Italy and in the United States. He collaborated as faculty member of the “Department of Design and Sustainable Architecture” at the University of Rome, ”La Sapienza”. During his collaboration with the University, he was a leader for a program called “Computer Aided Design for a Sustainable Architecture”. The aim of this special program was to research the potential of sustainable architecture using innovative software to simulate and forecast behaviors of green buildings.
Among his international awards are the following: Special Energy Design (Design Against the Elements, 2011); First Prize (International Competition. Parnu Riverside Commercial Center, Parnu , Estonia (2006); and Second Prize (International Competition: Una Sede Rinnovata per un Glorioso Circolo Nautico. Naples, Italy. Renovation of historic Canottieri Club of Naples (2003);
He also garnered Honorable Mention for the following: (International Competition: Design Competition for a Residential Development for S. D’acquisito Barracks. Rome, Italy. New residences for Carabinieri (2004); Biennale di Venezia: Virtual Projections of the City of the Third Millennium. Venice, Italy. (Selected for the Seventh International Architecture Exhibition of Venice, 2000); General Design. University of Marmara, Istanbul, Turkey. (Selected for the Triennial International Industrial Design Exhibition of Istanbul, 2000); BMW International Design Competition: A Key for Future Mobile Solutions. Milan, Italy, 2000 and Mitsubishi Motors International Design Competition: Proposals for a New Concept Car with Forecasting Solutions. Tokyo, Japan (1999)