Going green has never been more important.
The advent of a ‘new normal’ means that a lot of us would be just a little more cautious about stepping too far away from home to do things. This means that it is even more important than home, or at the very least the neighbourhood you live in should provide you with the opportunities and amenities to do whatever you need to live a balanced and healthy life with positive environmental impact.
Many of us go a lot more acquainted with just how important it is to construct a nice, functional, environmentally responsible and green home recently when we had to spend extended periods in it. Naturally, the concept of eco-friendly homes has come up a lot more because people are starting to realise that it’s hard to separate the place you live in with the healthy living opportunities it provides you.
1. Eco Ardence, Setia Alam
Located within the Setia Alam enclave, Eco Ardence continues Eco World’s track record of developing environmentally friendly townships. A mixed township that is built on a luxurious-sized 533 acres of land. As with many of Eco World’s developments, a sizeable amount of its layout is dedicated to greenery and parks, with linear parks and lake parks creating a conducive family-orientated atmosphere that encourages more outdoor activities.
The star of this development through has got to be the 20ft back lane gardens built between houses which gives residents the feel of having your very own private park that you have easy access to. Living here will feel like you are living in a park, literally.
Interesting fact: In an area with 100 per cent tree cover, such as contiguous forest stands within parks, trees can remove from the air as much as 15 per cent of the ozone, 14 per cent of the sulphur dioxide, 13 per cent of the particulate matter, 8 per cent of the nitrogen dioxide, and 0.05 per cent of carbon monoxide.
2. PJ Midtown, Petaling Jaya
If you think eco-living is only for people who live in spacious landed properties in further places, think again. PJ Midtown located in Seksyen 13, Petaling Jaya aims to buck that trend. A development by reputable developers IOI Properties Group and Sime Darby Brunsfield, the development has achieved a Gold rating on the Green Building Index thanks to some pretty cool features.
Green landscaping takes up nearly 18.75% of the development’s build space, making it greener than most developments in the PJ area, including vertical greenery along the building’s façade to reduce heat gain. The building also uses solar energy to power common areas and the installation of an Energy Management System allows for better efficiency of energy usage.
3. Tropicana Aman, Kota Kemuning
We can now all see the value of a great park in our neighbourhood, one that motivates us to step out of our homes or in cases where we are already aching to step out, provides a conducive place for us to head to, to take in some fresh air and sunshine. This makes Tropicana Aman at Kota Kemuning an attractive eco-development to consider.
The main focus of this development is well, an impressive 85-acre park. Dubbed the Central Park, the park is surrounded by a 100-feet tree-line boulevard which immediately makes the surrounding homes and living spaces feel greener and more immersed in nature. The 7km biking and running trails that flank the neighbourhood provides a great impetus for people to take to the outdoors and live an active lifestyle in a conducive environment.
The beautiful pavilions that dot the landscape also provides impetus for you to do these outdoor activities with other members of the community as they are great places to take a breather and to have a chat in between a run or biking.
Interesting fact: A study in Denmark found that childhood exposure to green space has 55% less risk for developing an array of psychiatric disorders during adolescence and adulthood.
4. Eco Spring Tebrau
Another development by Eco World that would interest eco-tuned and sustainable home buyers who are looking to buy away from major city centres is probably Eco Spring in Tebrau, Johor. But that’s a little of the reality we live in – if we are looking for spacious and breathable neighbourhoods to live in, there is a good chance we would be looking away from the major city centres.
Built again on a sizeable plot of 400-acre land, Eco Spring features 460 units of a mix of two-storey homes, semi-detached houses and bungalows. Most developments by Eco World tend to have some focus on eco-friendly fixtures and amenities and this would be no different.
For one thing, the development boasts a garden concept where an impressive 13% of its land area has been allocated for greenery. The concept of the development is rooted in the idea of spring, with boulevards lined with luscious trees and separate lanes for pedestrian and cycling, which encourages more outdoor activities amongst its residents. This idea continues with the availability of a sports and recreational facility for residents that features an outdoor fitness deck, gymnasium, basketball and futsal courts and even an outdoor skating rink.
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5. The Amber Residence, Kota Kemuning
Developer Gamuda has ensured that this development showcases some more unorthodox facilities and features. Leading the way is a Rooftop Outdoor Cinema that encourages the community to come out and watch a film under the stars while breathing some fresh air.
The real showstopper though is the Urban Farm that will be part of The Amber Residences’ designated area that should provide an impetus for residents with a green thumb to get into a bit of gardening. Neighbours can come together and tend to a community herb, vegetable and plant garden. A great green initiative. There is also a Multi-Court that would give residents with a hankering for sports and competition to get some blood pumping.
There are just so many benefits to living in an eco-friendly building. Not only does it improve our health but it also helps with the health of the environment as well. For every minute we spend in a park in our neighbourhood is another minute you aren’t adding to carbon emissions by being in a car. Urban living has its necessities but living in an eco-friendly neighbourhood provides a way for us to achieve a balance between both tangents.