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15 October 2009


tersita linao

where can i see the model unit? is it possible to build something like this on a 4 by 9 meter lot? How much did you spend for this econokubo?

Marc Tomas

where can I see the model unit, Im very much interested and love the idea of green home. Planning to build a house w very limited budget.


do you know HOW bamboo id fastened to any material? your design reflects ignorance of the material you are working on.


too many recycled materials in the specs: WHERE WILL YOU GET THEM IN THE PHILIPPINES?


bad roof design: not adaptable to philippine weather

Jay Yuvallos

Browsing the net for contemporary bahay kubo design.
Great concept! Hope this "EcoKubo" will become a trend for our country. It's more fun and sustainable. Very creative, very Filipino.


Engr. Dennis Morada

Hi Architect,

The post on EcoKubo is receiving the most views and inquiries. Thanks again for sharing. Let's already set an appointment: let's visit Las Haciendas, Laurel, Batangas some time 3rd week of November (19 or 20) so you could see the site where the ecoKubo will be built.

Meliza H. Agabin

Hi Nestor,

I am excited at the thought that perhaps I could have a house built that takes into account the environment, the use of natural materials, and tropical climate in our country. I missed the exhibit at UP to better appreciate what you guys have designed. I am looking forward to meeting soon.

Nestor Arabejo  UAP, LEED AP

Thank you Engr. Rico Hermoso.

You are right, getting information from Professionals and Organizations in the Philippines is like "pulling teeth". I hope we can start a new trend of sharing "green building" knowledge and all benefit at the end.

Since I came back from the U.S. last year to start a green architecture firm in the Philippines, I have hooked up with the Philippine Green Building Council. They do a lot of green building advocacy thru seminars and conventions. They are open to organizations and people (professional or lay, local or foreign) to share their knowledge on green building and technology.

The ecoKubo's estimated cost to build is from Php500,000 to Php750,000, depending on its site. Anyway, if you are interested, you can email me at nestor@ecotektonika.com. Maybe, we can collaborate in doing not just green houses but "green" neighborhood developments in the Philippines!


Engr. Dennis Morada

Hi Engr,

Glad you're coming back and sharing your thoughts. Yes, let's do all we can to make our homes in the Philippines (especially) greener.

Engr. J. Ricohermoso

I once wrote thanks for the putting up of this website; grateful that finally there could be some online venue where we can learn about green building and green architecture that is more in-tune with the Philippine setting/climate.

The ecoKubo example is a very valuable contribution, indeed. We need more Architect Arabejos out there---generous with knowledge.

I wish there would be more. How about a design that is easier to mass-produce? We're into subdivision development, that's why. If we can build thousands, even just hundreds of "green houses" that should mean a lot to the environment. Right?

Will it be "marketable"? Most likely, after Typhoon Ondoy and typhoon Pepeng, most would do everything so as not to suffer another one.

This brings me to another question, how expensive is this? Can it be afford by the masses?

I hope you'll find time to reply.

Again thanks.

Engr. Vengco

Great contribution! We've been looking for some concrete examples of green houses, and what we got here is even better: affordable, zero-energy, and for the tropical weather--ideal for the Philippines.

Thanks to Arch. Nestor Arabejo and Pinoy Green Academy.

Nestor Arabejo  UAP, LEED AP

Thanks for the post Dennis. This really helps our advocacy on Green Architecture and hope Filipinos will be more educated on green architecture suitable for the unique climate and culture of the Philippines.

By the way, minor correction (I hope you don't mind). Bert Peteers is not an architect but is actually an industrial engineer by trade and is a permaculture designer/expert. This is our first project collaboration... as part of our integrated sustainable design philosophy.

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