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Best Landscaped Gardens

Apr 23, 2011 3:10:45 PM - thesundayleader.lk

Lakshman Perera (winner), Kumara Baduge (2nd place) and Mrs. R. Wijesekere (3rd place), together with the judge, landscape designer & consultant Sarath Bandara Palipana (4th from left).

Nivasie Developers, in the forefront in the eco friendly Real Estate and Housing Development Sector, recently concluded the “Best Garden Competition” to beautify homestead gardens and promote green area development and sustainability at Victoria Range Bungalows, Digana, Kandy.
More than 30 householders participated at this eco-friendly competition. Selections were made by Sarath Palipana, a landscape designer and consultant. From the beautifully landscaped gardens, three were selected with the greatest exertion.
Nivasie Developers has always been a property development organization that has in every manner made its fair share of contributions towards taking forward the Go Green Concept, said Nivasie Developers Managing Director Herman S. Gonsal.
“In all our projects, 40-60% is preserved for natural surroundings and the environment. If you take the Victoria Range Bungalows in Digana, Kandy, there are more than 75 varieties of trees which we have preserved without cutting to build the houses. Apart from that we have our own nursery in which we can boast of more than 25 varieties of trees and foliage. Even at the time of construction we have changed the position of the house, in many blocks of land in order to preserve the tree.
We at Nivasie, from the planning stage onwards to completion, consideration is given to the environment, even when selecting the construction material as well. Most of the time our engineers at ICC select environmentally friendly materials for a healthier living, as well as in preserving nature.  All our projects are asbestos free and timber free (except for doors), we use our own cellular blocks, whereby hazardous fumes are not released by burning of bricks. Solar power is used for hot water and we keep provision for rain water harvesting. Also, houses are designed in a manner whereby daylight as well as air could be utilized to the maximum, so electricity consumption could be reduced,” said Gonsal.
The Company also has developed mechanisms in which it has effectively reduced the carbon footprint, thereby creating carbon credit. Sustainability is now seen as the key factor in any business, and in the future only organizations that make sustainability a goal will achieve a competitive advantage. That means rethinking business models as well as products, technologies and processes, added Gonsal.
The lucky winner of the Competition walked away with a weekend for two at Ulagalla Resort in Thirappane, Anuradhapura, the newest state of the art luxury Boutique hotel in Sri Lanka, which is also an ICC subsidiary. Second place winner was gifted with a free membership for six months at Club Victoria Resort, Digana and a free dinner for his family. Third place winner was presented with a free dinner at Club Victoria Resort. All participants at the competition were encouraged to take part in environmentally friendly activities by being awarded with participation certificates. Club Victoria Resort is a fully equipped restaurant situated in the same premises as the Victoria Range of Bungalows, catering the very best of food menus which range from eastern to western cuisine for its residents as well as for visitors.
“The message that we would like to send out to the community is that although we are in the business of building houses, we are an organization that is concerned with preserving nature as well,” said Gonsal.
By spearheading a competition of this nature, once again Nivasie has strengthened its commitment towards adopting eco friendly initiatives where its own residents are further encouraged to preserve nature for future generations as well as sustain the concept created as well.