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June 1999, Volume 1 Issue 1
bullet New “Land for Home” Ex-Deal Program

Alabang Hills

Asis-Leif and Company, Inc. has just announced a way for multiple lot owners to build a new home without cash. This program is designed for the many lot owners who have much of their assets tied up in real estate investments.

The concept is simple; the company purchases one lot as a credit towards the construction of a new, luxury home, on another lot. If the lot is worth more than the cost of construction, the difference is paid to the owner.

Ex-Deal is a joint-venture with The California Group

The financing for this program comes from our strategic partnership with The California Group of the United States.

“Without The California Group, we couldn’t afford to offer this program.” stated Arch. Cynthia Asis Leif, the Company’s chief architect and Senior Partner. “For many of our clients, this is the best way to build. It’s much cheaper than going to a bank”, she added.

The minimum, lot size for the Ex-Deal program is 200 square meters and it must be in the Metro Manila area or in the United States.


bullet Our New Company Portfolio is now ready for mailing

Two months of hard work pays off in June when our new portfolio is ready for distribution.

If you have already seen the previous version, you know that it was actually a reprint from the publication of ArchiKonst Magazine.

The new portfolio is all ours and includes lots of new information about what’s special about Asis-Leif and Company, Inc..

The Asis-Leif Difference

One of the new pages is “The Asis-Leif Difference”. This list of special services that we give our customers is shown on page 2.


bullet The Physics of a House


By Paul D.Leif

(This is the first of a series explaining how we, as builders, deal with the forces, energy, and mass of your new home to create a safe and comfortable abode for your family.)

When you think of energy, you probably think of electricity or gasoline. However, this form of energy is small compared with the energy coming from the sun in the form of heat and light.

The sun’s heat and light is essential to life on the Earth. However, we humans are comfortable within a very narrow range of temperature. One of the main functions of your home is to control that temperature range.

As architects and builders we must design your home so that it deals efficiently with the heat from external sources i.e.the sun, and with the heat generated within your home, e.g. from people, cooking, and lighting. Yes, people create heat too. The average person gives off the heat of a 75 watt bulb.

How we deal with external sources

The sun heats your home by direct and reflected radiation (sunlight), and by heating air that comes into your house.

Your roof system is your most important barrier to direct sunlight. The roofing material must either reflect the heat or act as a thermal barrier (insulator). The best roof for reflecting is a white metal roof. However, it seldom is the best looking roof or the best protection against typhoons, so we make compromises. We use asphalt/fiberglass shingles for beauty and rain protection, but then we must use heavy duty roof insulation to keep the heat out

Concrete Hollow block walls with re-inforcing bars (rebars) make very strong walls. Unfortunately, they have a characteristic called high latent heat. This means that they soak up the heat during the day and radiate it into the house at night. This is why your house is warmer inside than the outside at night. We can fight this effect with light colored siding on the outside and with plants that shade the wall. On the inside, we can use insulating panels and gypsum wall board. Of course this adds to the construction cost, but it means a much more pleasant house to live in. Also, if you plan to use air-conditioning in several rooms, the energy savings may compensate for the added cost in a short time.

Landscaping can save you money

Plants not only can shade the wall and windows, they can also directly lower your air-conditioning bill if your air-conditioner is in the shade of a tree.

An air-conditioner takes the heat out of the house and carries it outside. The heat exchanger coils on the outside of your air-conditioner cool more efficiently if the air around it is cool. The shade from a tree makes the air around the coils cooler. This makes the unit more efficient. It cools better and saves you money.

By the same logic, putting air-conditioners close to each other is a very bad idea. It creates a hot micro-climate around the units that lowers effciency greatly. This means that your units work harder and cool less. Only Meralco will be happy with this situation.

We haven’t talked about windows yet. Windows let in the light that we need, but they also let in the heat radiation. There are now clear films and coatings, e.g. indium-tin oxide (ITO) to keep out the heat (infra-red radiation). Of course you can just use window coverings (drapes), but the house may become too dark for your daytime activities. The use of clerestory windows (high windows near the ceiling) can allow in-direct light without letting in the hot and harsh direct sunlight. Also, it is important that, whenever practical, we design your home so that you don’t have a lot of exposed windows on the west and south sides. Again, landscaping is important here.

This is all we need to say about heat for now. See you next issue.

bullet “Modern” Architecture comes to Manila

By Arch. Cynthia Asis Leif

Filipinos love modern fashion, modern movies, music and literature, but show them a modern home and they hesitate.

Is this because of some deep-seated cultural memory involving Nipa huts, or is it just that we love “the new” but not in our homes? Maybe we don’t want to look diffferent from our neighbors or perhaps we are afraid to try new styles in our homes, which are more permanent than fashion.

Of course as an architect, I love exploring new ideas, and from time to time, I encounter a client who is ready for a change.

The perspective shown here was done for such a client.

The design was recently completed for this proposed residence in Quezon City. Here, we were able to take the best of modernist design and combine it with what’s best for the Philippines.

This means less direct light with shade created by curved overhangs and balconies. Insulating glass blocks is used in the master bedroom to provide light without heat and to provide privacy.

The house has a flat roof which utilizes new technology in waterproofing and insulating technology. It also provides a functional roof deck with great views.

This concrete and glass house uses curves to soften its exterior.

Changing floor elevations add variety and excitement to both interior and exterior.

This house looks expensive, yet it will cost less per square meter than many typical homes in Metro Manila.

We hope that when people see the completed structure, they will realize that a modernist design with Filipino inspiration can be the perfect home for the modern Filipino.


bullet The Home Builder’s Glossary

In this issue we define terms related to concrete

Concrete: A mixture of cement, sand, aggregate (gravel), and water. The mixture becomes hard (cures) within twenty-eight days by a process called hydration. Crystals form which bond the mixture together. It is important that the gravel be of one size to prevent voids (gaps) and to permit strong crystallization. The water must be clean (potable quality) to prevent weakening of the concrete.

Compression Strength: The ability of a material to withstand weight without failing. For our slabs we require a minimum of 3,000 psi (pounds per square inch) compression strength. We have the strength tested by an independent laboratory and we give you the results.

Ready-Mix: Concrete that is purchased already combined with cement, sand, aggregate, and water. It is delivered to the site while still being mixed in a transportable mixing truck. It is then pumped to the point needed with a “pumpcrete” ”pumper.

Monolithic Slab: A concrete slab that is poured with the same material throughout at one pouring, using ready-mix. This is much stronger than manual mixing which can result in cracks and uneven strength.

One Bagger: A concrete mixer used at the site to make smaller quantities of concrete for foundations and posts and walkways.

bullet Our Filipino and International clients find us on the Web

It’s wonderful to see how rapidly the Filipino community is embracing the Internet. Two years ago it was mostly international clients who found our web site and communicated with us by e-mail. Now the balance is shifting towards more local contacts. Our busy clients have found that e-mail is the best way to keep in touch. They also use the online forms to get free estimates.

Client Web Sites

All of our clients are given a private web site during construction. This site contains the drawings, plans, documents, digital cam image of construction progress, and status reports.

This means that our clients can visit the construction site wherever they are in the world and whenever they wish. They can also share this information with friends if they give them their personal password.

Visit our web site often to learn the latest about Asis-Leif and Company, Inc. activities. You can also get information on the lowest mortgage rates at our “Mortgage Finder” site.

The Philippines From Space

If you haven’t discovered this part of our site yet, please take the time to look at the beautiful pictures of Manila, Taal, Laguna De Bay, and all of Luzon. We even have a radar image that’s let’s you look underwater as the land drops into Manila Bay. Some of the images are big and may take a few minutes to download, but it’s worth the wait.

bullet The Asis-Leif Difference

bullet World Class Architecture
bullet Your Personal Internet Web Site to Monitor Construction
bullet All Drawings Created by Computer Aided Design
bullet 3D Computer Generated Exterior and Interior Views
bullet Your Own Personal Interior Designer
bullet A One Year Warranty In Writing
bullet Professional Project Management
bullet Independent Quality Control Inspections
bullet A Performance Bond For Your Peace Of Mind
bullet Mortgage Assistance
bullet All Backed By A First Class Team Of Professionals

bullet Why you need an Architect ?

The proper design and construction of your family’s new home must take into account many factors:
bullet The size of your family
bullet Your family lifestyle
bullet Your budget
bullet Preferred Architectural Style
bullet Your lot and neighboring structures
bullet Community building Rules
bullet Leak proof roof designs
bullet Healthy Natural Ventilation
bullet Healthy natural & artificial Lighting
bullet Trouble Free Plumbing Designs
bullet Safe & Flexible Electrical Designs
bullet Finding High Quality Sub-Contractors
bullet Designing Construction Specifications
bullet Enforcing Sub-Contractor Compliance
bullet Final Inspections



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