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Welcome to our comprehensive Glossary of Real Estate and Sustainable Development Terms.

This resource is designed to provide clear definitions and explanations for a wide range of concepts related to urban planning, sustainable living, community development, and real estate in the Philippines.

Whether you’re a student, professional, or simply interested in these topics, this glossary will help you navigate the complex terminology used in discussions about modern urban environments, eco-friendly practices, and real estate developments. From “Affordable Housing” to “Urban Resilience,” this alphabetical list covers key terms that are crucial to understanding the evolving landscape of sustainable urban living and real estate development.

Affordable Housing

Housing deemed affordable to those with a median household income, ensuring it meets financial accessibility standards.

Avida Land

A real estate developer in the Philippines, part of Ayala Land, specializing in residential communities.

Avida Southdale

developed by Avida Land, a subsidiary of Ayala Land, is a residential and commercial project located in Nuvali, Laguna, Philippines. The project aims to provide a balanced lifestyle with a mix of residential units, retail spaces, and amenities within a sustainable community.

Ayala Land

A premier real estate developer in the Philippines, known for developing large-scale residential and commercial properties.

Ayala Malls Solenad

A shopping mall in Nuvali, offering various retail, dining, and entertainment options.

Biodiversity Conservation

The protection and management of biodiversity to achieve sustainable development.

Carbon Footprint

The total amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activities.

Carbon Neutrality

Achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing emitted and absorbed carbon.

Climate Change Adaptation

Adjustments in human and natural systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli.

Climate Mitigation

Efforts to reduce or prevent the emission of greenhouse gases.

Climate-resilient Infrastructure

Infrastructure designed to withstand the impacts of climate change.

Community Amenities

Features that enhance the living experience within a residential community, such as parks and recreational facilities.

Community Cohesion

The degree of social integration and unity within a community.

Community Development

A process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.

Community Engagement

The process of working collaboratively with community groups to address issues that impact their well-being.

Community Health

The health status and quality of life of people living in a particular area.

Community Infrastructure

Basic physical and organizational structures needed for the operation of a society.

Community Planning

The process of planning and managing the development of communities.

Community Resilience

The ability of a community to withstand and recover from adverse situations.

Community Safety

The protection of people from harm within a community.

Community Services

Services provided to benefit the members of a community.

Community Sustainability

The ability of a community to sustain itself environmentally, economically, and socially.


A city designed with consideration for environmental impact, promoting sustainability.

Eco-conscious Lifestyle

A way of living that seeks to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of natural resources.

Eco-friendly Construction

Building practices that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient.

Economic Development

The process of improving the economic well-being and quality of life of a community.

Energy Conservation

Efforts made to reduce energy consumption.

Energy Efficiency

Using less energy to perform the same task.

Energy Management

The process of monitoring, controlling, and conserving energy.

Environmental Impact

The effect of human activities on the environment.

Environmental Sustainability

Responsibility for conserving natural resources and protecting global ecosystems.

Green Architecture

Building design that minimizes environmental impact.

Green Building

The practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible.

Green Spaces

Areas of vegetation set aside in urban environments.

Green Technology

Environmentally friendly technology that promotes sustainability.

Housing Market

The supply and demand for residential properties.

Integrated Development

Coordinated development of land, buildings, and infrastructure.

Land Use Planning

The process of managing land resources in a sustainable way.

Low-Carbon Living

Lifestyle choices that aim to reduce carbon emissions.

Master-planned Community

A large-scale residential neighborhood with a comprehensive plan.

Mixed-Use Development

Real estate development that combines residential, commercial, and sometimes industrial spaces.

Mixed-Use Zoning

Zoning regulations that allow for multiple land uses.


A large eco-city in Laguna, Philippines, developed by Ayala Land.

Property Investment

The purchase of real estate for the purpose of earning returns.

Public Amenities

Services and facilities provided for the benefit of the community.

Public Health

The science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities.

Public Spaces

Areas in a city or town open for public use.

Public Transportation

Systems of transport available for use by the general public.

Real Estate Development

The business of creating new buildings and structures.

Real Estate Financing

Funding methods for purchasing real estate.

Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)

A company that owns, operates, or finances income-producing real estate.

Real Estate Market

The market for buying, selling, and leasing property.

Real Estate Portfolio

A collection of real estate investments owned by a person or organization.

Real Estate Trends

Patterns and shifts in the real estate market.

Recreational Facilities

Amenities provided for leisure and recreational activities.

Renewable Energy

Energy from sources that are naturally replenishing.

Renewable Energy Sources

Sources of energy that can be replenished naturally.

Renewable Resources

Natural resources that can be replenished naturally.

Residential Community

A planned community with residential properties.

Residential Development

The development of land for housing purposes.

Residential Property

Land or buildings used or suitable for living.

Smart City

An urban area that uses technology to improve efficiency and quality of services.

Smart City Solutions

Technological solutions designed to improve the efficiency and quality of urban services.

Smart Grid

An electrical grid that uses information and communication technology to gather and act on information about electricity.

Smart Homes

Homes equipped with network-connected products.

Southdale Settings

A residential community in Nuvali developed by Avida Land.

Sustainable Architecture

Architecture that seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings.

Sustainable Communities

Communities designed to have minimal environmental impact.

Sustainable Development

Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising future generations.

Sustainable Infrastructure

Infrastructure designed to be environmentally sustainable and resilient.

Sustainable Living

Lifestyle choices that aim to reduce individual environmental impact.

Sustainable Urbanism

Urban development that aims to create sustainable living environments.

Urban Agriculture

The practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around urban areas.

Urban Density

The number of people living in a given urban area.

Urban Design

The design of cities, towns, and other urban areas.

Urban Development

The social, cultural, economic, and physical development of cities.

Urban Ecosystems

Ecological systems within urban areas.

Urban Greenery

The integration of plant life within urban environments.

Urban Growth

The expansion of urban areas.

Urban Mobility

The ease with which people can move around urban areas.

Urban Planning

A technical and political process concerned with the development and design of land use.

Urban Regeneration

The revitalization of urban areas.

Urban Renewal

The redevelopment of areas within a city.

Urban Resilience

The capacity of urban systems to maintain or rapidly return to desired functions in the face of stress.