COVID-19: Is going green a trend or a real change in the world?
Updated: Apr 28
By Brenda Hobin
Since World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Pun Hlaing Estate had received more inquiries and requests for private viewings particularly for villas and townhouses.
The shift and change in demand for Pun Hlaing golf estate could be attributed to its masterplan - a low density residential development set on a peninsula between the Hlaing and Pan Hlaing Rivers. Occupying a total land area of 652 acres, the golf estate mainly comprises villas, townhouses and low-rise apartments. The golf estate offers a unique lifestyle for singles, couples, families including multi-generational families. The estate also comes with a wide range of amenities and facilities, from a world-class 18-hole Gary Player designed golf course to a country club. The site is supported by Dulwich International School, Awei Metta golf hotel with Pun Hlaing Silom Hospital situated adjacent to the gated community.
While investing in low density living has been a rising trend in recent years around the world, the trend is picking up momentum in Yangon recently as a result of a pandemic. A flourishing city with a population of over 7m people, it is hard to find a personal haven that offers greenery, serenity and space for the family and kids to grow and develop.
The pandemic has taught us valuable lessons, health is ultimately the most important asset we can have. Green living strengthens the immune system which is required to fight the virus. In a study conducted by the Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers found that “people who live in “greener” areas, with more vegetation around, have a lower risk of mortality. The health benefits are likely thanks to factors such as improved mental health, social engagement and physical activity that come with living near green spaces.”
The researchers found that people living in the greenest places — that is, people who had the most vegetation within 800 feet of their homes — had a 12% lower rate of mortality from any non-accidental cause than people living in the least green places. Specifically, they found that the relationship was strongest for deaths related to respiratory disease, cancer and kidney disease. These results were the same regardless of the participants’ income, weight or smoking status and also did not significantly change between urban and suburban locations.
This is all in line with the ways previous research has suggested greenness can affect health. Places with more vegetation are generally thought to be less polluted, and the presence of vegetation, itself, can help keep air cleaner. And green spaces like parks can help encourage people to get outside, exercise and engage with other people — all factors that can improve overall health. The effects on mental health may be somewhat less straightforward, but nonetheless important, as this study suggested.
A low-density real estate normally has higher upfront costs in comparison to high density living. With fewer people per square area, residents will have enough space for themselves, their loved ones and their belongings. A gated community also implement strict entry into the estate such as temperature screening, giving residents and owners an added sense of security.
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