In 2016, Pomeroy Studio, led by founding principal Jason Pomeroy, made waves when it realised the first-ever carbon-negative residence they called the B House — a home, here in Singapore, that produces more power than it actually consumes.
An eco-architect who is adamant about combating climate change, the projects he undertakes must “make a positive impact in people’s lives whilst sustaining the natural and built environment”.
Pomeroy Studio is now restoring the Secretariat, the largest colonial building in Myanmar, and working on two residential projects in Sweden that will set new standards in its use of smart, zero energy and construction principles. He also raises awareness of architecture’s cultural role in society through television series such as Smart Cities 2.0, City Time Traveller and City Redesign.
But to expedite change for a greater good, one must educate individuals from a young age on the importance of reducing our consumption, and re-using products and materials where possible, he says. It also requires a shift in day-to-day habits.
This is why the father of two chooses household appliances that are energy-efficient — because a home that uses less energy is better for the environment.
What do you look for when choosing products for the home?
It is of utmost importance knowing that the products in my life are manufactured from sustainable sources and/or can help reduce my carbon footprint. They should also be smart, such that they’re accessible and easy to use by grandparents through to their grandchildren. The LG SIGNATURE products I use not only help to reduce my energy and water consumption but also are easy to use. This allows me to spend more time on the things I want to do, which ultimately enhances my daily family life.
You speak about good design being efficient design. Is this why you’ve chosen to use LG SIGNATURE?
I am a prolific multitasker and will often try to do as much in one go as possible. This happens in my home too and I often juggle things in the kitchen. So, two hands full and trying to open the fridge at the same time? Not a problem if it’s the LG SIGNATURE fridge with the floor sensor that allows me to open the door with my foot. The InstaView Door-in-Door technology feature also means I can see what is inside without having to open it — just knock on the glass twice! As such, the temperature within the fridge isn’t compromised, and improves energy-saving.
How is the LG SIGNATURE washer-dryer with TWINWash system working out for you?
It is well-designed and pleasing on the eye. Most washing machines come with more knobs and dials than a space ship, whereas LG Signature keeps it simple with a touch-enabled circular interface. The machine comes with two compartments, a front loader and a separate washer, so I can now do separate bundles of my sportswear in one; and delicate clothes in the other. It also means that water consumption (and therefore detergent usage) can be more accurately managed and is thus more environmentally friendly.
What role does an air purifier play in your home?
For someone with young kids living in a busy, bustling city, knowing that I will come back to a clean home, breathing particle-free air gives me that extra peace of mind. The LG Signature Air Purifier can filter up to PM1.0 particles. It has been built with a watering engine that rotates at high speed to humidify the air to optimum levels — important for comfort. As I’m a bit of a tree-hugger who shies away from air conditioning, I like the ioniser element.
And what do you have to say about the sleekest appliance of the lot?
The LG SIGNATURE OLED TV is so thin it blends into the wall unobtrusively, which I particularly like. The 3,840 x 2,160 screen is very high-definition with amazing picture and sound quality despite being one of the thinnest I’ve ever seen. The sleekness of the sound system would also not look out of place in a James Bond villain’s lair. So if, like me, you are constantly on a plane and staring at a tiny screen for your favourite films, nothing beats coming back to this immersive experience.
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