Considered as another milestone for the Philippine Green Building Council's (PHILGBC) BERDE Green Building Rating System, the first BERDE Design Recognition Certificate was awarded by PHILGBC and pioneering certification body TÜV Rheinland Philippines, Inc. to the Lopez-owned construction firm, First Balfour, Inc. The certificate was received by its president and COO Anthony Fernandez, along with representatives and heads from various departments of First Balfour.
The First Balfour corporate office, located at Km 19 West Service Road, Sucat, Parañaque City, was awarded last July 18, with a 1-Star Design Recognition under BERDE for the New Construction V1.0.0., for sufficiently complying with all the mandatory requirements of the BERDE rating system. Depending on the extent of conformance to the green building rating system, a project may get a rating of 1-star to the highest possible rating of 5-star based on the 11 BERDE criteria: Management, Land Use & Ecology, Water, Energy, Transportation, Indoor Environment Quality, Materials, Emissions, Waste, Heritage Conservation and Innovation.
Seeing the shift to a greener and more sustainable construction industry, both PHILGBC and TÜV Rheinland expect more construction firms and developers venture into green building certification. Aside from the first Balfour corporate office, these are the projects that are also undergoing the BERDE Certification Process in various assessment stages: The Net Lima (Pilot Project BERDE for New Construction), DLSU Henry Sy Sr. Hall (Pilot Project BERDE for Educational Institutions), and RSP Lim Tower (New Construction).
TÜV Rheinland Philippines is the accredited certification body of the Philippine Green Building Council for BERDE Assessment and Certification Scheme and the accredited Training Institution for BERDE Education and Capacity Building Program. Find more information about BERDE training and certification at www.tuv.com/ph.
printed on People & Events Page of the Philippine Star, October 2, 2012.