The Philippine Green Building Council(PHILGBC) was incorporated on March 22, 2007 as a national non-stock, non-profit organization that promotes the sharing of knowledge on green building practices to the industry to ensure a sustainable environment. It was organized to serve as a single voice in the promotion of holistic and market-based green building practices, to facilitate the sharing of green building information and practices in the building industry, and to serve as a non-partisan venue for the development of a green building rating system.
Since its establishment, PHILGBC has been campaigning for the transformation of design, construction and management methods of the industry into practices that are environmentally and socially responsible, safe and healthy, and a prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.
With a lot of “schools of thought” on how to be green, the PhilGBC explains to the public that a rating tool will make things easier for the public to identify green buildings. In this regard, the Council is continuously developing and improving the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) Rating System, the Philippines’ own green building rating system. Initiated to facilitate greener building, BERDE measures how a building excels above and beyond the existing local environmental regulations and standards.
The PHILGBC is a member of the World Green Building Council – Asia Pacific Network. The Council is also a member organization of the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE), and a global partner of the GLOBE Alliance. The Council’s opinions are valued in the areas of policy development, business development, and environmental expertise. And over the span of five years, a growing number of individual professionals and over two hundred and fifty (250) corporations and organizations from the different sectors of the building industry are currently members of the largest and greenest building initiative in the country.