Mandaue – Building a Better City for its People

Better Places for People is a World Green Building Council global project which aims to create a world in which buildings are not only good for the environment, but also support healthier, happier and productive lives for those who occupy them.

With the commitment of educating the public on green building trends, and building sustainable cities and communities, the Philippine Green Building Council has been conducting green building programs for the private and public sector involving technology transfer, knowledge sharing and capacity building.

As a frontrunner and source of green building knowledge in the Philippines, the PHILGBC partnered and closely coordinated with the City Government of Mandaue (Mandaue) and USAID Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability Project (B-LEADERS) to successfully conduct the Capacity Building Program for the Implementation of the Green Building Ordinance of Mandaue in 2015.

Mandaue has developed strategic and effective policies to ensure its sustainable economic growth. With the continuous growth of the city comes environmental issues brought about by urbanization which will eventually hamper economic and social activities. The city government has identified green building as one of the solutions for the environmental challenges Mandaue is facing.

With the assistance of PHILGBC, Mandaue was able established strategies that address the concern for its sustainable development such as the development of a Green Building Program, and the adoption of the BERDE Green Building Rating System to measure the environmental performance of projects in the city. In addition, PHILGBC developed the following programs such as the Green Building Training, Green Building Training Modules, Green Building Toolkit, and Workshop on the Green Building Ordinace IRR to instill and encourage the development of green buildings in the city, which will contribute to environment, economic, and social advantages for Mandaue.

Mandaue believes that through its collaborative effort with PHILGBC, having a green and sustainable environment for the future generation is possible. With the adaptation ordinance, the new buildings that will be built will follow the principles of green building.

PHILGBC will continue to support the Better Places for People program to encourage other LGUs in the Philippines support the development of healthier, happier, and productive buildings, communities and cities.

Building Green Power Breakfast: Inspiring Green

22 June 2017, Makati City – The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) conducted its Power Breakfast: Inspiring Green for the Building Professionals and Service Providers Member Network of the council at the Molave Room, Dusit Thani Manila with twelve (12) member companies.

In his welcome message, PHILGBC Chair, Ramon Rufino, shared that the Power Breakfast is a roundtable discussion series created to engage with the respective Member Networks of the Council, and to stimulate meaningful dialogue on emerging green building issues in the building industry. He also encouraged the participants to share their thoughts and ideas on how the council can further promote, strengthen the promotion of green building in the country.

Air and Odor Management Chief Executive Officer, Jeroen Van Straten, co-organizer of the Power Breakfast, gave an introduction of their company and its services. He briefly discussed the parameters and acceptable indoor air quality limits that their technologies are addressing. Mr. Straten shared that company conducts assessments of the air quality and provides recommendations and solutions for the clients to be certified for clean air. AOM General Manager, Mr. Maranan added that the company offers packages based on the SS 554 Indoor Air Quality Standards of Singapore.

Mr. Mario Suelto, BERDE Technical Manager, presented the initial draft of BERDE V.2.0, discussing the changes applied in the following: BERDE Framework, Terminologies, BERDE Green Building Rating System, and Credits. In addition, he discussed how the Core Framework was refactored to refine what credits are essential in developing a green building project. In addition, Electives were introduced as optional credits that may provide wider sustainability benefits which are not part of the Core Framework.

PHILGBC Chief Executive Officer, Christopher de la Cruz facilitated the discussion after the two presentations. Questions about BERDE, and Indoor Air Quality were addressed. He mentioned that PHILGBC is currently doing a credit to credit consultation, and will conduct an internal consultation with the council members on September. Furthermore, he shared that the BERDE V.2.0 will have its soft launch at the end of July and will be officially released on November 2017 during the Building Green 2017 Conference. He also mentioned that CBP training is currently on hold until the finalization of BERDE v2.0.0.

PHILGBC Executive Director, Ms. Anna Tungol, closed the activity by reminding the members on the upcoming events of the council namely such as the Special Membership Meeting in September to coincide with celebration of the World Green Building Week and the National Convention in November which includes the WGBC Asia Pacific Network Meeting, the PHILGBC 10th Year Anniversary Gala and Building Green events such as CEO Breakfast Forum, Green Building Tour, and the Annual Conference. For additional inputs and suggestions, the members were encouraged to send an email at secretariat@philgbc.org.

BERDE Education: IES VE Training

26 MAY 2017, TAGUIG CITY – The Philippine Green Building Council conducted its training on Integrated Environmental Solutions – Virtual Environment (IESVE) with assessors for the BERDE Program.  With the support of IES, the PHILGBC hosted the training with internal and external assessors on using the energy modeling software in assessing the design of buildings.

 Mr. Sriman NCVK, Business Development Manager, IES, provided the training on the IESVE 2017, a 3D performance analysis software for designing energy efficient buildings.  He shared that the technology is a comprehensive tool to support architects and engineers in ensuring the different aspects of building projects are addressed.  The suite includes tools for:

·         Solar shading calculation,

·         Dynamic heat load calculation,

·         Artificial lighting simulation,

·         Daylight simulation,

·         HVAC analysis,

·         Infiltration analysis,

·         Evacuation planning, and

·         Standards compliance analysis.


The training provided by Mr. Sriman included previews on the featured applications and a detailed walkthrough on ModelIT, Suncast, Apache, and Vista.  Discussions included how energy modeling tools, such as IES, may contribute to designing BERDE projects, and supporting the efficient implementation of BERDE Certification.

Cross and Parallel Working Session for the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action

12-13 JUNE 2017, BANGKOK, THAILAND —The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) joined the Philippine team in the two-day Cross and Parallel Working Session for the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) Development for the Building Sector in Asia Project organized by the United Nations Environment in the UN office in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Philippine team composed of representatives from the Climate Change Commission (CCC), National Housing Authority and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), discussed in details the two NAMA concepts in place for the building sector which were endorsed by the CCC in April.

The first concept is the public sector NAMA which revolves around the effort to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) in the socialized housing sector through efforts proposed by the NHA. The second is the private sector NAMA which revolves around the effort to reduce GHGs in the mainstream residential and commercial sector through efforts currently undertaken by the PHILGBC. Discussion points included the detailed implementation plan, definition of stakeholder roles, expected impacts, and financing.

The Philippine team together with representatives from the UN Environment will meet again in July to finalize the NAMA proposals for submission to the NAMA registry.

LPG Philippines Forum 2017

27-28 APRIL 2017, TAGUIG CITY –  The Philippine Green Building Council this year’s Light Petroleum Gas Summit organized by AllEventsGroup held in SMX Convention Center, SM Aura. LPG Summit is a regional platform the brought together stakeholders from the government, LPG plants, LPG distribution companies, technology providers and investors to discuss policy directions on LPG.

The two-day summit consisted of talks and seminars that focused on the developments of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) on different sectors in the Philippines. The second day consisted of Focus Group discussions in the building sector, transportation sector and environmental sector.

In his welcome remark, Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary Gerardo D. Erguiza, Jr.  shared that the department is implementing projects that promotes LPG products and is working on passing an LPG Bill.

DOE Director Melita V. Obillo discussed the upcoming developments for the LPG industry in the Philippines, highlighting the stable increase in the demand for LPG every year.

Among the topics discussed during the summit include: the global developments and trends in LPG; the use of LPG in public transportation in the Philippines, and tax reforms and other incentives to help the cooperatives and other transport fleets in the development of the modernization of public utility vehicles.

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity National Workshop

20-21 JUNE 2017, MANILA – The Philippine Green Building Council attended the recently held two-day national workshop on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) organized by Resources, Environment, and Economics Center for Studies, Inc. (REECS) in LOCATION OF WORKSHOP.

The Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in collaboration with REECS is currently implementing TEEB – Philippine Country Study, a global initiative led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) focusing on the planned reclamation in the Manila Bay area covering 685 hectares, which may pose harmful effects on the Las Piñas – Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA).

TEEB is an interdisciplinary approach to ecosystem policy development that addresses the growing cost of biodiversity loss and ecosystems degradation. The initiative is focused on enabling decision-makers to recognize, demonstrate, and capture the economic benefits and values of ecosystem services and biodiversity.

Featured Project: Arya Residences

Arya Residences is the Philippines’ first residential development undergoing dual green building certification using the BERDE New Construction v1.1.0 for Residential development and the LEED rating system. The two-tower residential development is a project of the ArthaLand Corporation, a member of the Philippine Green Building Council.

Among the green building features being considered in the project include:

  • Close proximity to basic amenities such as hospital, institutions, commercial and business areas;
  • Provision for bicycle racks to encourage bikers;
  • maximize natural ventilation and natural daylight;
  • Employment of low flow, low flush fixtures which may result of 40% less water consumption;
  • Provision for dual piping for irrigation and flushing;
  • Usage of local vegetation that may require minimal maintenance and water usage
  • Usage of low VOC paint and sealants for a healthier home;
  • Usage of high-quality, eco-friendly sustainable materials
  • Usage of low energy consumption appliances and systems such as energy-efficient air conditioning units which may contribute to a reduction of at least 14% energy demand.

Arya Residences is located at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards 2017

The Philippine Green Building Council commends and recognizes it corporate members who have recently won multiple awards during the 5th PropertyGuru Philippines Property (PPP) Awards last May 4, 2017. The PPP Awards is part of the regional Asia Property Awards program established in 2005.

Megaworld Corporation, a sustaining Member of the council from 2009 to 2014, received the Best Developer of the Year award for two consecutive years. The company won 8 major awards such as the Best Universal Design Development award and Best Mixed Use Development award among others. They also received 17 citations for some of their projects in Metro Manila and in Cebu.

Robinsons Land Corp, a corporate member of the council since 2015 won 5 major awards such as Best Residential Interior Design Award, and Best Retail Development Award among others. Robinsons Land President has been named as the Real Estate Personality of the Year as chosen by the editors of Property Report Magazine.

ArthaLand Corp, a corporate member since 2008, won the Best Best Office Architectural Design Award.

The main category winners are advancing to the seventh annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards grand final in Singapore this November at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, where they will compete with 15 other markets in the region and be crowned the “Best in Asia”.

INSIDE THE BOARDROOM: Emma B. Topacio

Currently the PHILGBC Chair of the National Convention Committee, Emma is the Buildings End Segment Head – Marketing of Republic Cement Services, Inc.  She is a licensed Civil Engineer, holds a Masters in Business Administration degree and is a Certified BERDE Professional by the Philippine Green Building Council.

Emma started her career in 2005 as a Structural Engineer for Sy2 + Associates, Inc., the leading structural engineering consultancy firm in the Philippines.  In 2011, she joined James Hardie Philippines and was in charge of Technical Support, Product Development and Business Development.  Thereafter, she was with AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corp. as a Project Development Manager where she was involved in the conceptualization, planning, implementation and delivery of hotel and resort projects.

Emma joined Republic in 2013.  Her role allows her to work with specifiers and key influencers to develop building solutions, in line the Company’s vision of being a trusted leader in innovative construction solutions for building a greener and stronger Republic.

INSIDE THE BOARDROOM: Elizabeth G. Rabuy

Elizabeth “Beth” Garcia-Rabuy is on her second term as a member of the Board of Trustees.  She is FPD Asia Property Services, Inc.’s representative under the Building Professionals and Service Providers member category.  She is the Chair of Public Relations Committee of the PHILGBC.

Beth is a Certified Public Accountant by profession who earned her chops in professional facilities and property management by managing Bonifacio Global City during its inception and early years.  She served as the General Manager of Bonifacio Estates Services Corporation (BESC) and Vice President for Estate Services of Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation.

In 2000, Beth left BESC to head up FPD Asia Property Services, Inc. (formerly FPD-Savills Philippines, Inc.), the pioneer property management firm in the Philippines with over 70 managed properties in its portfolio.  The almost 30-year history of FPD Asia was made richer in 2005 when it became an all-Filipino company with her at the helm.

From early days, Beth has held to the guiding principle that land is not inherited from our forefathers but borrowed from our children.  Thus, her advocacy to help sustain the environment by promoting green practices in the properties FPD Asia manages.  Under her leadership, FPD Asia secured and maintains an ISO 14001 Certification for its implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS).  Beth has also strengthened FPD Asia’s environmental advocacy with partnerships with ABS-CBN’s Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation–Bantay Kalikasan and Udenna Environmental Services, Inc. among others.

Beth believes that PHILGBC and its members, like FPD Asia, have the ability to set an important example and educate their clients and communities about what they can do to foster sustainable development in their properties.