UNVELING OF BERDE VERSION 2.0 (L-R): PHILGBC BERDE Committee Chairperson Rowena Ramos, Mr. Yew Meng Lim (WorldGBC-APN Partner), Ms. Yvonne So (Singapore Green Building Council), PHILGBC Chairman Raymond Rufino, Mr. Bk Sinha (Malaysia Green Building Confederation), PHILGBC National Convention Chairperson Emma Topacio, Saint-Gobain’s Vice President for Asia Pacific, Mr. Nicholas Nie, Mr. Justin Sun (Taiwan Green Building Council), Mr. Sampath Kumar Kabothu (Indian Green Building Council), and Vaishnavi Paturu (Indian Green Building Council).
Manila, Philippines – 21 November 2017 –
Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) officially launched BERDE Version 2.0.0. during the National Conference on “Collectively Shaping our NAMA for the Building Sector,” a conference co-presented by the PHILGBC with the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission supporting market transformation held during the Climate Change Consciousness Week 2017.
The launch was led by Ms. Rowena Ramos, Chairperson of the PHILGBC BERDE committee, who presented on the features of BERDE version 2.0.0. The launch was witnessed by members and guests from government and industry during the national conference, and leaders from the World Green Building Council’s Asia-Pacific Regional Network (WorldGBC-APN).
BERDE version 2.0’s framework considers 9-core areas namely:
- Energy Efficiency and Conservation,
- Water Efficiency and Conservation,
- Waste Management,
- Use of Land and Ecology,
- Green Materials,
- Indoor Environment Quality, and,
Electives will be introduced in the new version of BERDE to provide credits for areas that may provide wider sustainability benefits which may not necessarily be part of the core framework. Credits under this library of electives is currently being developed and will be released to the public soon. Examples of credits under this library may include: Innovations, Heritage Promotion, Heritage Protection, and other socio-economic credits.
BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes (BERDE GBRS) under BERDE Version 2.0.0 that have been officially released during the conference are BERDE GBRS – New Construction (BERDE-NC), and BERDE GBRS – Operations (BERDE-OP). BERDE GBRS – Renovations (BERDE-RN) is currently being finalized and will be released to the public soon.
The official website for BERDE, http://berdeonline.org, was also newly improved, along with the release of the new version of BERDE. The new release of the site is designed to improve usability and public access, with improved functionality. This will provide for clean and intuitive design that is responsive and is accessible in various devices including desktop, tablet, and mobile phones. The site will also include a website to print function, where users may print copies of the rating system straight from the website and will be printed with the same layout as the book copy of the green building rating system. Search functionality of the site have also been enhanced for an improved experience in navigating through the green building rating system. Changes in the current version of the BERDE GBRS will be updated faster using the addenda tab in the site. This will eliminate confusion on what is the latest information on BERDE.
“Buildings are complex structures. They may look the same across from New York to Manila, and the rest of the world, but what goes on inside them while they are being constructed, planned, completed and operated, can be as the same in Thailand. Same but different. The business culture of each country, the materials they use, politics and the policies, incentives from the lobby of knowledgeable groups like the Philippine Green Building Council, the type energy and the manner by which it is generated and used, and the transport to get there, can be so much be different from country to country. In short, building rating system is really like the DNA or thumbprint of any country. I will argue very strongly, a direct example of what’s happening, its evolving, its alive. It needs to be changed. It needs to be looked at as things change, and the only constant thing in life as we all know is change. A local rating system, in my opinion, is the best rating system for that particular country. In behalf of the chair of the World Green Building Council, Mr. Tai Lee Siang, on behalf of the chair of the Asia Pacific [Regional] Network, Mr. S. Raghupathy, and on behalf of the regional manager for Asia Pacific [Regional] Network, [Ms.] Joelle Chen, I congratulate the Philippine Green Building Council for BERDE [Version] 2.0.0,” said Mr. BK Sinha, Vice Chairman of the WorldGBC-APN, and Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Green Building Confederation.
BERDE (or Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence) is the National Voluntary Green Building Rating System recognized by the government through the Department of Energy’s Philippine Energy Efficiency Project – Efficient Building Initiative.
“Admirable is that the BERDE rating system is increasingly being used by both the private and public sectors as a recognizable branding tool to easily identify buildings that meet environmental standards,” said Secretary Alfonso Cusi of the Department of Energy (DOE) in his message of support for the PHILGBC National Convention.
“The DOE is very proud to have the PHILGBC as our partner in promoting green technology and sustainable development,” remarked Sec. Cusi in his message.
Currently, there are 36 BERDE-registered projects representing a total gross floor area of 1,129,490 square meters. Companies that trust BERDE for their building projects include: Maynilad Water Services, Mañosa Properties, Arthaland Corporation, First Balfour, HT Land Corporation, Ayala Land Inc., Filinvest Land Inc., Laguna Lake Development Authority, The Net Group, De La Salle University, Monocrete Construction Philippines, Aseana Holdings, Keyland Corporation, Filinvest Alabang Inc., Cebu Land Masters, Prescon, and RSP Lim Construction Company.