Weather and Tropical Cyclone 101 Training Session

11 MAY 2017, PASAY CITY –The Philippine Green Building Council attended the training session on Weather 101 and Tropical Cyclone 101, organized by the ARISE Philippines and conducted by one its members, the Weather Philippines Foundation (WPF).

The training session was conducted to inform, educate, and promote the basic knowledge about weather related event that organization may consider for their disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption initiatives.

Engr. Dave Valeriano, General Manager of WPF, shared that the information were collected through the help of 130 companies in 430 provinces and trainings were conducted to disseminated them. The gathered information is used in cloud seeding, flight management, and other useful and productive activities.

Mr. David Michael Padua, a senior typhoon specialist of WFP, discussed discussed the different climate patterns in the Philippines.

The training ended with a discussion of how weather information is being gathered. By the use of Project Noah’s hazard maps, it becomes possible to predict the areas that can be affected by flood.

Inside the Boardroom: Jeroen Van Straten

As a father of 3, I am always looking after my children’s welfare. As a business owner, I have come to shoulder that same responsibility for all of my employees. I try to give them the best working environment I can provide and I know that a green office is a positive step in that direction.

My business has equipments and solutions that cater towards a greener, cleaner and healthier living indoors and outdoors. Being part of PHILGBC was the right decision both personal and professional. “

Jeroen van Straten is currently the Programs and Events Committee Chair representing the Manufacturers and Suppliers Member Group of the Philippine Green Building Council. He is the owner of Benmark Group Holdings which owns and operates over 50 restaurants of Pepper Lunch, Shaburi and Yakitori One. Currently the Chief Executive Officer of one of the Council’s Silver Sustaining Members, Air and Odor Management, Inc., the Philippines leader in indoor air solution. He is also the Co-founder of online social casino games under Definite Gaming company.

Featured Member: Air and Odor Management, Inc.

Air and Odor Management (AOM) is a fully integrated air solutions company that promotes and encompasses all aspects of clean air living.

At AOM, their philosophy is, “A great life begins with clean air. Let us help care for the air you breathe.”

From Indoor Air Quality assessment, odor neutralizing solutions, kitchen exhaust air purification systems, industrial air cleaners and dehumidifiers, mold remediation and ambient scenting.

They believe the benefits of clean and healthy air not only enhances quality of life, but increases work productivity when offices and commercial buildings are free of harmful air pollutants and foul odors.

Client list includes hotels, BPO’s, schools, hospitals, malls, restaurants, factories, residential and office towers, casinos and industrial facilities.

Featured Project: First Balfour Corporate Office

The First Balfour’s Corporate Office of the Lopez Group construction firm is the first to be awarded with BERDE Design Recognition under BERDE for the New Construction V1.0.0 in 2014.  First Balfour, Inc. redesigned and retrofitted the buildings from the land they bought to incorporate the following green features:

  • Endemic Trees for natural shading
  • Meters for clean water and reused water
  • Storage tanks for used oil
  • Rainwater collection system
  • Parking spaces for the handicap, carpool, bicycles, motorcycle, and green vehicles.
  • Illumination control and Energy Efficient Lighting

First Balfour Corporate Office is located along KM 19 West Service Road, Parañaque City.


AUTODESK Offers Special Discount to PHILGBC Members

Autodesk Asia Pte Ltd., one of the Silver-Sustaining Corporate Members of the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), invites their fellow PHILGBC members to a special price offer for various software bundles. PHILGBC members can now get access to a wide collection of the most essential Autodesk software and services in one package—simply, conveniently, and at an attractive price. Autodesk introduces their ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION COLLECTION.

PHILGBC members can enjoy a special discount of up to 15%. The pricing offer includes Insight 360 within the AEC Collection, a guide to Better Building Energy and Environmental Performance. This special offering also includes BIM 360 Team – enables architects, engineers and their project stakeholders to work efficiently together in a centralized cloud workspace.

The special pricing offer to members of the PHILGBC is until July 21, 2017. For more information, visit Autodesk at

Disclaimer: Distribution of this announcement was done as a service to Autodesk Asia Pte Ltd being a member of the PHILGBC. This does not constitute an endorsement or guarantee by the PHILGBC of the company, the products, claims or promotional pricing or discounts being offered in this announcement. For questions, complaints, comments or inquiries, please contact Autodesk directly.



Better Places for People


Expressions of Interest – 2017 Better Places for People Case Study Report


June 2017, Taguig City—The Philippine Green Building Council is one of the National Green Building Councils participating in the World Green Building Council’s global project—Better Places for People. Better Places for People aims to create a world wherein buildings are good for the environment, and support healthier, happier and more productive lives for those who occupy them.

Better Places for People is launching its 2017 Expressions of Interest for Case Studies for a new report on green and healthy buildings.

The 2016 Case Study report, “Building the Business Case: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Green offices,” was a success. The report featured several new case studies of buildings all around that world that have implemented the metrics framework outlined in the World Green Building Council’s 2014 report, “Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The next chapter for green building”. The 2016 Case Study Report also included research by four Green Building Councils on their markets and the buildings in their countries which have been using health and wellbeing as a tool to attract tenants and support occupants.

Opportunity for your Green & Healthy Building to be Showcased. A follow-up report is to be published this year and will be open to reporting all other building-occupancy types, not just offices. We encourage you to submit your case study and have the potential to be part of the 15 buildings globally that will be showcased by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) in the report.

What are green and healthy buildings? Green and Healthy Buildings are developments that are environmentally-responsible, resource-efficient, and improves the health, wellbeing, and productivity of people occupying them.

What buildings qualify for the Case Study Report? All building occupancy types may be considered for the case study report—residential, retail, office, mixed-use developments, and open-spaces, among others.

When is the deadline? The Expression of Interest to develop a case study will close on 4 July 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

To have your project considered for the 2017 Better Places for People Case Study Report, kindly accomplish an online form on your Expression of Interest (EOI), accessible at this link. Your submission constitutes an intention to develop a full case study with WorldGBC for publication in the final Case Study report (and potentially other avenues) provided your case study is accepted.

For more information on the guidelines for submission and developing the case study, please refer to the attached document (General Information on the Case Study Report and guidelines for submission of documents to be considered for the Case Study Report).

More information about the World Green Building Council’s Better Places for People global project is available at

For any questions, you may contact Mr. Colin Powell, Project Manager for Better Places for People at cc:

Mandaue City Awarded with the APEC Low Carbon Model Town

CEBU CITY, 14 October 2015 – Mandaue City was selected as the next Low Carbon Model Town of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). One of the highlights of the 12th APEC Energy Ministers’ Meeting in Cebu last 13 October 2015, Secretary Zenaida Monsada of the Philippines’ Department of Energy (DOE) and Chair of the APEC 12th EMM announced that Mandaue City will be part of the Phase 6 of the LCMT project, joining case towns from other APEC economies, such as Koh Samui in Thailand, Da Nang in Vietnam, and San Borja in Peru. Continue reading

PHILGBC welcomes Megawide Construction Corporation as Sustaining Members

Leading construction firm, Megawide Construction Corporation joins the roster of PHILGBC Sustaining Members.

Megawide is a publicly-listed construction firm recognized for its use of advanced construction methods and technology. Ed Saavedra, President and CEO of Megawide, leads its team of dynamic and highly-trained young engineers and builders. Their latest project includes: The Proscenium, Filinvest Cebu Cyberzone, One World Place, and Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

Membership to the PHILGBC affirms that your organization is a dedicated partner in the campaign for sustainability and in the greening of the building and construction industry. Sustaining members contribute significantly in the operations of the council including R&D and awareness and educational programs that the PHILGBC continuously deliver.

Learn more about them at

Join us and let us inspire confidence and build trust as together we transform the market.

Other sustaining members include: The Net Group, Autodesk, Monocrete Construction Phils, Inc., Philips Electronics & Lighting, Inc., Concepcion Carrier Airconditioning Corp. and Megaworld Corp.

Join us in celebrating World Green Building Week 2015

This year, we’re sharing the story of how green buildings are powering positive change around the globe.

The World Green Building Week 2015 is a celebration of “Powering Positive Change” through green buildings.  WGBW is the biggest and best opportunity to highlight our global movement and collective mission — to create sustainable built environments. Continue reading

Save the Date: Building Green 2015

Save the date for this year’s Building Green Conference 2015!

BG2015 Save the Date

BG2015 will be on 25 September 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.  The annual conference will highlight current green building and sustainability initiatives in the public and private sector.

Join us as we discuss green building technologies and practices at a global and regional scale, and highlight local green building initiatives!

Click here for more information on BG2015.

Contact the National Convention Committee to learn more on how to be part of the conference.

Building Green is the signature flagship campaign for the events of the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC).  Each BG event is designed to promote and educate the public on green building designs, products, and services, and to showcase advances in green building technologies and practices.

Visit the official Building Green website for previous BG events.