TAGUIG CITY, March 30, 2017 – Market leaders, property investors, contractors, and real estate experts gathered together in a seminar, “Blueprints for Green Buildings” last March 30, 2017, co-organized by GRESB, Asia-Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA), Quismbing Torres and supported by Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC). The presentations provided attendees with an overview of the tools and insights as well as case studies that may help them improve their real estate portfolio’s sustainability performance.

Ruben Langbroek, Head of GRESB Asia Pacific gave an overview on responsible investing which incorporates environmental, social, and governance factors (ESG), to better manage risks and generate sustainable long term returns.

Elizabeth Opena, Partner at Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker McKenzie International, provided the salient features of the Philippine Green Building Code. In addition, a representative from company presented the 2nd Edition of the Global Sustainable Buildings Index, a report that compares sustainable policies, schemes and practices in 25 countries.

Sylvester Wong, Vice President at AECOM shared on the trends in sustainability.

Two case studies were presented showing sustainability best practices. Ms. Anna Maria Gonzales, Sustainability Manager of Ayala Land, Inc, and a member of the PHILGBC board shared about the Makati Stock Exchange Building, one of the oldest energy efficient buildings built in 1970. The MSE has been an awardee of the Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficient Awards from 2006-2013.

Mr. Raymond Rufino, Co-President of The Net Group (TNG) and Chair of the PHILGBC, shared that their company has partnered with the Aboitiz Power to provide clean energy for all the TNG buildings making them the only developer that uses renewable energy in the country. This action has reduced the organization’s carbon use by 93% which is equivalent to 1.2 million trees. He also shared that investing in waterless urinal and LED lights is a simple green building strategy that has a short payback period of only 1.4 years.

In summary, the seminar emphasized that green building is not about implementing one solution alone. Each aspect of the building needs to be considered to find the solution to lessen its carbon footprint.

Posted in Issue 7, Newsletter, PHILGBC, PHILGBC.