BUILDING GREEN 2010 Industry leaders to gather at green building conference to promote BERDE.

Quezon City, Philippines. – November 15, 2010 – Building Green 2010, the annual conference of the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) will be bringing together leaders from the property sector to discuss the latest relevant issues on the environment that affects the industry. Building Green was initiated to be the platform for meaningful dialogue to further promote green building in the Philippines. The conference will be held at Richmonde Hotel, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City from November 17-18, 2010.

The conference will highlight presentations regarding outcomes of building research presently conducted by the members of the PHILGBC. During the conference, BERDE – Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence – the Philippines’ Green Building Rating System will be officially released.

Technical discussions during the conference will be tackling management, land use and ecology, water, energy, transportation, indoor environmental quality, materials, emissions, waste, heritage conservation, and innovation.

The Net Group and the Ayala Land Inc. were part of the pilot program of BERDE.

The NET Group’s NET Lima project located at the Bonifacio Global City will be the first building to use BERDE for New Construction Version 1.0.

Mr. Carlos Rufino believes that sustainability is the now part of the decision making process. “The question that always comes up is – ‘What’s our green statement?’” Mr. Rufino said. Developers need to respond to the market, but an effective green building tool is needed. “Developers are now focused on how to answer that question. A transparent guideline makes it easy to respond,” he added.

“Being eco-friendly has always been part of the NET Group’s philosophy,” shared by NET Group Chairman Mr. Jacques Dupasquier. He believes that as the NET Group uses BERDE for New Construction Version 1.0 during the pilot program, it enables them to share their experience on the new green building rating system. He believes that “with BERDE it’s going to give companies a jumpstart in the market with the experience that's tested and proven”.

Ayala Land Inc. shall be the first company to use BERDE for Existing Buildings Version 1.0. Their pilot projects include: One Evotech Building, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa City; Nuvali Evoliving Center, Sta. Rosa City; Tower One and Exchange Plaza, Makati City; Solaris One Building, Makati City; UP Ayala Land Techno Hub, Quezon City; Greenbelt Mall, Makati City; BGC BPO Building, Bonifacio Global City; and the Marquee Mall, Angeles City, Pampanga.

“We always had the philosophy for responsible development and it’s fortunate that BERDE, a more formal metric is now available,” Mr. Joel Luna of Ayala Land, Inc. said during a discussion with companies who were part of BERDE’s development.

One of the core mandates of the PHILGBC is to deliver a green building rating system that shall be consensus driven, industry led and government supported to address the need to properly measure the environmental performance of buildings. BERDE is developed by a wide multi-stakeholder base and non-partisan forum composed of the nation’s leaders in industry, professional institutions, academe, and government. The PHILGBC is the forum on the ongoing debate on how to measure a building’s sustainability credentials. BERDE will help in determining the correctness of environmental claims of building projects. Local environmental priorities and context shall be highlighted in BERDE and it shall be industry’s tool in pursuing sustainability. It is foreseen that BERDE shall redefine the way architects, engineers, contractors and developers design, construct, and operate buildings. It may be used by the government as a voluntary instrument to encourage environmental excellence in industry.

Building Green is the conference series initiated by the PHILGBC to open the dialogue on sustainability in the property sector.

About BERDE

One of the core mandates of the PHILGBC is to deliver a green building rating system that shall be consensus driven, industry led and government supported to address the need to properly measure the environmental performance of buildings. BERDE is developed by a wide multi-stakeholder base and non-partisan forum composed of the nation’s leaders in industry, professional institutions, academe, and government. The PHILGBC is the forum on the ongoing debate on how to measure a building’s sustainability credentials. BERDE will help in determining the correctness of environmental claims of building projects. Local environmental priorities and context shall be highlighted in BERDE and it shall be industry’s tool in pursuing sustainability. It is foreseen that BERDE shall redefine the way architects, engineers, contractors and developers design, construct, and operate buildings. It may be used by the government as a voluntary instrument to encourage environmental excellence in industry.

About the PHILGBC

The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) is a national not-for-profit organization that promotes the sharing of knowledge on green practices to the property industry to ensure a sustainable environment.

As an alliance of national leaders from both the public and private sectors, the Philippine Green Building Council shall take the lead in ensuring that industry designs, builds and operates buildings in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner that will pave the way for the Filipinos to live, work and play in safe, healthy and productive environments. For more information about the PHILGBC, you may visit http://www.philgbc.org/

Media Contact:

MA. ANNA GALANG TUNGOL
Executive Director
Philippine Green Building Council
(+632) 4896829, (GMT+08:00)
agtungol@philgbc.org
http://philgbc.org

To learn more about the PHILGBC, its conference series
Building Green or to schedule an interview with any of
the officers and/or members of the Council please contact
the PHILGBC National Secretariat at (+632) 4896829,
(GMT+08:00).

Copies of photos of the event will be made available to
the media. For requests please email
secretariat@philgbc.org .

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