The Building Green Conference, the flagship annual green building conference of the PHILGBC, was held last September 25, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. BG2014 was conducted as part of the celebration of the World Green Building Week 2014.
BG2014 highlighted current green building initiatives in the public sector, as well as current best green building practices and technologies from the private sector.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., addressed the delegates as the keynote speaker for the conference. He shared his work towards passing a Green Building law. Further he commended the Council for taking the lead in green building and reiterated his support for the PHILGBC. He was well received and applauded for supporting the green initiatives from the national government’s end. He was also given a quick tour of the co-related exhibits on green products and sustainable developments through technological equipment that harness alternative forms of energy.
Mr. Jesus Anunciacion, Assistant Director for Energy Utilization Management Bureau of the Department of Energy (DOE) presented the programs of the government in promoting energy efficiency. Secretary J. R. Nereus Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection, followed with a resounding presentation on government leading the way for the property sector in green building. He presented the Laguna Lake Development Authority Building, the first government building to undergo green building certification in the Philippines under the BERDE Green Building Rating System.
Presentations from local and foreign speakers from the private sector discussed current technologies that contribute to green buildings: Mr. Thomas Peebles, Solenergy Systems, Inc., on Building Integrated Photovoltaics; Mr. Gilbert Ong, Philips Electronic Lighting, on Efficient Lighting Design; Mr. Vance Lew, Lutron GL Limited, on Lighting Control; and, Mr. Don H. Lee, Lafarge Cement Sevice (Phils) Inc.
Other presentations from the private sector focused on green building principles and best practice: Mr. Noel Verdote, International Finance Corporation, on Global Green Standards and Sustainable Energy Finance; Mr. Michael Banak, Crone Partners, Australia, on his Architectural Practice in Sydney; and, Mr. Jefre Manuel, JEFRË Miami, on environmental art and landscape.
BG2014 was sponsored by The Net Group, Datem Incorporated, LaFarge and International Elevator & Equipment, Inc. The conference was co-located with the Green Construct Exhibit, organized by Globallink MP Events International, Inc.