MAKATI CITY, Philippines. – January 28, 2010 – The Building Green – the CEO Forum ends today with the NET Group, the leading developer of office buildings in Bonifacio Global City and Ayala Land, Inc., one of the largest developers in the Philippines committing to use BERDE – the National Green Building Rating System.
Opening the Forum this morning was British Ambassador Stephen Lillie. Mr. Lillie stressed that UK’s assistance to the PHILGBC is part of their commitment to assist developing countries who are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The Ambassador reiterated UK’s commitment in addressing Climate Change and highlighted the urgent intentions of the Copenhagen Accord in solving the challenge.
Welcoming the delegates to the forum is PHILGBC Chairman Christopher Cruz de la Cruz. He thanked the industry for being instrumental in the establishment of the Council and further stressed the influential work of the leading companies in the ongoing market transformation. “The present affirmative industry action on green building we are enjoying today is gradually being felt. Industry is being creative on how to make Green Building a major part of their business agenda,” the Council Chairman said. “Companies are recognizing that doing well by going green is doing good,” he added.
Mr. Carlos Rufino, President of the Net Group and Mr. Joel Luna, Vice President, Ayala Land, Inc., read and submitted to the Council their respective companies’ Letters of Commitment to support BERDE.
The CEO Forum brought together the green building champions from government, industry and the academe to discuss issues and challenges in making BERDE an effective green building policy development tool.
The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) and the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) co-hosted the Building Green – the CEO Forum. Building Green is the conference series initiated by the PHILGBC to open the dialogue on sustainability in the property sector.
BERDE was released today for comment to incorporate the expertise and insight of PHILGBC members.
The nation’s leading companies and organizations participated at the Forum. The Forum was chaired by former UNEP – International Technology Center, Japan, Deputy Director, Ms. Lilia Casanova.
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 PHILGBC shall be the non-partisan forum for the development of the national green building rating system. This forum shall be the stage in the ongoing debate on how to measure a building's sustainability credentials.
The Council shall act as a referee in determining the correctness of the claims of the project proponents by developing the national green building rating system. It shall be a consensus driven; third party certification, monitoring and verification scheme that will enable all property market players to benchmark against a single system, thus levelling the playing field. Businesses will use this mark as a recognizable environmental branding tool that will enable property buyers easily identify buildings that are performing environmentally well.
CHRISTOPHER CRUZ DELA CRUZ
Chairman and President
Philippine Green Building Council
(+632) 8970045, (GMT+08:00)
MA. ANNA GALANG TUNGOL
Philippine Green Building Council
(+632) 4896829, (GMT+08:00)