BUILDING GREEN – THE CEO FORUM Leading property company the NET Group commits to use BERDE at the upcoming NET Lima Project

MAKATI CITY, Philippines. – January 28, 2010 – The Building Green – the CEO Forum ends today with the NET Group President Mr. Carlos S. Rufino announcing their company’s commitment to use BERDE in their latest project NET Lima at the Bonifacio Global City during the pilot phase of the implementation of the Philippines’ pioneering green building effort.

BERDE – The Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence is the National Green Building Rating System developed by the PHILGBC. Developed by a non-partisan forum composed of the nation’s leaders in industry, professional institutions, academe, and government, this forum shall be the stage in the ongoing debate on how to measure a building’s sustainability credentials. BERDE will help in determining the correctness and accuracy of the environmental claims of the project proponents.

BERDE is a consensus driven; third party certification, monitoring and verification scheme that will enable all property market players to benchmark against a single green building rating system. It will guide decision makers in industry in designing, constructing and operating greener buildings. Businesses will use BERDE as a recognizable environmental branding tool that will enable property buyers easily identify buildings that are performing environmentally well.

The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) and the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) co-hosted the Building Green – the CEO Forum to open the dialogue on sustainability in the property sector. The Conference brought together the green building champions from industry discuss issues and challenges in making BERDE an effective green building transformation tool.

BERDE was released today for comment to incorporate the expertise and insight of PHILGBC members.

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.

Contact:

CHRISTOPHER CRUZ DELA CRUZ
Chairman and President
Philippine Green Building Council
(+632) 8970045, (GMT+08:00)
ccdelacruz@philgbc.org

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

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