FEATURED MEMBER: The Net Group

Founded and led by the entrepreneurial partners Jacques Dupasquier and Carlos Rufino, the group pioneered the “boutique IT office building” concept in the country. The company is considered the Philippines’ largest developer and operator of green office buildings. Their projects include: Net One Center, Net Square, Net Cube, Net Quad, and Net Plaza, Net Lima and Net Park.

In line with the vision to be recognized as the premier brand in delivering unparalleled workplace experience, The Net Group (TNG) commits itself to revolutionize workplaces by creating unique and sustainable lifestyle experience that offers excellence in design, technology, and service. They deliver green office spaces, making them the ideal choice for multinationals. All the buildings are currently occupied by 500 companies and prominent corporations like Fortune, JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, GE, Intel, Oracle, Ericsson, and Quisumbing Torres (Baker and McKenzie).

TNG was named in 2010 as the “Entrepreneurship Team of the Year” by the Asia CEO Award. It set new benchmarks with Net Lima, the sixth in their series of intelligent office buildings, which remains the biggest office developer in Bonifacio Global City with 54.5% of the gross leasable office in the area.

TNG has integrated the green philosophy into all aspects of property development, from design to construction to management. To show their commitment to green building, they switched six of their buildings to AboitizPower’s renewable energy, Cleanergy in 2013.

TNG continues to inspire leadership in building green.  Their Net Lima building is the first certified green building in the country under the BERDE Green Building Rating System with a 4-Stars rating. In addition, TNG’s Net Park is currently eyeing to achieve the highest rating under BERDE.

Carlos Rufino: A Visionary in Real Estate Development and a Leader in Green Building

Carlos “Charlie” Rufino is a prime mover in the real estate development and an exemplar green developer.

A visionary, and despite the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis that struck and left many businesses bankrupt, Charlie was able to see the potential of a former military base.  He knew that he can make something great out of the then barren and former military base and turn it into a great and remarkable city — Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

As Chief Executive Officer of The Net Group, he focused and invested on green office projects and built the first high rise building in Fort Bonifacio, The Net One Center. Evidently, he was able to build and develop a city in only a span of 25 years.

Charlie has achieved numerous notable projects but considers his involvement in the development of Fort Bonifacio to be the highlight of his career. For him, seeing and being able to share his experience in contributing to the growth and development of Bonifacio Global City is incredible and fulfilling.

“I have been doing projects, I’ve been doing tall buildings, … But doing a city and seeing something grow from 20-25 years ago to what it is today is unbelievable to see because very few can really experience it. At the beginning there was nothing and you’re just looking at conceptual drawings to really seeing something there. And I can share that experience because I think for many people, this process is usually from 50-60 years and the people who start are usually no longer available at the end but I’ve been able because of the past growth of Bonifacio we’ve been able to see in 22 years what has really happened.”

Together with Jacques Dupasquier, Charlie formed The Net Group, the largest developer of premium office buildings in Bonifacio Global City. The success of the company is attributed to the impeccable reputation of the two co-founders and their team. The Net Group is known in the industry as a company that delivers on its commitments. Charlie considers having a clean and good track record very important as it goes a long way. Further, he believes that in building projects, one must not create  “win-lose” situations wherein only one party benefits and the other does not.

Charlie and Jacques are advocates of sustainable development. They are prime supporters of the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), the largest green building movement in the country.

Green building has been a part of Charlie’s vocabulary for the longest time. Ten years ago, the Philippines started to become a focal point of international groups who brought their own model of development with international standards. Charlie took this opportunity to align his interest in green building. He invested in the cost and marketing of his advocacy. Thus, giving him a greater understanding that green does not only apply to the design of the building but also on how a building is being used.

During the early years of PHILGBC, Charlie encouraged his son Ramon, who then just came back from finishing his Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Colombia University, to support the movement as pushing green building among all sectors is constructive and rewarding.

“We should be involved if we can, Let us be part of the early starters… So we’re very happy that we worked with them [PHILGBC]. Because I think being there at the start and having to push it among all the sectors whether you are a developer, supplier, designer, engineer is very fulfilling. And I think everybody has to be involved because at the end of the day green building helps us… In terms of telling our commitments to all our tenants that we’re also part of the PHILGBC means we know the language that we’re talking about, and we are a fierce proponent for this advocacy.”

Today, The Net Group is a leader in green building development. All the Net buildings are under various stages of certification under the BERDE green building rating system. In fact, Net Lima building is the first certified green building in the country under BERDE with a 4-stars rating. Another property, the Net Park, is currently eyeing to achieve the highest rating under the BERDE green building certification.

Presently, the industry has matured to the point it is no longer unknowing with the importance of green building. Nevertheless, Charlie remains committed to do and have collaborative spaces intended for sustainable development. He intends to gather the best minds among all sectors to come up with possible solutions and improvements for the development of cities.

“You can only move forward once you have a vision.”

Charlie is not planning to stop and rest on his laurels any time soon. For him, envisioning and planning for the development of cities are very significant. As a matter of fact, given the accomplishments that he has achieved, he plans to commit his time to be able to do something in the future to integrate the best planning in greening the cities of Makati, Pasig, and other surrounding areas.

Unquestionably, Charlie is a remarkable person. A groundbreaker in green building development. A visionary leader that continues to inspire the next generation. Advancing confidently in the direction of his vision as he translates it into reality.

CEO’S REPORT: Mr. Christopher C. de la Cruz

PHILGBC’S SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2016

The year 2016 has been a transformative and operative year where the PHILGBC achieved significant progress as a Green Building Council.

I. ESTABLISHED MEMBER OF THE WORLD GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

In June, the Philippine Green Building Council was given the status of Established Member, the highest level of membership of the World Green Building Council. This means that as a Green Building Council, it is fully operational, running impactful programs and have shown stability and national positioning. It is the go-to organization regarding green building in the country. Being an Established Member also signifies that the Philippine Green Building Council is continually working towards bringing together the property sector in a single platform for cooperation.

II. SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Throughout the year, PHILGBC reinforced and established new relationships with academe, government, and various organizations. Being the go-to organization on green building, the council provided their technical expertise in the fora and conferences of the following organizations:

• “8th CE- Logic National Electronic Conference: Go Green – Sustainable Libraries and Learning Spaces in the 21st Centuries” by CE – Logic Inc.
• “Sustainable Enterprise Summit 2016” by Enderun Extension and JCI Manila;
• “3rd Annual Power and Electricity World Philippines and Solar Show Philippines 2016” by Terrapin;
• “Building Momentum in Leadership and Management for Professionals and Specialists in Millennial Libraries and Information of Century” by Davao Colleges and Universities Network
• “Socialized Housing Challenges” by Housing Solution Congress;
• “National Building and Property Management” by Philippine Association of Building Administrators;
• “Philippine Airport Summit: Green Airport” by Ezkom-Events;
• “Learning Synergy Summit” by Lopez Group HR Council;
• “Business Summit on Climate Change: Towards an Aligned Strategy on Climate Change” by the Climate Change Commission; and
• “The Maharlikans at the Forefront of Excellence Balangkasan 2016” by UAP – Manila Maharlikan Chapter

III. PARTNERSHIP WITH USAID B-LEADERS ON CAPACITY BUILDING IN MANDAUE CITY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THEIR GREEN BUILDING ORDINANCE

The City of Mandaue partnered with PHILGBC in ensuring the effective implementation of their Green Building Ordinance. Mandaue adopted the BERDE Green Building Rating System for the provisions of green building certification, and as a guidance for green building within the city.

Through the Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability (B-LEADERS) Project of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), PHILGBC provided technical assistance in capacitating the internal and external stakeholder of the city.

Major outputs of the project are the:

    Green Building Toolkit, which is a user-friendly tool for the implementation of the Green Building Ordinance of Mandaue City.
–     Investment Code, which outlines the incentives for green building projects in the City of Mandaue.

IV. BERDE

In supporting the continuous development of BERDE, PHILGBC established BERDE Pilot Program. In January 2016, PHILGBC had a signing of a Memorandum of Agreement on BERDE Pilot Project Assessment & Certification with Monocrete Construction Philippines, Inc. MCPI and PHILGBC agreed to collaborate in developing an appropriate BERDE GBRS for operations of an industrial facility for engineering products.

PHILGBC conducted various workshops with Monocrete to develop a rating scheme with parameters that are appropriate for their building type.

As of December, there are currently 21 leading and participating companies under the BERDE Program. PHILGBC has recently certified the Laguna Lake Development Authority Building as the first BERDE 3-Star Certified government office.

V. WORLD GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL EVENTS

The council strengthen its relationship with the GBC network. PHILGBC participated in four World Green Building Council’s events this year:

  •     The WGBC Asia-Pacific Regional Network Mid-Year Meeting that was held in Seoul, South Korea last April, where PHILGBC discussed with the member GBCs in the APN emerging issues on green building and administrative concerns in building stronger regional connections.
  •     The WGBC APN Year-End Meeting in Mumbai, India in October 2016 where the regional member councils gathered together, and discussed updates about each council. This year’s year end meeting focused mainly on WGBC updates, local implementation of WGBC Better Places for People Campaign, and plans for the improvement of local GBCs.
  •     The World Members Day in Stockholm, Sweden in October, where the representatives of the 74 country GBCs gathered to share ideas and establish strategies to reinforce their global movement in promoting green building, and to support local initiatives in sustainability.
  •     The WGBC Congress Day also held in Stockholm, Sweden last October which talked about the use the green certifications, indoors environment and health, sustainable real estate management and smart new technology to actively contribute in sustainable living.

VI. REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETING

The council maintained its strong relationship with its members and recognized their leadership through relevant programs and activities.

In June, the council held its Regular Membership Meeting which featured a presentation on the Philippine Green Building Code by Arch. Rey Gabitan, FUAP, chair of the Board of Consultants of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

During the meeting, the council also recognized their sustaining corporate members who are at the forefront in their campaigns:

Diamond Sustaining Member – The Net Group
Gold Sustaining Member – Republic Cement Services, Inc.
Silver Sustaining Members – Air and Odor Management, Inc., Autodesk,
Monocrete Construction Phils. Inc., World Home Depot, Megawide         Construction, Kaskal Philippines

The Council also presented a Certificate of Recognition to The Net Group for their valuable support as Diamond sponsor of the National Secretariat and BERDE Secretariat since 2010 to present.

VII. GREEN BUILDING WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

The council also reached out and engaged the academe through the Green Building Workshop for Young Professionals in June. This workshop allowed the young professionals to share their insights on current sustainability practices, to know more about BERDE, and to know the council’s insight on the different career opportunities in green building.

VIII. POWER BREAKFAST – INSPIRING GREEN

The council initiated this series wherein PHILGBC engaged the owners and chief executives of their member groups to discuss emerging issues in their respective sectors. In July, the council held the Power Breakfast with the Property Developers, Owners and Brokers’ member group which was attended by – Italpinas, Arthaland, The Net Group, Aseana and KMC MAG. The group shared their insights on how they can help the council and how the Council can assist them in promoting green building in other parts of the country.

IX. 1st PHILGBC AWARDS ON LEADERSHIP IN GREEN BUILDING

The PHILGBC awards are designed to showcase and celebrate the achievements of movers in the building and construction industry in the country, and to highlight their green building leadership both locally and internationally. The goal of the PHILGBC Awards is not only to recognize the significant contribution of member companies in Green Building and Sustainability but also to inspire the local real estate industry that projects can be successful and profitable in both an economic and environmental sense. The local winners were the official nominees of the PHILGBC to the 2nd World Green Building Council-Asia Pacific Network’s (WorldGBC-APN) Leadership in Green Building Awards.

Winner for the Business Leadership in Sustainability is: Arthaland Corporation Winners: Commercial building – Zuellig Building by Bridgebury Realty Corporation Residential building – Primavera Residences by Italpinas Euroasian Design and Development Corporation.

X. BUILDING GREEN

As part of the council’s mandate to promote and educate the public on the latest information and technologies on green building, they conducted two Building Green (BG) events. The BG events are designed to share current trends in sustainability, showcase green technologies and to encourage the different sectors of the building industry to be part of the campaign.

The Building Green Product Spotlight held last July focused on available solutions from PHILGBC’s Sustaining Members that may help in designing, constructing, and operating green. The event allowed PHILGBC to feature its members in the Manufacturers and Suppliers sector group and shared their insights in promoting sustainability through the latest in green technologies and services in the market with the council’s members and the public.

The Building Green Conference which was held as part of the celebration of the World Green Building Week last September brought together over 130 fellow green builders from the academe, civil society, government, business professionals, and other stakeholders of the building and construction industry. The conference discussed about sustainability initiatives, government actions, the present issues and trends on green building, and international perspectives and insights on the current and future landscape of the green building industry.

The PHILGBC entered into a new partnership that would create a research study on green building in the country. The council signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Leechiu Property Consultants, Inc. and Aviso Valuation Services and Advisory to develop a green building study. The study will focus on a green building market development research to assess the current status of the uptake of green building in the industry. Proposed sections of the study include: Green Building Investment Outlook, Value of Green Buildings, and Green Building Health and Wellness Outcomes. PHILGBC will lead the effort in engaging its members and industry partners to participate in the project.

XI. GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND ELECTION

PHILGBC also held the annual General Membership Meeting where the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the Board each presented their reports regarding the council’s progress for 2016. During the meeting the council recognized its Silver Sustaining Corporate Members: Autodesk Pty. Ltd, Nitto Denko Philippines Corporation, and Stellar Equipment and Machinery.

The Annual Election was held wherein a new set of Board members were elected for the calendar year 2017-2018. The newly elected members of the Board are as follows:

  •     Mr. Ramon Rufino reelected for Property Developers, Owners, and Brokers;
  •     Mr. Jeroen Van Straten newly elected for Manufacturers and Suppliers; and
  •     Mr. Francisco Arellano for Contractors and Specialty Trade Contractors

PHILGBC CEO at the 8th C-E Logic National Electronic Conference

PHILGBC CEO, Christopher de la Cruz presented to over 100 librarians nationwide at the 8th C-E Logic National Electronic Conference held at the Manila Hotel from May 12 to 13, 2016. He shared how the national green building code and the BERDE green building rating system affects the design and operation of libraries.

Power & Electricity World Philippines 2016

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The Philippine Green Building Council invites you to the Power & Electricity World Philippines 2016 Conference organized by Terrapinn to be held on May 18-19, 2016 at the SMX Mall of Asia, Pasay City. The conference offers a wide scope of opportunities for learning and interaction, giving you choice in deciding how best you wish to position your company to get maximum return on investment.

Drawing experts from the Philippines and further afield, the event covers all major challenges and opportunities current in the market today, offering unparalleled insight and helping you to get ahead.

With two conference tracks, the conference is packed with content from senior-level power and energy stakeholders.

View the Conference programme here         Sign up now

Members of PHILGBC gets additional 10% off premium conference passes. Please quote GYHM”

The free exhibition pass is now available. Limited only to the exhibition area. Sign up here.

 

 

Sustainable Enterprise Summit 2016

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Register Now and Be Part of the Sustainable Enterprise Summit 2016

The Philippine Green Building Council invites you to the Sustainable Enterprise Summit organized by Enderun Extension and JCI Manila from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on May 17, 2016 at the Tent of Enderun Colleges.

All over the world, companies are integrating principles of sustainability in their management strategies, product designs, facility construction and operations, personnel development, and community engagement, in response to the global call for sustainable development. Following the “People. Planet. Profit.” theme, this summit aims to encourage more businesses to engage in sustainable practices while maintaining their profitability by helping protect the environment and improve the lives of society. 

This summit will be a live forum where summit delegates will hear from some of the top corporations in the country like Ayala Land, Megaworld Corporation, Holcim, Human Nature, and others regarding their strategies and challenges, and the inspiring success stories in their respective sustainability journeys. Participants will also learn from industry experts who are in the fields of clean fuels and renewable energy like First Environtech Alliance Corp, Hystra, and others about the most current industry trends and innovative technologies as well as learn more about the progression in green buildings and sustainable communities. Topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability strategies, industry trends, sustainable best practices in the corporate sector, establishing a business with a purpose, and the ins and outs of social entrepreneurship will be discussed.

Regular rate of PhP2,800. For the schedule, registration, and other information, you may refer to the website, www.sustainabilitysummit.ph. Please indicate that you are a member of the PHILGBC when you register.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: PHILGBC Awards on Leadership in Green Building

Taguig City – March 2016 – The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) is now accepting nominees for the PHILGBC Awards on Leadership in Green Building.

The PHILGBC awards on Leadership in Green Building are designed to showcase and celebrate the achievements of movers in the building and construction industry in the country, and to highlight their green building leadership both locally and internationally.  Winners from the PHILGBC awards on Leadership in Green Building will be the country’s representative to the 2nd World Green Building Council-Asia Pacific Networks’ (WorldGBC-APN) Leadership in Green Building Awards. PHILGBC Chairman, Ramon D. Rufino encourages companies to join the awards and be an inspiration:

The winners of the PHILGBC Awards on Leadership in Green Building are not only being recognized for their significant contribution to Green Building and Sustainability but also being promoted as sources of inspiration for our local real estate industry that people and projects can be successful and profitable in both an economic and environmental sense.

The PHILGBC Awards have two categories: Business Leadership in Sustainability Award and Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance Award.

The Business Leadership in Sustainability Award recognizes companies which are truly integrating sustainability into their business models and contributing to the transition towards a sustainable built environment. These organizations understand that sustainability presents a long-term business opportunity, demonstrate sustainable practices within their internal and external operations, and show sustainability leadership within industry.

The Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance Award recognizes pioneering green building projects that deliver a range of benefits through a holistic approach to sustainability. These projects go beyond simply minimizing their impact by considering factors that lead to positive outcomes for both the environment and for people. There are three sub categories under this award: residential, commercial and institutional (schools, hospitals, etc.).

By entering, businesses or projects can:

  • Raise their profile – Finalists and winners of the Awards will be profiled through WorldGBC’s global press, social media and other communications activities.
  • Get in front of the right people – Businesses and projects are judged by a group of renowned and highly influential figures in the green building industry.
  • Receive recognition – The Awards are a chance to celebrate some of the most progressive businesses and projects in a hugely important region for the future of green building.

The PHILGBC Awards are open to all PHILGBC Member companies and green building projects of all sizes. A nominal fee of USD100.00 or PHP4,700.00 per nomination would be collected.

Key dates for the Awards:

Nomination close: June 15, 2016

Announcement of Finalists: July 1, 2016

PHILGBC submit nominations to WorldGBC: July 15, 2016

Find out now on how we can work together to promote your projects and business leadership.

This activity is part of the 1st ULI PH – PHILGBC Awards for Excellence in Sustainability and Health.

 

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CONTACTS:

 

Ma. Anna G. Tungol
Executive Director, National Secretariat
agtungol@philgbc.org

 

PHILGBC National Secretariat
(632) 815 9301
Unit G-4B, Net One Center,
26th Street corner 3rd Avenue,
Crescent Park West,
Bonifacio Global City,
1634, Taguig City,
the Philippines.

 

 

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