WORLDBEX 2017

PASAY CITY, 15 – 19 March 2017 – The Philippine World Building and Construction Exposition or WORLDBEX 2017 was organized by Worldbex Services International. WORLDBEX is a construction exposition happening annually for the local and international building and construction industry with a profile of about 500 exhibitors, and attended by more than 150, 000 visitors per year. This year’s WORLDBEX was successfully conducted side-by-side in three (3) locations, namely: World Trade Center-Manila, Philippine Trade and Training Center, and the SMX Convention Center.

“The PHILGBC welcome initiatives such as Worldbex that allows people to come together and witness the latest market innovations, technologies, products, and services that are instrumental for building sustainable and greener environments for people. Together with programs and campaigns of the PHILGBC such as the Better Places Philippines and the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE), these initiatives contribute in raising better public awareness, collaborative exchange of ideas and expertise, and professional responsibility among companies, building professionals and individuals as we move forward to creating a world with built environment that support healthier and happier lives for those who occupy them,” said PHILGBC CEO Mr. Christopher de la Cruz.

The PHILGBC is one of the industry partners who supported Worldbex 2017. This year, a total of 26 Associations supported Worldbex: Philippine Wood Producers Association, The Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc., Society of Philippine Electrotechnical Constructors and Suppliers Inc., United Architects of the Philippines, Architectural Center Club, Inc., Chamber of Real Estate & Builders’ Associations, Inc., Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc., Marble Association of the Philippines, Philippine Association of Landscape Architects, Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers, Philippine Green Building Council, Philippine Hardware Foundation Inc., and Philippine Institute of Architects, among others.

WGBC APN Mid-Year Meeting

Collaborating and complementing one another’s efforts in addressing region-specific challenges and creating opportunities in green building.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – April 11, 2017 – Leaders of 12 national Green Building Councils in the Asia Pacific Region gathered together in Kuala Lumpur for the biannual meeting of World Green Building Council – Asia Pacific Network (WorldGBC-APN).  The two-day WorldGBC-APN Mid-Year Meeting was hosted by the Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC). The WorldGBC APN Meetings serve as a powerful and collaborative platform for the APN network to exchange knowledge, ideas, solutions, work plans on the green transformation of markets in the region. It is also an opportunity where the green building leaders share the highlights of their councils and discuss the issues they are facing.

WorldGBC and APN Chair, Tai Lee Siang provided an inspiring opening message recalling how the organization evolved from being non-existent to becoming the global leader in green building and the source of knowledge and business strategies on sustainability. Currently there are 76 national GBCs worldwide –  39 Established Members, 11 Emerging Members and 29 Prospective Members.

WorldGBC Global strategy, governance, projects and events were provided by the WorldGBC staff. Among the project shared are: Better Places for People, Building Efficiency Accelerator and Net Zero.

The APN Regional Manager, Joelle Chen lead the discussion on the APN Strategy and workplan. Included in the agenda were regional and local issues such as raising the profile of the APN and capacity building strategies — revenue generation, members engagement and retention program. Some outcomes of the meeting include: development of a series of mini-reports of the Business Case for Green Buildings and the creation of a Regional Leadership Consortium led by the Established GBCs and regional partners.

The year-end APN Meeting will be hosted by the PHILGBC in November during the National Convention which included activities such as: CEO Forum, Green Building Tour, PHILGBC 10th year Gala Dinner, and the Building Green Conference.

The WorldGBC – Asia Pacific Network is composed of 15 national GBCs namely:

Established Members

Green Building Council Australia

Hong Kong Green Building Council

Indian Green Building Council

Japan Sustainable Building Consortium

New Zealand Green Building Council

Malaysia Green Building Confederation

Philippine Green Building Council

Singapore Green Building Council

Taiwan Green Building Council

Emerging Members

Green Building Council Indonesia

Korea Green Building Council

Pakistan Green Building Council

Kazakhstan Green Building Council

Prospective Members

Green Building Council Sri Lanka

Vietnam Green Building Council

3RD BERDE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WITH MCPI

TAGUIG CITY – February 17, 2017 – PHILGBC has conducted several workshops with Monocrete Construction Philippines, Inc. (MCPI) as part of the BERDE Pilot Program. As a pilot project for certification using the BERDE GBRS – Operations v.1.1.0 , MCPI and PHILGBC are identifying the appropriate and applicable credits to ensure the sustainable operations of an industrial facility for engineering products and solutions.

The latest workshop conducted last February 17, 2017 discussed the framework and the proposed credits by MCPI for their pilot project. Through this workshop, the PHILGBC engaged in discussions with MCPI on their recommended credits for their project. The proposed credits will undergo a comprehensive review before drafting the pilot rating scheme specific for MCPI.

The BERDE Pilot Program ensures the continuous development of BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes addressing the needs and priorities of different building types. For more information on the BERDE Pilot Program, contact the BERDE Program Secretariat through email at berde@philgbc.org.

Laguna Lake Development Authority Building as the First BERDE Certified Government Office

The Laguna Lake Development Authority Building is the first green building government office in the country to be BERDE (or Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence) certified.

TAGUIG CITY – 12 December 2016 – The Philippine Green Building Council’s (PHILGBC) BERDE  3-Star rating was officially awarded to the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) Building during an awarding ceremony held at the LLDA Building, National Ecology Center, Quezon City.

The two four-story buildings interconnected by bridge ways on all levels, are energy-efficient, climate-smart, ecologically adaptive and occupant-friendly. The building’s orientation minimizes heat gain and captures wind thus promoting natural ventilation in 86% of the total gross floor area. The LLDA building has double low-emitting argon windows that improves energy efficiency, and insulate walls that prevent heat absorption making rooms naturally cooler. The new headquarters also has its own waste water treatment facility and three rainwater harvesting tanks.

The LLDA building was previously certified with a BERDE 2-Stars rating for Stage 1 – Design, then acquiring a BERDE 3-Star rating for Stage 2 – As-Built.

TUV Rheinland Philippines, Inc. represented by Chief Operating Officer Tristan Loveres shared the role and purpose of a third-party assessor in the whole certification process. Loveres shared that as third-party, they had to ensure compliance of the facility with the established BERDE Green Building Rating Scheme. Loveres also expressed his support to the PHILGBC, “[T]his is where TUV Rheinland actively supports the Philippine Green Building Council in ensuring credibility, objectivity, and competence of the whole certification process.”

INSIDE THE BOARDROOM: Mr. Gabriel Maria Angelo Cascante, UAP, CBP

Gabriel Maria Angelo B. Cascante, UAP, CBP

Gabriel “Gabbie” Cascante, is a member of the Board of Trustees since 2016. He is one of the representatives under the Individual, Academe & Advocates member category. He is currently the Chair of the Membership Committee of the PHILGBC.

Gabbie is a registered and licensed architect by profession and a Certified BERDE Professional (CBP). He serves and shares his expertise as a Principal Architect, Consultant, Project & Construction manager, and Senior Partner Architect. His twenty seven years of extensive architecture experience allowed him to master the design, sustainability, construction, and management of building development.

From 2009, he is part of the Ecotektonika team as Consultant / Project Manager. In 2014, he became part of their Board of Directors. In his term, he designs and manages sustainable design projects like commercial and industrial buildings, and government buildings. His design of the Laguna Lake Development Authority Building is an example of an ecologically sustainable design project. It has been awarded a BERDE 3-Star rating. The LLDA office is the first Green Government Building using the BERDE Green Building Rating System. It showcases green building practices in the government sector and is a catalyst for other government agencies to follow.

He also provided his technical expertise during the development of the Green Building Program of Mandaue City, Cebu, a local government program promoting sustainability.

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.

BERDE Program Progress Report

Keep up-to-date with updates on the development, certification, and education under the BERDE Program.

Development

In 2013, PHILGBC, in partnership with the Department of Energy, released nine (9) BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes (GBRS) for New Construction, Retrofits and Renovations, and Operations.  This year, we will be embarking in another cycle of updating the current BERDE GBRS responding to more efficient technologies and practices, improving usability of the schemes, and enhancing processes for certification.

Members of the PHILGBC can participate in the development by sending insight and feedback on the rating schemes.  The insight on the use of the system and feedback on the rating schemes contribute to improving the National Voluntary Green Building Rating System.  Send your feedback through email at berde@philgbc.org.

On the other hand, the need for rating schemes that addresses the different requirements of the various building types is increasing.  Projects may now be involved in the development of a new scheme through the BERDE Pilot Program.  The Pilot Program allows the development of a bespoke rating scheme and certification of the project under the new rating scheme.  For more information, contact the PHILGBC National Secretariat.

Certification

There is an increasing demand for BERDE Certification in the Cebu province, particularly in the City of Mandaue where implementation of the Mandaue Green Building Ordinance is in full-swing.  Newly registered projects include the Mandani Bay Suites Tower 1 and 2 of HT Land, Inc. in Mandaue City, and the Latitude Corporate Center of BL Ventures, Inc. in Cebu City.

Education

The PHILGBC is accepting requests for in-house trainings for BERDE Professionals Basic Training Course.  Interested organizations may request for trainings through the PHILGBC National Secretariat through email at berde@philgbc.org.

Philippine Green Building Council Closed the Year with Annual General Membership Meeting and Board of Trustees Elections

Giving recognition to the milestones of the Philippine Green Building Council for 2016.

TAGUIG CITY – 07 December 2016 – The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) ended 2016 with the Annual General Membership Meeting (AGM) and Elections Board of Trustees (BOT) last 07 December at the Mayuree II, Dusit Thani Manila, Makati City.

During the meeting, reports from the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer were presented to the members.

For the Chairman’s Report, Ramon Rufino recapped all the activities and programs accomplished by the PHILGBC in 2016. This includes updates on BERDE, partnerships donor agencies and government, activities with the youth, the annual BG Conference – BG2016, participation in international activities and membership meetings among others. Rufino particularly highlighted the PHILGBC’s Established Membership Status to the World Green Building Council.

[E]stablished Member is the highest possible level of membership at the World Green Building Council, what it means is that we as a council over the years have developed enough momentum in terms of our systems, procedures, and our structure in terms of our advocacy, to be able to qualify for Established Member status. This is also important because this allows us a seat on the discussions at the World Green Building Council level for global programs and initiatives to push green building and sustainability across various real estate sectors, across the globe.

In the Secretary’s Report, Emma Topacio recognized PHILGBC’s Corporate Sustaining Members, as well as the number of good standing members and new individual and corporate members. Lastly, in the Treasurer’s Report, Michael Reyes provided a breakdown of finances of the council for 2016.

During the Members’ Hour, Ayala Land Inc. shared their sustainability program to the membership.

The Elections of the Board of Trustees for 2017-2018 was facilitated by PHILGBC COMELEC Chairman Atty. Saviniano M. Perez, Jr. Two newly-elected members of the BOT are:    

  1. Jeroen Van Straten, Chief Executive Officer. Air & Odor Management representing the Manufacturers and Suppliers category.

2. Francisco Arellano, SAVP, Head – Corporate Quality Environment, Safety and Healthy, Maynilad Water Services Inc. representing the Contractors and Specialty Trade Contractors category.

Ramon D. Rufino, Co-President, The Net Group was re-elected to the BOT. He represents the Property Developers, Owners, and Brokers category.

The 2017-2018 PHILGBC BOT are as follows:

1. Ramon Rufino (Chairman of the Board)
2. Rowena Ramos (Board Secretary)
3. Edgar Sabidong (Treasurer)
4. Emma Topacio
5. Elizabeth Rabuy
6. Jeroen Van Straten
7. Melecio Vicencio
8. Gil S. Cruz Jr.
9. Francisco Arellano
10. Gabriel Cascante
11. Engell Fagaragan 

Certificates of Recognition were awarded to the PHILGBC Silver Sustaining Corporate Members.

Co-Organizers of the AGM and Elections:

– The Net Group,      PHILGBC Diamond Sustaining Corporate Member
– Ayala Land, Inc.,     PHILGBC Regular Corporate Member

For more details you may go to http://agm-elections2016.philgbc.org/