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.”

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.