The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity National Workshop

20-21 JUNE 2017, MANILA – The Philippine Green Building Council attended the recently held two-day national workshop on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) organized by Resources, Environment, and Economics Center for Studies, Inc. (REECS) in LOCATION OF WORKSHOP.

The Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in collaboration with REECS is currently implementing TEEB – Philippine Country Study, a global initiative led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) focusing on the planned reclamation in the Manila Bay area covering 685 hectares, which may pose harmful effects on the Las Piñas – Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA).

TEEB is an interdisciplinary approach to ecosystem policy development that addresses the growing cost of biodiversity loss and ecosystems degradation. The initiative is focused on enabling decision-makers to recognize, demonstrate, and capture the economic benefits and values of ecosystem services and biodiversity.

Inside the Boardroom: Jeroen Van Straten

As a father of 3, I am always looking after my children’s welfare. As a business owner, I have come to shoulder that same responsibility for all of my employees. I try to give them the best working environment I can provide and I know that a green office is a positive step in that direction.

My business has equipments and solutions that cater towards a greener, cleaner and healthier living indoors and outdoors. Being part of PHILGBC was the right decision both personal and professional. “

Jeroen van Straten is currently the Programs and Events Committee Chair representing the Manufacturers and Suppliers Member Group of the Philippine Green Building Council. He is the owner of Benmark Group Holdings which owns and operates over 50 restaurants of Pepper Lunch, Shaburi and Yakitori One. Currently the Chief Executive Officer of one of the Council’s Silver Sustaining Members, Air and Odor Management, Inc., the Philippines leader in indoor air solution. He is also the Co-founder of online social casino games under Definite Gaming company.

Featured Project: First Balfour Corporate Office

The First Balfour’s Corporate Office of the Lopez Group construction firm is the first to be awarded with BERDE Design Recognition under BERDE for the New Construction V1.0.0 in 2014.  First Balfour, Inc. redesigned and retrofitted the buildings from the land they bought to incorporate the following green features:

  • Endemic Trees for natural shading
  • Meters for clean water and reused water
  • Storage tanks for used oil
  • Rainwater collection system
  • Parking spaces for the handicap, carpool, bicycles, motorcycle, and green vehicles.
  • Illumination control and Energy Efficient Lighting

First Balfour Corporate Office is located along KM 19 West Service Road, Parañaque City.

 

Featured Project: Arya Residences

Arya Residences is the Philippines’ first residential development undergoing dual green building certification using the BERDE New Construction v1.1.0 for Residential development and the LEED rating system. The two-tower residential development is a project of the ArthaLand Corporation, a member of the Philippine Green Building Council.

Among the green building features being considered in the project include:

  • Close proximity to basic amenities such as hospital, institutions, commercial and business areas;
  • Provision for bicycle racks to encourage bikers;
  • maximize natural ventilation and natural daylight;
  • Employment of low flow, low flush fixtures which may result of 40% less water consumption;
  • Provision for dual piping for irrigation and flushing;
  • Usage of local vegetation that may require minimal maintenance and water usage
  • Usage of low VOC paint and sealants for a healthier home;
  • Usage of high-quality, eco-friendly sustainable materials
  • Usage of low energy consumption appliances and systems such as energy-efficient air conditioning units which may contribute to a reduction of at least 14% energy demand.

Arya Residences is located at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards 2017

The Philippine Green Building Council commends and recognizes it corporate members who have recently won multiple awards during the 5th PropertyGuru Philippines Property (PPP) Awards last May 4, 2017. The PPP Awards is part of the regional Asia Property Awards program established in 2005.

Megaworld Corporation, a sustaining Member of the council from 2009 to 2014, received the Best Developer of the Year award for two consecutive years. The company won 8 major awards such as the Best Universal Design Development award and Best Mixed Use Development award among others. They also received 17 citations for some of their projects in Metro Manila and in Cebu.

Robinsons Land Corp, a corporate member of the council since 2015 won 5 major awards such as Best Residential Interior Design Award, and Best Retail Development Award among others. Robinsons Land President and COO Mr. Frederick D. Go has been named as the Real Estate Personality of the Year as chosen by the editors of Property Report Magazine.

ArthaLand Corp, a corporate member since 2008, won the Best Best Office Architectural Design Award.

PHILGBC Members Megaworld Corporation, Robinsons Land Corp, ArthaLand Corp., and Century Properties Group proved that they deliver economic, social and environmental benefits for the community by winning the Special Recognition for Corporate Social Responsibility.

The main category winners are advancing to the seventh annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards grand final in Singapore this November at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, where they will compete with 15 other markets in the region and be crowned the “Best in Asia”.

AUTODESK Offers Special Discount to PHILGBC Members

Autodesk Asia Pte Ltd., one of the Silver-Sustaining Corporate Members of the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), invites their fellow PHILGBC members to a special price offer for various software bundles. PHILGBC members can now get access to a wide collection of the most essential Autodesk software and services in one package—simply, conveniently, and at an attractive price. Autodesk introduces their ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION COLLECTION.

PHILGBC members can enjoy a special discount of up to 15%. The pricing offer includes Insight 360 within the AEC Collection, a guide to Better Building Energy and Environmental Performance. This special offering also includes BIM 360 Team – enables architects, engineers and their project stakeholders to work efficiently together in a centralized cloud workspace.

The special pricing offer to members of the PHILGBC is until July 21, 2017. For more information, visit Autodesk at http://autode.sk/IESSG.

Disclaimer: Distribution of this announcement was done as a service to Autodesk Asia Pte Ltd being a member of the PHILGBC. This does not constitute an endorsement or guarantee by the PHILGBC of the company, the products, claims or promotional pricing or discounts being offered in this announcement. For questions, complaints, comments or inquiries, please contact Autodesk directly.

 

 

INSIDE THE BOARDROOM: Elizabeth G. Rabuy

Elizabeth “Beth” Garcia-Rabuy is on her second term as a member of the Board of Trustees.  She is FPD Asia Property Services, Inc.’s representative under the Building Professionals and Service Providers member category.  She is the Chair of Public Relations Committee of the PHILGBC.

Beth is a Certified Public Accountant by profession who earned her chops in professional facilities and property management by managing Bonifacio Global City during its inception and early years.  She served as the General Manager of Bonifacio Estates Services Corporation (BESC) and Vice President for Estate Services of Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation.

In 2000, Beth left BESC to head up FPD Asia Property Services, Inc. (formerly FPD-Savills Philippines, Inc.), the pioneer property management firm in the Philippines with over 70 managed properties in its portfolio.  The almost 30-year history of FPD Asia was made richer in 2005 when it became an all-Filipino company with her at the helm.

From early days, Beth has held to the guiding principle that land is not inherited from our forefathers but borrowed from our children.  Thus, her advocacy to help sustain the environment by promoting green practices in the properties FPD Asia manages.  Under her leadership, FPD Asia secured and maintains an ISO 14001 Certification for its implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS).  Beth has also strengthened FPD Asia’s environmental advocacy with partnerships with ABS-CBN’s Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation–Bantay Kalikasan and Udenna Environmental Services, Inc. among others.

Beth believes that PHILGBC and its members, like FPD Asia, have the ability to set an important example and educate their clients and communities about what they can do to foster sustainable development in their properties.

FEATURED MEMBER: Republic Cement Services, Inc.

Company Overview

Republic draws its roots from Republic Cement Corporation. Founded in 1955, the company has been associated with some of the world’s best performing organizations such as Blue Circle and Lafarge. Recently, Republic became part of the CRH-Aboitiz team in the Philippines.

CRH is a leading building materials company with main headquarters in Dublin, Ireland and Aboitiz is a diversified Filipino business group recognized as one of the best managed organizations in the country and in Asia. Together, they create a strong platform for future growth as they build the leading building materials business in the Philippines. As the nation’s partner, they aim to empower the best local talent to constantly innovate and evolve their construction solutions to improve lives, develop better communities and push their boundaries towards global excellence.

Republic’s commitment to Sustainability is enshrined in one of its core values, Respect for the environment and for the communities where it operates. In every stage of the manufacturing process, Republic ensures that sustainability and community development remain at the forefront of its business. From the rehabilitation of its quarries and its aggressive reforestation program, to its alternative fuels and waste management solutions, Republic continuously finds ways to reduce its environmental footprint by cutting its dependencies on fossil fuels and non-renewable quarry materials and to contribute significantly to carbon sequestration, environmental protection and enhancement, and to the economic and social development of the communities where it operates.

Republic Cement Group manufactures the country’s best-quality cement and building materials at seven strategically located sites across the Philippines, offering the widest supply footprint for its seven brands – Republic, Fortune, Rapidset, Kapitbalay, Mindanao, and Wallmaster.

Republic Cement Services, Inc is a Gold-Sustaining Corporate Member of the Philippine Green Building Council since 2015.

5th Asia Pacific Real Estate Investment Summit Philippines

MAKATI CITY, 31 March 2017 – The Asia Pacific Real Estate Association Philippines hosted this year’s 5th Asia Pacific Real Estate Investment Summit at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Manila with the theme “Unraveling the New Philippines: Heightened Optimism. Surging Investment.”

“The new Philippines is unravelling and continuing exciting growth stories. The economy grew by 6.8% in 2016 and posted the fastest growth in Asia last year. The main economic drivers of growth especially in the final quarter of 2016 were manufacturing, trade, real estate, renting, and business activities and that brings the Philippines as one of the highest recording country registering 60 quarters of uninterrupted growth for the Philippines. We are enjoying a strong vibrant community because of this strong domestic consumption that is sustained by our friends in the BPO industry, our 11million Filipinos abroad who continue to remit money to the country, and the increasing purchasing power of the middle class,” said Amb. Jose E.B. Antonio, Chairman of Century Properties Group, and Chairman of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association Philippines Chapter.

The summit highlighted compelling breakthroughs and issues shaping the market, and deliberated by expert discussants represented by policy and key decision-makers from the public and private sectors. This year’s summit gave emphasis on 4 points: Real Estate Investment Trust, Infrastructure Development, Emerging Cities, and Tourism Development.

Among the summit discussants were: Undersecretary Atty. Antonette C. Tionko from the Department of Finance presenting on the Philippine REITs, Undersecretary Dr. Maria Catalina E. Cabral from the Department of Public Works and Highways on Philippine Infrastructure Development, Undersecretary Dr. Adoracion M. Navarro from the National Economic and Development Authority discussing about Philippine Emerging Cities, and Mr. Peter Verwer, CEO of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association who shared about The State of the Market (Real Estate Industry in the Asia Pacific Region).

Summit proceedings and copies of the presentations are available at http://www.5apreisp.com.

The PHILGBC is one of the industry partners for the 5th Asia Pacific Real Estate Investment Summit Philippines.

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.