World Green Building Council Chairman to deliver a Keynote Speech at the NAMA Conference

The Climate Change Commission and the Philippine Green Building Council and the National Housing Authority are working together on the country’s NAMA for the Building Sector. The conference:  “Collectively Shaping our NAMA for the Building Sector,” happening on November 21, 2017 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, is one of the events to disseminate information on the NAMA and provide a venue for knowledge exchange on best practices from the public and private sector.

Highlights of the Conference include:

  1. Discussion on the NAMA for the Building Sector;

  2. Information-sharing on Green Financing;

  3. Knowledge-sharing on Green Tools, Technologies & Green Professionals;

  4. Discussion on the Latest trends in green developments, and

  5. Launch of the BERDE Green Building Rating System version 2.0.

World Green Building Chairman, Mr. Tai Lee Siang, joins this year’s building and construction industry conference and will deliver a keynote speech.

Leadership from National Green Building Councils in the Asia Pacific region will also be sharing on best practices, programs and initiatives on sustainability and green building in the region.

This conference is co-presented by the Climate Change Commission, and is held in observance of the Climate Change Consciousness Week.

The NAMA conference is one of the highlights of this year’s PHILGBC National Convention running from November 17-21, 2017.  More information and registration details is available at http://nationalconvention.philgbc.org

 

Public Draft: BERDE Version 2.0.0

We are inviting you to comment on the Public Drafts for the BERDE GBRS – New Construction – Version 2.0.0 and BERDE GBRS – Operations – Version 2.0.0.

In the continuous development and improvement of the BERDE Green Building Rating System, the commenting period for the Public Drafts is an important stage for the BERDE Development process. This period is open for one month (18 August 2017 to 16 September 2017) to allow members of the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) and our fellow green builders in the public to provide comments and technical insights in finalizing the new versions of the BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes (GBRS).

To download the Public Drafts and the comment procedure, please visit BERDE Online.

Department of Trade and Industry Bureau of Product Standards Technical Committee in Forest and Forest Products Meeting

29 JUNE 2017, TAGUIG CITY – The Philippine Green Building Council hosted the meeting of the Department of Trade and Industry Bureau of Product Standards Technical Committee on Forest and Forest Products (DTI BPS TC 78) at the Metro Manila Room, Bonifacio Stopover Corporate Center.

During the meeting, the technical committee (TC 78) conducted a comparative study of ISO/DIS 38200 – Chain of Custody of Wood and Wood-Based Products and the Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products – Requirements (PEFC ST 2002:2013) Second Edition. CHAIRMAN OF THE TC 78 lead the discussion on the similarities and differences between the two documents and became the basis for what may be adopted and used as framework for the Philippine standard.

The members of the DTI BPS TC 78 present during the meeting include:

  • Department of Trade and Industry Philippine Accreditation Bureau (DTI PAB) – Government
  • Department of Trade and Industry Bureau of Product Standards (DTI BPS) – Government
  • Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) – Consumer
  • Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA) – Trade and Industry
  • Forestry Development Center – College of Forest and Natural Resources – University of the Philippines Los Baños (FDC – CFNR – UPLB) – Academe
  • Nationwide Association of Consumers, Inc. (NACI) – Consumer

The next meeting of the committee will be held on July 27, 2017 9:00 AM at the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) office, Diliman, Quezon City.

Mandaue – Building a Better City for its People

Better Places for People is a World Green Building Council global project which aims to create a world in which buildings are not only good for the environment, but also support healthier, happier and productive lives for those who occupy them.

With the commitment of educating the public on green building trends, and building sustainable cities and communities, the Philippine Green Building Council has been conducting green building programs for the private and public sector involving technology transfer, knowledge sharing and capacity building.

As a frontrunner and source of green building knowledge in the Philippines, the PHILGBC partnered and closely coordinated with the City Government of Mandaue (Mandaue) and USAID Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability Project (B-LEADERS) to successfully conduct the Capacity Building Program for the Implementation of the Green Building Ordinance of Mandaue in 2015.

Mandaue has developed strategic and effective policies to ensure its sustainable economic growth. With the continuous growth of the city comes environmental issues brought about by urbanization which will eventually hamper economic and social activities. The city government has identified green building as one of the solutions for the environmental challenges Mandaue is facing.

With the assistance of PHILGBC, Mandaue was able established strategies that address the concern for its sustainable development such as the development of a Green Building Program, and the adoption of the BERDE Green Building Rating System to measure the environmental performance of projects in the city. In addition, PHILGBC developed the following programs such as the Green Building Training, Green Building Training Modules, Green Building Toolkit, and Workshop on the Green Building Ordinace IRR to instill and encourage the development of green buildings in the city, which will contribute to environment, economic, and social advantages for Mandaue.

Mandaue believes that through its collaborative effort with PHILGBC, having a green and sustainable environment for the future generation is possible. With the adaptation ordinance, the new buildings that will be built will follow the principles of green building.

PHILGBC will continue to support the Better Places for People program to encourage other LGUs in the Philippines support the development of healthier, happier, and productive buildings, communities and cities.

Building Green Power Breakfast: Inspiring Green

22 June 2017, Makati City – The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) conducted its Power Breakfast: Inspiring Green for the Building Professionals and Service Providers Member Network of the council at the Molave Room, Dusit Thani Manila with twelve (12) member companies.

In his welcome message, PHILGBC Chair, Ramon Rufino, shared that the Power Breakfast is a roundtable discussion series created to engage with the respective Member Networks of the Council, and to stimulate meaningful dialogue on emerging green building issues in the building industry. He also encouraged the participants to share their thoughts and ideas on how the council can further promote, strengthen the promotion of green building in the country.

Air and Odor Management Chief Executive Officer, Jeroen Van Straten, co-organizer of the Power Breakfast, gave an introduction of their company and its services. He briefly discussed the parameters and acceptable indoor air quality limits that their technologies are addressing. Mr. Straten shared that company conducts assessments of the air quality and provides recommendations and solutions for the clients to be certified for clean air. AOM General Manager, Mr. Maranan added that the company offers packages based on the SS 554 Indoor Air Quality Standards of Singapore.

Mr. Mario Suelto, BERDE Technical Manager, presented the initial draft of BERDE V.2.0, discussing the changes applied in the following: BERDE Framework, Terminologies, BERDE Green Building Rating System, and Credits. In addition, he discussed how the Core Framework was refactored to refine what credits are essential in developing a green building project. In addition, Electives were introduced as optional credits that may provide wider sustainability benefits which are not part of the Core Framework.

PHILGBC Chief Executive Officer, Christopher de la Cruz facilitated the discussion after the two presentations. Questions about BERDE, and Indoor Air Quality were addressed. He mentioned that PHILGBC is currently doing a credit to credit consultation, and will conduct an internal consultation with the council members on September. Furthermore, he shared that the BERDE V.2.0 will have its soft launch at the end of July and will be officially released on November 2017 during the Building Green 2017 Conference. He also mentioned that CBP training is currently on hold until the finalization of BERDE v2.0.0.

PHILGBC Executive Director, Ms. Anna Tungol, closed the activity by reminding the members on the upcoming events of the council namely such as the Special Membership Meeting in September to coincide with celebration of the World Green Building Week and the National Convention in November which includes the WGBC Asia Pacific Network Meeting, the PHILGBC 10th Year Anniversary Gala and Building Green events such as CEO Breakfast Forum, Green Building Tour, and the Annual Conference. For additional inputs and suggestions, the members were encouraged to send an email at secretariat@philgbc.org.

BERDE Education: IES VE Training

26 MAY 2017, TAGUIG CITY – The Philippine Green Building Council conducted its training on Integrated Environmental Solutions – Virtual Environment (IESVE) with assessors for the BERDE Program.  With the support of IES, the PHILGBC hosted the training with internal and external assessors on using the energy modeling software in assessing the design of buildings.

 Mr. Sriman NCVK, Business Development Manager, IES, provided the training on the IESVE 2017, a 3D performance analysis software for designing energy efficient buildings.  He shared that the technology is a comprehensive tool to support architects and engineers in ensuring the different aspects of building projects are addressed.  The suite includes tools for:

·         Solar shading calculation,

·         Dynamic heat load calculation,

·         Artificial lighting simulation,

·         Daylight simulation,

·         HVAC analysis,

·         Infiltration analysis,

·         Evacuation planning, and

·         Standards compliance analysis.


The training provided by Mr. Sriman included previews on the featured applications and a detailed walkthrough on ModelIT, Suncast, Apache, and Vista.  Discussions included how energy modeling tools, such as IES, may contribute to designing BERDE projects, and supporting the efficient implementation of BERDE Certification.

Cross and Parallel Working Session for the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action

12-13 JUNE 2017, BANGKOK, THAILAND —The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) joined the Philippine team in the two-day Cross and Parallel Working Session for the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) Development for the Building Sector in Asia Project organized by the United Nations Environment in the UN office in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Philippine team composed of representatives from the Climate Change Commission (CCC), National Housing Authority and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), discussed in details the two NAMA concepts in place for the building sector which were endorsed by the CCC in April.

The first concept is the public sector NAMA which revolves around the effort to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) in the socialized housing sector through efforts proposed by the NHA. The second is the private sector NAMA which revolves around the effort to reduce GHGs in the mainstream residential and commercial sector through efforts currently undertaken by the PHILGBC. Discussion points included the detailed implementation plan, definition of stakeholder roles, expected impacts, and financing.

The Philippine team together with representatives from the UN Environment will meet again in July to finalize the NAMA proposals for submission to the NAMA registry.

LPG Philippines Forum 2017

27-28 APRIL 2017, TAGUIG CITY –  The Philippine Green Building Council this year’s Light Petroleum Gas Summit organized by AllEventsGroup held in SMX Convention Center, SM Aura. LPG Summit is a regional platform the brought together stakeholders from the government, LPG plants, LPG distribution companies, technology providers and investors to discuss policy directions on LPG.

The two-day summit consisted of talks and seminars that focused on the developments of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) on different sectors in the Philippines. The second day consisted of Focus Group discussions in the building sector, transportation sector and environmental sector.

In his welcome remark, Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary Gerardo D. Erguiza, Jr.  shared that the department is implementing projects that promotes LPG products and is working on passing an LPG Bill.

DOE Director Melita V. Obillo discussed the upcoming developments for the LPG industry in the Philippines, highlighting the stable increase in the demand for LPG every year.

Among the topics discussed during the summit include: the global developments and trends in LPG; the use of LPG in public transportation in the Philippines, and tax reforms and other incentives to help the cooperatives and other transport fleets in the development of the modernization of public utility vehicles.

Weather and Tropical Cyclone 101 Training Session

11 MAY 2017, PASAY CITY –The Philippine Green Building Council attended the training session on Weather 101 and Tropical Cyclone 101, organized by the ARISE Philippines and conducted by one its members, the Weather Philippines Foundation (WPF).

The training session was conducted to inform, educate, and promote the basic knowledge about weather related event that organization may consider for their disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption initiatives.

Engr. Dave Valeriano, General Manager of WPF, shared that the information were collected through the help of 130 companies in 430 provinces and trainings were conducted to disseminated them. The gathered information is used in cloud seeding, flight management, and other useful and productive activities.

Mr. David Michael Padua, a senior typhoon specialist of WFP, discussed discussed the different climate patterns in the Philippines.

The training ended with a discussion of how weather information is being gathered. By the use of Project Noah’s hazard maps, it becomes possible to predict the areas that can be affected by flood.

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.