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.

To further guide the Mandaue in implementing the green building ordinance, PHILGBC developed the following programs and deliverables:

  • Green Building Training Modules – developed to guide the organizers in conducting green building training for Mandaue.
  • Green Building Trainings – conducted for the internal and external stakeholders of the city to learn the background on sustainability, the contribution of buildings in the overall sustainability and low carbon agenda, development of green buildings, and the BERDE Green Building Rating System.
  • Green Building Toolkit – a collection of processes, procedures, forms and templates to support the effective implementation of the Green Building Ordinance of Mandaue City. The toolkit will serve as a guide for the private sector in developing green buildings, and supporting the regulations under the Green Building Ordinance.
  • Seminar Workshop on the Green Building Ordinance IRR – served as a venue to present to the stakeholders the salient features of the Green Building Ordinance and the finalized IRR for the policy for an effective implementation of the Green Building Ordinance.
  • Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Green Building Ordinance – a collection of policies, processes, and procedures related to the issuance of permits and incentives for green buildings in Mandaue.

PHILGBC ensured that the recommendations for the IRR was forwarded to Mandaue for their review. It was officially approved by the Mayor Jonas Cortes through the Executive Order No. 17 Series of 2016 “An Order Adopting the Implementing Rules and Regulations for Ordinance No. 13-2015-1047 also known as the Green Building Code of 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.

Aside from the green building ordinance, Mandaue is also promoting and practicing the “Takakura Home Method of Composting”. This method makes organic fertilizer by fermenting mixtures of biodegradable waste and fermenting them to decompose in just one (1) to two (2) days without giving off unpleasant odors.

With the sustainable practices in the city, the residents can guarantee that Mandaue will remain as a livable developing city.

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.

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.

 

PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards 2017

The Philippine Green Building Council would like to commend and recognize its corporate members along with Megaworld Corporation and Robinsons Land Corp who proved their leadership and excellence during the PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards 2017 last May 4 2017. This is the country’s most prestigious awarding ceremony in the building industry. The PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards is part of the regional Asia Property Awards program established in 2005

One of the highlights of the event was when Robinsons Land Corp. president and COO Frederick Go has been named as the Real Estate Personality of the Year as chosen by the editors of Property Report Magazine.

Robinsons Land also received the Best Residential Interior Design award for The Sapphire Bloc mixed-use condominium development in Ortigas Center, Pasig City; Best Residential Architectural Design – Highly Commended award for its Radiance Manila Bay condominium project in Roxas Boulevard; and the Best Retail Development award for its Robinsons Galleria Cebu Mall in Cebu City. The company also received two special recognition awards, Sustainable Development as well as in Corporate Social Responsibility.

Megaworld Corporation has set a record by being the Best Developer of the Year for two (2) consecutive years now and bagging 8 major awards and 17 highly commended citations namely:

  • Best Universal Design Development;
  • Best Office Development Award for Alliance Global Tower;
  • Best Mixed Use Development Award for 8 Forbes Town Road;
  • Best Residential Landscape Architectural Design Award for The Florence; and
  • Best Retail Landscape Architectural Design Award for Uptown Mall;
  • Best Residential Architectural Design Award for One Uptown Residence and
  • Highly Commended for One Eastwood Avenue and One Pacific Residence;
  • Best Retail Architectural Design Award for Uptown Mall
  • Special Recognition in Corporate Social Responsibility;
  • Highly Commended for The Florence and St. Moritz Private Estates under Best Luxury Condo Development (Metro Manila) category;
  • Highly Commended for 8 Forbes Town Road and One Eastwood Avenue under the Best High End Condo Development (Metro Manila) category; and
  • Highly Commended for One Pacific Residence under the Best Condo Development (Cebu) category.
  • Highly Commended for Tower One Plaza Magellan under the Best BPO Office Development category;
  • Highly Commended for Uptown Mall and Venice Grand Canal under the Best Retail Development category; and
  • Highly Commended for St. Moritz Private Estates and Three Central for Best Residential Interior Design;
  • Highly Commended for Venice Grand Canal Mall for the same category;
  • Highly Commended for Alliance Global Tower under Best Office Architectural Design;

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”

PHILGBC is gratified to work with people who deliver their promises in building better places for the community.  The Council is proud to acknowledge the following established and emerging corporate members who were recognized during the PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards:

DEVELOPER

Best Developer

Winner:

  • Megaworld Corporation

Best Boutique Developer

Winner:

  • Keyland Corporation

BEST OF THE BEST

Best Green Development

Winner:

  • ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower by ArthaLand

Best Universal Design Development

Winner:

  • St. Moritz Private Estates by Megaworld Corporation

SPECIAL AWARDS

Special Recognition in CSR

Winners:

  • ArthaLand Corp
  • Century Properties Group Inc
  • Megaworld Corporation
  • Robinsons Land Corporation

 Special Recognition in Sustainable Development

Winners:

  • ArthaLand Corp
  • Robinsons Land Corporation

DEVELOPMENT CATEGORIES (RESIDENTIAL)

Best Luxury Condo Development (Metro Manila)

Winner:

  • The Royalton at Capital Commons by Ortigas & Company

Highly Commended:

  • Acqua Livingstone interior design by MissoniHome by Century Properties Group Inc
  • St. Moritz Private Estates by Megaworld Corporation
  • The Florence by Megaworld Corporation

Best High End Condo Development (Metro Manila)

Highly Commended:

  • 8 Forbes Town Road by Megaworld Corporation
  • One Eastwood Avenue by Megaworld Corporation
  • Solstice by Alveo Land Corporation

 Best Affordable Condo Development (Metro Manila)

Winner:

  • Casa de Sequioa by Keyland

Best Condo Development (Cebu)

Highly Commended:

  • One Pacific Residence by Megaworld Corporation 

DEVELOPMENT CATEGORIES (COMMERCIAL) 

Best Office Development

Winner:

  • Alliance Global Tower by Megaworld Corporation

Highly Commended:

  • ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower by ArthaLand

Best BPO Office Development

Highly Commended:

  • Southkey Hub by Keyland
  • Tower One Plaza Magellan by Megaworld Corporation

Best Retail Development

Winner:

  • Robinsons Galleria Cebu by Robinsons Land Corporation

Highly Commended:

  • Uptown Mall by Megaworld Corporation
  • Venice Grand Canal Mall by Megaworld Corporation

Best Mixed Use Development

Winner:

  • 8 Forbes Town Road by Megaworld Corporation

DESIGN CATEGORIES

Best Residential Architectural Design

Winner:

  • One Uptown Residence by Megaworld Corporation

Highly Commended:

  • One Eastwood Avenue by Megaworld Corporation
  • One Pacific Residence by Megaworld Corporation
  • The Radiance Manila Bay by Robinsons Land Corporation

Best Residential Interior Design

Winner:

  • The Sapphire Bloc by Robinsons Land Corporation

Highly Commended:

  • St. Moritz Private Estates by Megaworld Corporation
  • Three Central by Megaworld Corporation

Best Retail Architectural Design

Winner:

  • Uptown Mall by Megaworld Corporation

Highly Commended:

Venice Grand Canal Mall by Megaworld Corporation

Best Office Architectural Design

Winner:

  • ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower by ArthaLand

Highly Commended:

  • Alliance Global Tower by Megaworld Corporation

Best Residential Landscape Architectural Design

Winner:

  • The Florence by Megaworld Corporation

Highly Commended:

  • One Pacific Residence by Megaworld Corporation
  • One Uptown Residence by Megaworld Corporation 

Best Office Landscape Architectural Design

Highly Commended:

  • Alliance Global Tower by Megaworld Corporation

Best Retail Landscape Architectural Design

Winner:

  • Uptown Mall by Megaworld Corporation 

PUBLISHER’S CHOICE

Real Estate Personality of the Year

Winner:

  • Frederick D. Go, President, Robinsons Land Corporation

 

 

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