PHILGBC Leads the Major Stakeholders in the Building Industry in “TRANSFORMING THE MARKET”

QUEZON CITY, Philippines. - June 27, 2009 - The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) conducts Building Green 2009 on July 2-4, 2009 at the Eastwood Mall Atrium in Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City, Philippines. Building Green is the Conference and Expo series held every year to raise awareness on the several key sustainability issues that affect the country. It also presents the green building agenda of the PHILGBC. Green

building is extensively promoted by the PHILGBC as a solution for industry in addressing energy, water, solid waste management, and climate change issues that greatly affect developing countries like the Philippines. The expo brings together exhibitors of green products, technology, services, and projects to help showcase the various available avenues for sustainable and green building. Simultaneous with the expo will be a series of

education events. These events include a student competition to design a green office for the PHILGBC and technical sessions will be conducted by leading companies presenting potential green solutions.

The first assembly on the PHILGBC’s BERDE Program will be held on the third day of the Conference. BERDE, also known as the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence is the National Green Building Rating System Program of the PHILGBC.

The PHILGBC hopes Building Green 2009 serves not only to create environmental awareness but also to inspire Filipinos to start integrating green building and sustainability into the way our built environment is designed, built, and operated. The PHILGBC strongly believes that “Together, We Will Transform the Market”. Be Part of the TRANSFORMATION, Be Part of BUILDING GREEN 2009.

About the PHILGBC

The Philippine Green Building Council is a national not-for-profit organization that promotes the sharing of knowledge on green practices to the property industry to ensure a sustainable environment.

As an alliance of national leaders from both the public and private sectors, the PHILGBC shall be the non-partisan forum for the development of the national green building rating system. This forum shall be the stage in the ongoing debate on how to measure a building’s sustainability credentials.

The Council shall act as a referee in determining the correctness of the claims of the project proponents by developing the national green building rating system. It shall be a consensus driven; third party certification, monitoring and verification scheme that will enable all property market players to benchmark against a single system, thus levelling the playing field. Businesses will use this mark as a recognizable environmental branding tool that will enable property buyers easily identify buildings that are performing environmentally well.

Contact:

CHRISTOPHER CRUZ DELA CRUZ
Chairman and President
Philippine Green Building Council
(+632) 8970045, (GMT+08:00)
ccdelacruz@philgbc.org

RAMON D. RUFINO
Treasurer, Philippine Green Building Council
Chairman, Building Green Committee
(+632) 8970045, (GMT+08:00)
raymond.rufino@thenetgroup.ph
http://buildinggreenphilippines.org

MA. ANNA GALANG TUNGOL
Executive Director
Philippine Green Building Council
(+632) 4896829, (GMT+08:00)
agtungol@philgbc.org
http://philgbc.org

To learn more about Building Green 2009 visit
http://buildinggreenphilippines.org. To schedule an
interview with any of the officers of the PHILGBC, please
contact the National Secretariat at (+632) 4896829,
(GMT+08:00).

BUILDING GREEN – THE CEO AND GOVERNMENT FORUM Sustainability Think Tank Shares Insight on How to Make BERDE a Part of Effective Policy

MAKATI CITY, Philippines. – January 26, 2010 – The Building Green – the Government Forum ends today with Sustainability think tank Ecotektonika, Inc. sharing insight on how to make BERDE a tool to develop public policy.Ecotektonika, Inc. President, and former Chairman of the Advocacy Committee of the USGBC Maryland Nestor Arabejo outlined the environmental legislation passed in the Philippines in the past decade, highlighting that no legislation was enacted that specifically addressed the built environment.

“Currently there are hundreds of existing national environmental regulations in place, a lot of Presidential Directives issued, ongoing legislative actions in the Senate and Congress and City and NGO initiatives, directly and indirectly dealing with green buildings.” Mr. Arabejo said. “There needs to be a holistic framework that addresses all of these. BERDE addresses and encourages uptake from both public and private stakeholders which makes BERDE an ideal policy development tool for government” he added.

BERDE is developed to be part of industry’s strategy to help address the negative impacts of Climate Change. According to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, the building sector is the largest emitter of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) and has the largest potential to reduce GHG emissions.

The Government Forum brought together the green building champions from government, industry and the academe to discuss issues and challenges in making BERDE an effective green building policy development tool.

The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) and the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) cohosted the Building Green – the CEO Forum. Building Green is the conference series initiated by the PHILGBC to open the dialogue on sustainability in the property sector.

BERDE was released today for comment to incorporate the expertise and insight of PHILGBC members.

The nation’s leading companies and organizations participated at the Forum. The Forum was chaired by City Net Secretary General, Ms. Mary Jane Ortega.

About the PHILGBC

The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) is a national not-for-profit organization that promotes the sharing of knowledge on green practices to the property industry to ensure a sustainable environment.

As an alliance of national leaders from both the public and private sectors, the Philippine Green Building Council shall take the lead in ensuring that industry designs, builds and operates buildings in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner that will pave the way for the Filipinos to live, work and play in safe, healthy and productive environments. For more information about the PHILGBC, you may visit http://philgbc.org/

Contact:

CHRISTOPHER CRUZ DELA CRUZ
Chairman and President
Philippine Green Building Council
(+632) 8970045, (GMT+08:00)
ccdelacruz@philgbc.org

MA. ANNA GALANG TUNGOL
Executive Director
Philippine Green Building Council
(+632) 4896829, (GMT+08:00)
agtungol@philgbc.org
http://philgbc.org

 

BUILDING GREEN – THE CEO AND GOVERNMENT FORUM Pampanga Representative delivers the Keynote Address at the Building Green Government Forum

MAKATI CITY, Philippines --- January 26, 2010 --- the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) and the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) launched the Building Green Government Forum at the Makati Shangri-La Manila as part as a series of conferences that will open the dialogue on sustainability in the property sector.

Delivering the keynote address for the Forum was Pampanga Representative Anna York Bondoc. Ms. Bondoc, the green building champion in Congress, highlighted ongoing efforts to promote green building in the House of Representatives to address the escalating concerns on environmental degradation and its recognized consequence – global warming and climate change. Presented was House Resolution 1545, a resolution adopting the policy of green building at the House of Representatives. In the said resolution, all operation and maintenance practices, future renovation, expansion and future construction at the House of Representative shall be Green Buildings.

The Government Forum brought together people from the industry, the Philippine government, and the academe to discuss the issues and challenges on the development of BERDE as the national green building rating system.

About the UKTI

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the British Government organisation that helps UK companies succeed in international markets and assists overseas companies to bring high quality investment to the UK. For more information about the UKTI, you may visit http://www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk/

About the PHILGBC

As an alliance of national leaders from both the public and private sectors, the Philippine Green Building Council shall take the lead in ensuring that industry designs, builds and operates buildings in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner that will pave the way for the Filipinos to live, work and play in safe, healthy and productive environments. For more information about the PHILGBC, you may visit http://philgbc.org/

Contact:

REZA DADUFALZA

Trade & Investment Manager

UK Trade and Investment

(+632) 858 2200, (GMT+08:00)

reza.dadufalza@fco.gov.uk

MA. ANNA GALANG TUNGOL

Executive Director

Philippine Green Building Council

(+632) 4896829, (GMT+08:00)

agtungol@philgbc.org

http://philgbc.org

BUILDING GREEN – THE GOVERNMENT FORUM Makati Councilor Welcomes the Participants of the Government Forum.

MAKATI CITY, Philippines --- January 26, 2010 --- the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) and the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) launched the Building Green Government Forum at the Makati Shangri-La Manila as part as a series of conferences that will open the dialogue on sustainability in the property sector.

Welcoming the participants were Makati Councilor Jejomar Erwin Binay and PHILGBC Chairman Christopher de la Cruz.

Councilor Binay, during his speech, highlighted the work of the City of Makati in promoting sustainability and its efforts in the development of policy to support green building. “Our residents continue to enjoy a healthy environment because we always make sure that environmental policies are effectively enforced and that every environmental program and project is successfully implemented” said Mr. Binay. “Makati remains at the forefront of the nationwide campaign to mitigate the various threats posed by global warming not only on the environment, but on the national economy and the country as a whole” he added.

The Government Forum brought together people from the industry, the Philippine government, and the academe to discuss the issues and challenges on the development of BERDE as the national green building rating system.

About the UKTI

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the British Government organisation that helps UK companies succeed in international markets and assists overseas companies to bring high quality investment to the UK. For more information about the UKTI, you may visit http://www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk/

About the PHILGBC

The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) is a national not-for-profit organization that promotes the sharing of knowledge on green practices to the property industry to ensure a sustainable environment.

As an alliance of national leaders from both the public and private sectors, the Philippine Green Building Council shall take the lead in ensuring that industry designs, builds and operates buildings in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner that will pave the way for the Filipinos to live, work and play in safe, healthy and productive environments. For more information about the PHILGBC, you may visit http://philgbc.org/

Contact:

CHRISTOPHER CRUZ DELA CRUZ

Chairman and President

Philippine Green Building Council

(+632) 8970045, (GMT+08:00)

ccdelacruz@philgbc.org

REZA DADUFALZA

Trade & Investment Manager

UK Trade and Investment

(+632) 858 2200, (GMT+08:00)

reza.dadufalza@fco.gov.uk

MA. ANNA GALANG TUNGOL

Executive Director

Philippine Green Building Council

(+632) 4896829, (GMT+08:00)

agtungol@philgbc.org

http://philgbc.org

News from WorldGBC

The World Green Building Council has launched the inaugural Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building to provide a platform for your company to promote its achievements, and share your best practice green building solutions with the region.

Two award categories are comprised of:

Business Leadership in Sustainability: presented to the corporation which best demonstrates a commitment to sustainability as part of its core business model. The award acknowledges leadership in corporate social responsibility, with emphasis on policies and programs that reduce and reverse the impact of business practices on the environment. Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance: recognizes a green building project that demonstrates innovation in achieving minimum impact on the environment and maximum impact on health and productivity. The awards are open to companies large and small, as well as to projects across the region. Complete details are available at www.worldgbc.org/apnawards.
Entry nominations for the Philippines
For the Philippines, entry nominations that qualified are the following (in alphabetical order):

Category A

Building Leadership in Sustainability
Category B

Leadership in Sustainable Design & Performance