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 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”.

Better Places for People


Expressions of Interest – 2017 Better Places for People Case Study Report


June 2017, Taguig City—The Philippine Green Building Council is one of the National Green Building Councils participating in the World Green Building Council’s global project—Better Places for People. Better Places for People aims to create a world wherein buildings are good for the environment, and support healthier, happier and more productive lives for those who occupy them.

Better Places for People is launching its 2017 Expressions of Interest for Case Studies for a new report on green and healthy buildings.

The 2016 Case Study report, “Building the Business Case: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Green offices,” was a success. The report featured several new case studies of buildings all around that world that have implemented the metrics framework outlined in the World Green Building Council’s 2014 report, “Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The next chapter for green building”. The 2016 Case Study Report also included research by four Green Building Councils on their markets and the buildings in their countries which have been using health and wellbeing as a tool to attract tenants and support occupants.

Opportunity for your Green & Healthy Building to be Showcased. A follow-up report is to be published this year and will be open to reporting all other building-occupancy types, not just offices. We encourage you to submit your case study and have the potential to be part of the 15 buildings globally that will be showcased by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) in the report.

What are green and healthy buildings? Green and Healthy Buildings are developments that are environmentally-responsible, resource-efficient, and improves the health, wellbeing, and productivity of people occupying them.

What buildings qualify for the Case Study Report? All building occupancy types may be considered for the case study report—residential, retail, office, mixed-use developments, and open-spaces, among others.

When is the deadline? The Expression of Interest to develop a case study will close on 4 July 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

To have your project considered for the 2017 Better Places for People Case Study Report, kindly accomplish an online form on your Expression of Interest (EOI), accessible at this link. Your submission constitutes an intention to develop a full case study with WorldGBC for publication in the final Case Study report (and potentially other avenues) provided your case study is accepted.

For more information on the guidelines for submission and developing the case study, please refer to the attached document (General Information on the Case Study Report and guidelines for submission of documents to be considered for the Case Study Report).

More information about the World Green Building Council’s Better Places for People global project is available at http://www.worldgbc.org/better-places-people.

For any questions, you may contact Mr. Colin Powell, Project Manager for Better Places for People at cpowell@worldgbc.org cc: secretariat@philgbc.org.


Currently the PHILGBC Chair of the National Convention Committee, Emma is the Buildings End Segment Head – Marketing of Republic Cement Services, Inc.  She is a licensed Civil Engineer, holds a Masters in Business Administration degree and is a Certified BERDE Professional by the Philippine Green Building Council.

Emma started her career in 2005 as a Structural Engineer for Sy2 + Associates, Inc., the leading structural engineering consultancy firm in the Philippines.  In 2011, she joined James Hardie Philippines and was in charge of Technical Support, Product Development and Business Development.  Thereafter, she was with AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corp. as a Project Development Manager where she was involved in the conceptualization, planning, implementation and delivery of hotel and resort projects.

Emma joined Republic in 2013.  Her role allows her to work with specifiers and key influencers to develop building solutions, in line the Company’s vision of being a trusted leader in innovative construction solutions for building a greener and stronger Republic.


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.


ROWENA CANLAS RAMOS is a Registered Architect and Leader in the promotion of the National Voluntary Green Building Rating System BERDE. She is a Certified BERDE Professional (CBP) since 2011 and is handling several BERDE Registered Projects. She completed the BERDE Assessor Training in the same year after qualifying as a CBP.

She is one of the founding members and volunteer of the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC). In 2009, she became a Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Green Building Leadership Program of the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship (ALAF).

In 2013, she was elected as a member of the PHILGBC Board of Trustees to represent the Individual, Academe and Civil Society Network.

She served as the Chairperson of the BERDE Review Committee of the PHILGBC and worked for the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) of the Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the Council.

In 2014, as President of Ecotektonika she was again elected to serve for three (3) years representing the Building Professionals and Service Providers.

She served as the Chair for the National Convention Committee for 2014, 2015 and 2016 and organized the flagship annual green building conference of the PHILGBC, Building Green Conference.

Currently, she is the Chair of the BERDE Committee which focus is the technical development of the Philippine’s National Voluntary Rating System.

She led the Ecotektonika Team in the delivery of Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) of the first ever government building, Laguna Lake Development Authority Building, to be awarded BERDE 3-Star under New Construction.

She recently completed her work as a Consultant of the Climate Change Commission for the UN Environment project for the country assessment of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) for the Building Sector.

She served as the Principal Consultant for the development of the Green Masonry Module of the International Labor Organization in partnership with the Association of Construction and Informal Workers (ACIW). She was also involved in the delivery of the Zero Carbon Resorts in Palawan as part of the PHILGBC Team of Experts.

She has served the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) as an Adviser of the UAP-Student Auxiliary and as a member of the organizing committee both for UAP National Convention (NatCon) and Convention Exhibit (CONEX). She is the first lady member of the UAP-Manila Maharlika to be elected as Chapter President and served for two consecutive terms.

With 18 years of diverse practice in design and planning, project coordination and management, she is carving a niche for Ecotektonika in the Sustainability Practice and BERDE Management.

FEATURED PROJECT: De La Salle University Henry Sy Sr. Hall

The De La Salle University Henry Sy Sr. Hall (DLSU HSSH) is a BERDE pilot project and the first educational institution building in the country to be recognized under the BERDE Assessment and Certification system, receiving its 2-Star Design Recognition in 2015.

HSSH commemorates the 100 years of De La Salle University (DLSU) and illustrates the significant role the university plays in promoting an empowering education towards national development as well as the university’s commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. It serves as a testimony to the University’s commitment in pursuing sustainability in all its campus development projects with the goal of mitigating and managing the community’s impacts on the natural environment and society.

The project was originally conceptualized in 2009 as a pivot for transformative learning and scholarship. HSSH incorporates the university’s heritage and green building features such as rainwater collection and water recycling system which support the university’s water conservation efforts. Gardens and open areas were allotted into the different floors to promote synergy and collaboration among members of the academic community in a relaxed learning environment. Energy management control systems are in place to regulate room temperature and air flow for efficient cooling and air conditioning.

To know more about BERDE, please email us at berde@philgbc.org

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.


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.