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 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

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.

INSIDE THE BOARDROOM: Emma B. Topacio

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.