WGBC APN Mid-Year Meeting

Collaborating and complementing one another’s efforts in addressing region-specific challenges and creating opportunities in green building.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – April 11, 2017 – Leaders of 12 national Green Building Councils in the Asia Pacific Region gathered together in Kuala Lumpur for the biannual meeting of World Green Building Council – Asia Pacific Network (WorldGBC-APN).  The two-day WorldGBC-APN Mid-Year Meeting was hosted by the Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC). The WorldGBC APN Meetings serve as a powerful and collaborative platform for the APN network to exchange knowledge, ideas, solutions, work plans on the green transformation of markets in the region. It is also an opportunity where the green building leaders share the highlights of their councils and discuss the issues they are facing.

WorldGBC and APN Chair, Tai Lee Siang provided an inspiring opening message recalling how the organization evolved from being non-existent to becoming the global leader in green building and the source of knowledge and business strategies on sustainability. Currently there are 76 national GBCs worldwide –  39 Established Members, 11 Emerging Members and 29 Prospective Members.

WorldGBC Global strategy, governance, projects and events were provided by the WorldGBC staff. Among the project shared are: Better Places for People, Building Efficiency Accelerator and Net Zero.

The APN Regional Manager, Joelle Chen lead the discussion on the APN Strategy and workplan. Included in the agenda were regional and local issues such as raising the profile of the APN and capacity building strategies — revenue generation, members engagement and retention program. Some outcomes of the meeting include: development of a series of mini-reports of the Business Case for Green Buildings and the creation of a Regional Leadership Consortium led by the Established GBCs and regional partners.

The year-end APN Meeting will be hosted by the PHILGBC in November during the National Convention which included activities such as: CEO Forum, Green Building Tour, PHILGBC 10th year Gala Dinner, and the Building Green Conference.

The WorldGBC – Asia Pacific Network is composed of 15 national GBCs namely:

Established Members

Green Building Council Australia

Hong Kong Green Building Council

Indian Green Building Council

Japan Sustainable Building Consortium

New Zealand Green Building Council

Malaysia Green Building Confederation

Philippine Green Building Council

Singapore Green Building Council

Taiwan Green Building Council

Emerging Members

Green Building Council Indonesia

Korea Green Building Council

Pakistan Green Building Council

Kazakhstan Green Building Council

Prospective Members

Green Building Council Sri Lanka

Vietnam Green Building Council


QUEZON CITY, April 25-26, 2017 – Government leaders and green building experts gathered for a two (2) day consultation and workshop for the development of the National Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) for the building sector at Sequioa Hotel, Quezon City.  The workshop was conducted to properly address and discuss issues around the data gaps, and to identify the partners from the public and the private sectors that can contribute to the implementation of the NAMAs.

NAMA refers to a set of policies and actions that countries undertake as part of a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Different countries have different nationally appropriate action in accordance with mutual but distinguished responsibilities and respective capabilities.

Led by the United Nations Environment (UNE) in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission (CCC), the consultation workshop aimed to finalize the two (2) NAMA Potential actions namely:

  1. Philippine Energy Efficient Low Cost Housing; and
  2. Uptake of Green Buildings through Green Building Rating Scheme

Ms. Michelle Bosquet of the UNE led the discussion on the 1st NAMA on the Philippine Energy Efficient Low Cost Housing. The proposed actions initially identified include:

  1. Greening Affordable Housing
  2. Sustainable Design Program
  3. Renewable energy
  4. Pilot Programs with LGUs and relevant organizations

Agencies and organizations such as the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, (HLURB), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Home Development Mutual Funds (HMDF/Pag-Ibig), Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), and Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA) were some of the identified responsible parties for the 1st NAMA.

The discussion on the 2nd NAMA on the Uptake of Green Buildings through Green Building Rating System was moderated by Mr. Christopher de la Cruz, Chief Executive Officer of the PHILGBC. Proposed actions under the 2nd NAMA include:

  1. Increasing private sector buy in and engagement
  2. Capacity building –first with government staff within LGUs, then on a national level, followed by raising capacity within industry
  3. Incorporating BERDE into the update of the Green Building Code
  4. Introducing mandatory submission of energy consumption of large commercial & residential buildings
  5. Partnering with local government units (LGUs) to conduct pilot activities

The proposed actions would focus on: Engagement; Capacity Building; Case Studies, and Model Ordinances.

It was emphasized that the promotion of green building must be for the private and the public sectors. There is a need to increase the capacity of local governments, decision makers and professionals in the private sector. Furthermore, there is a need to focus on performance for the minimum standards for buildings.

The NAMA for the building sector was endorsed by the Climate Change Commission. Details of the NAMA is to be finalized by July 2017.


TAGUIG CITY, March 30, 2017 – Market leaders, property investors, contractors, and real estate experts gathered together in a seminar, “Blueprints for Green Buildings” last March 30, 2017, co-organized by GRESB, Asia-Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA), Quismbing Torres and supported by Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC). The presentations provided attendees with an overview of the tools and insights as well as case studies that may help them improve their real estate portfolio’s sustainability performance.

Ruben Langbroek, Head of GRESB Asia Pacific gave an overview on responsible investing which incorporates environmental, social, and governance factors (ESG), to better manage risks and generate sustainable long term returns.

Elizabeth Opena, Partner at Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker McKenzie International, provided the salient features of the Philippine Green Building Code. In addition, a representative from company presented the 2nd Edition of the Global Sustainable Buildings Index, a report that compares sustainable policies, schemes and practices in 25 countries.

Sylvester Wong, Vice President at AECOM shared on the trends in sustainability.

Two case studies were presented showing sustainability best practices. Ms. Anna Maria Gonzales, Sustainability Manager of Ayala Land, Inc, and a member of the PHILGBC board shared about the Makati Stock Exchange Building, one of the oldest energy efficient buildings built in 1970. The MSE has been an awardee of the Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficient Awards from 2006-2013.

Mr. Raymond Rufino, Co-President of The Net Group (TNG) and Chair of the PHILGBC, shared that their company has partnered with the Aboitiz Power to provide clean energy for all the TNG buildings making them the only developer that uses renewable energy in the country. This action has reduced the organization’s carbon use by 93% which is equivalent to 1.2 million trees. He also shared that investing in waterless urinal and LED lights is a simple green building strategy that has a short payback period of only 1.4 years.

In summary, the seminar emphasized that green building is not about implementing one solution alone. Each aspect of the building needs to be considered to find the solution to lessen its carbon footprint.


MANILA – March 24, 2017 – The Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) invited relevant government offices and industry associations to a meeting last March 24, 2017 at the New World Bay Hotel Manila to convene the Technical Committee on Forest and Forest Products or TC 78.

The BPS/TC 78 is formed to create the Philippine National Standards for forest and forest products which may include Forest Management System standards and Chain of Custody standards.

Currently there are 18 members of BPS/TC representing the government, professional association, academe, research institutions, testing institutions, trade/industry and consumer group. During the meeting, Ms. Maila Vasquez, Executive Director of Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA) and Mr. June Alvarez, Executive Director of the Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. (PCEPSDI) were elected chairman and vice-chairman, respectively.

The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Christopher de la Cruz, is one of the organizations under the Consumers group.

Other members of the Technical Committee include: Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Forest Management Bureau, University of the Philippines Los Banos – Forestry Development Center, SGS Philippines, United Architects of the Philippines and Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines among others.


TAGUIG CITY – February 17, 2017 – PHILGBC has conducted several workshops with Monocrete Construction Philippines, Inc. (MCPI) as part of the BERDE Pilot Program. As a pilot project for certification using the BERDE GBRS – Operations v.1.1.0 , MCPI and PHILGBC are identifying the appropriate and applicable credits to ensure the sustainable operations of an industrial facility for engineering products and solutions.

The latest workshop conducted last February 17, 2017 discussed the framework and the proposed credits by MCPI for their pilot project. Through this workshop, the PHILGBC engaged in discussions with MCPI on their recommended credits for their project. The proposed credits will undergo a comprehensive review before drafting the pilot rating scheme specific for MCPI.

The BERDE Pilot Program ensures the continuous development of BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes addressing the needs and priorities of different building types. For more information on the BERDE Pilot Program, contact the BERDE Program Secretariat through email at berde@philgbc.org.


MANILA – March 24, 2017 – The National Ecolabelling Programme – Green Choice Philippines (NELP-GBP) held the event launch and press conference for the 5th Kalikasan GP3 last March 24, 2017 at the New World Manila Bay Hotel. This year’s expo conference will be held from September 21-23, 2017 at the SMX Mall of Asia with the theme “Advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production in Addressing Climate Challenges”.

Dr. JR. Nereus Acosta, Chairperson, Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. (PCEPSDI) – administrator of NELP-GBC, gave the opening remarks which was followed by a keynote address from Sen. Aquilino Pimentel, III, Senate President, 17th Congress – Senate of the Philippines.

Dr. Alvin Culaba, NELP-GCP Technical Committee Head, led the tribute to the people working behind the Green Choice Program. Dr. Acosta and Sen. Pimentel III presented the certificates of recognition to the individuals and organizations which included Mr. Christopher de la Cruz, Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Green Building Council.

Usec. Zenaida Maglaya, KGP3 2015 Convener presented the 14 members of the KGP3 2017 Conveners who signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. As conveners, the organizations would provide support for the KGP3 2017 and serve as conference icons.

The KGP3 2017 conveners include: 17th Congress of Senate of the Philippines, Department of Tourism, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, Local Government of Quezon City, Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc., Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), Philippine Business for the Environment, Philippine Wood Producers Association, Foreign Chamber Council of the Philippines, GIZ Thailand, SM Supermalls and Ayala Land, Inc.

In the last KGP3 2015 Expo Conference, the PHILGBC co-presented the Green Building and Sustainable Construction Conference.

The KGP3 aims to present and discuss the global and local outlook in sustainable production and consumption (SCP) initiatives through the adoption of green economy strategies in addressing climate change mitigation and adaption and cultural heritage preservation.

Building Green Newsletter | Issue No. 6 February

Laguna Lake Development Authority Building as the First BERDE Certified Government Office

The Laguna Lake Development Authority Building is the first green building government office in the country to be BERDE (or Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence) certified.

TAGUIG CITY – 12 December 2016 – The Philippine Green Building Council’s (PHILGBC) BERDE  3-Star rating was officially awarded to the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) Building during an awarding ceremony held at the LLDA Building, National Ecology Center, Quezon City.

The two four-story buildings interconnected by bridge ways on all levels, are energy-efficient, climate-smart, ecologically adaptive and occupant-friendly. The building’s orientation minimizes heat gain and captures wind thus promoting natural ventilation in 86% of the total gross floor area. The LLDA building has double low-emitting argon windows that improves energy efficiency, and insulate walls that prevent heat absorption making rooms naturally cooler. The new headquarters also has its own waste water treatment facility and three rainwater harvesting tanks.

The LLDA building was previously certified with a BERDE 2-Stars rating for Stage 1 – Design, then acquiring a BERDE 3-Star rating for Stage 2 – As-Built.

TUV Rheinland Philippines, Inc. represented by Chief Operating Officer Tristan Loveres shared the role and purpose of a third-party assessor in the whole certification process. Loveres shared that as third-party, they had to ensure compliance of the facility with the established BERDE Green Building Rating Scheme. Loveres also expressed his support to the PHILGBC, “[T]his is where TUV Rheinland actively supports the Philippine Green Building Council in ensuring credibility, objectivity, and competence of the whole certification process.”

INSIDE THE BOARDROOM: Mr. Gabriel Maria Angelo Cascante, UAP, CBP

Gabriel Maria Angelo B. Cascante, UAP, CBP

Gabriel “Gabbie” Cascante, is a member of the Board of Trustees since 2016. He is one of the representatives under the Individual, Academe & Advocates member category. He is currently the Chair of the Membership Committee of the PHILGBC.

Gabbie is a registered and licensed architect by profession and a Certified BERDE Professional (CBP). He serves and shares his expertise as a Principal Architect, Consultant, Project & Construction manager, and Senior Partner Architect. His twenty seven years of extensive architecture experience allowed him to master the design, sustainability, construction, and management of building development.

From 2009, he is part of the Ecotektonika team as Consultant / Project Manager. In 2014, he became part of their Board of Directors. In his term, he designs and manages sustainable design projects like commercial and industrial buildings, and government buildings. His design of the Laguna Lake Development Authority Building is an example of an ecologically sustainable design project. It has been awarded a BERDE 3-Star rating. The LLDA office is the first Green Government Building using the BERDE Green Building Rating System. It showcases green building practices in the government sector and is a catalyst for other government agencies to follow.

He also provided his technical expertise during the development of the Green Building Program of Mandaue City, Cebu, a local government program promoting sustainability.


Founded and led by the entrepreneurial partners Jacques Dupasquier and Carlos Rufino, the group pioneered the “boutique IT office building” concept in the country. The company is considered the Philippines’ largest developer and operator of green office buildings. Their projects include: Net One Center, Net Square, Net Cube, Net Quad, and Net Plaza, Net Lima and Net Park.

In line with the vision to be recognized as the premier brand in delivering unparalleled workplace experience, The Net Group (TNG) commits itself to revolutionize workplaces by creating unique and sustainable lifestyle experience that offers excellence in design, technology, and service. They deliver green office spaces, making them the ideal choice for multinationals. All the buildings are currently occupied by 500 companies and prominent corporations like Fortune, JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, GE, Intel, Oracle, Ericsson, and Quisumbing Torres (Baker and McKenzie).

TNG was named in 2010 as the “Entrepreneurship Team of the Year” by the Asia CEO Award. It set new benchmarks with Net Lima, the sixth in their series of intelligent office buildings, which remains the biggest office developer in Bonifacio Global City with 54.5% of the gross leasable office in the area.

TNG has integrated the green philosophy into all aspects of property development, from design to construction to management. To show their commitment to green building, they switched six of their buildings to AboitizPower’s renewable energy, Cleanergy in 2013.

TNG continues to inspire leadership in building green.  Their Net Lima building is the first certified green building in the country under the BERDE Green Building Rating System with a 4-Stars rating. In addition, TNG’s Net Park is currently eyeing to achieve the highest rating under BERDE.