Invitation to the International Green Building Conference

This year's International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2013, happening on September 11-13 at Marina Bay Sands, will be the anchor event of the Singapore Green Building Week, organised by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore in partnership with the Singapore Green building Council. The IGBC 2013 is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants from over 30 countries - from thought leaders, real estate developers to urban planners, architects, engineers, builders and other industry professionals - committed to understanding and putting into action real-world, tangible green building solutions. Also present at the conference will be policy-makers and key government officials from several growth markets, who will give their unique public sector perspective on green building solutions, policies and plans. Academia will also share their latest research findings in green building fields.

IGBC 2013 will be held alongside the annual Build Eco Expo (BEX) Asia 2013 – Southeast Asia's premier business platform for the green building and construction industry. A dedicated trade event that has a strategic focus on the Build Green environment, it features eco-friendly, energy efficient building materials, designs and architecture – reaching out to Green building suppliers, industry practitioners and professionals.

PHILGBC members may avail of special rates to participate in the IGBC 2013. Special rates are only accessible by registering your participation with the PHILGBC National Secretariat. For registration and details, please email secretariat@philgbc.org cc: events@philgbc.org, or contact Ms. Anna Tugol or Chester dela Cruz at 815-9301.

Package Normal Rate Early Bird
(Register by August 6, 2013)
Special Rate
(Register by August 6, 2013)
Full 3-Day Programme
(includes conference, workshop, and welcome
reception; excludes Green Mark Tour)
SGD 1,000 SGD 800 SGD 900
Daily Pass
Day 1 - Daily Pass (Conference & Welcome Reception) SGD 550/day SGD 440/day SGD 495/day
Day 1 - Daily Pass (Conference only) SGD 400/day SGD 320/day SGD 360/day
Day 2 - Daily Pass (Conference only) SGD 400/day SGD 320/day SGD 360/day
Day 3 - Daily Pass (Workshop only) SGD 150/day SGD 120/day SGD 135/day
Green Mark Tour only SGD 200 SGD 200 SGD 200
Welcome Reception only SGD 200 SGD 200 SGD 200

More information about the International Green Building Conferece is available at http://www.sgbw.com.sg/ or download the information sheet here.

DOE and PHILGBC invite individuals for DOE-PEEP Fellowship

TAGUIG, Philippines. – January 3, 2012 – The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) invites interested and qualified individuals to be part of the DOE-PEEP Fellowship for the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project – Efficient Building Initiative (PEEP-EBI).

The Republic of the Philippines, through the DOE, initiated the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) to demonstrate the societal benefits of implementing energy efficiency programs in the residential, commercial and public sectors. The project is implemented with financial support from the Asia Development Bank (ADB).

One of the subcomponents of PEEP is the Efficient Building Initiative (EBI), which aims to accelerate the implementation of a green building rating system by streamlining existing green building initiatives in the property sector. For this subcomponent, the DOE recognizes the BERDE Green Building Rating System developed by the PHILGBC under the BERDE Program as the National Voluntary Green Building Rating System.

DOE-PEEP-EBI Fellows will undergo the BERDE Professional Basic Training Course as part of the capacity building activities of the BERDE Program under the PEEP-EBI. This course will equip the selected individuals with knowledge to assist project proponents in pursuing BERDE certification. Selected Fellows may also be included in the delegation for study tours in March 2013.

Download a copy of the Request for Expression of Interest for the DOE-PEEP-EBI Fellowship (BD-LTR-2013-REOI-DOEPEEPFellowship.pdf). For more information on the PEEP-EBI and the BERDE Program, contact the Philippine Green Building Council, the PEEP-EBI Implementing Agency.

 

DOE and PHILGBC invite project developers for BERDE Assessment and Certification

TAGUIG, Philippines. – December 19, 2012 – The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) invite project developers to register and undergo the BERDE Assessment and Certification and be publicly recognized under the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project: Efficient Building Initiative (PEEP-EBI).

The Republic of the Philippines, through the DOE, initiated the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) to demonstrate the societal benefits of implementing a series of energy efficiency (EE) projects in the commercial, residential and public sectors. The project is implemented with financial support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The Efficient Building Initiative, a subcomponent of PEEP, aims to accelerate the implementation of a green building rating system by streamlining existing green building initiatives in the property sector. For this subcomponent, the DOE recognizes the BERDE Green Building Rating System developed by the PHILGBC under the BERDE Program as the National Voluntary Green Building Rating System.

BERDE Assessment and Certification is conducted by a third-party certification body (CB) accredited by PHILGBC and the Philippine Accreditation Office (PAO). The CB shall undertake the BERDE Assessment activities, such as documentation review, assessment and assessment reporting, and will appoint a panel to independently conduct the review of the Assessment Report and be responsible for the grant of the BERDE Certification.

Selected project developers will sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the PHILGBC and the DOE to formalize the commitment to undergo BERDE Certification under the PEEP-EBI. Successful projects will be publicly recognized by the DOE and the PHILGBC as BERDE-certified green buildings under the PEEP-EBI.

Contact the BERDE National Secretariat for a copy of the Request for Expression of Interest for the BERDE Assessment and Certification. For more information on the PEEP-EBI and the BERDE Program, contact the Philippine Green Building Council, the PEEP-EBI Implementing Agency.

From Building Systems Commissioning to Innovations: Week Two of Workshop and Study Group Series Opens

The Workshops on Building Systems Commissioning and BERDE Scoring & Weighting, and Management and Innovation opened the second week of the BERDE Workshop and Study Group Series conducted by the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE). The two discussions were conducted by the PHILGBC under the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project - Efficient Building Initiative (PEEP) to gather comments, clarify issues, and solicit suggestions for improvement from affiliated professionals, members, and parties involved in the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) Program. Both workshops held venue at the TÜV Rheinland Philippines Office, La Fuerza Building I, Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City. The Workshop on Building Systems Commissioning and BERDE Scoring & Weighting was conducted from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, where third-party building commissioning, specific commissioning for each stage of a building's life cycle, the BERDE scoring and weighting system, and uncontrolled variables affecting BERDE scoring were the central discussion points. Representatives from Aeight Pacific Corporation, Rockwell Land Corporation, University of Makati, TÜV Rheinland Philippines, City Planning Development Office of Manila, and Arthaland Corporation composed the delegation of participants.

Qualification of local communities, investor benefits, intangibility and immeasurability of sustainable development commitment points, and incentivization of innovations were key points highlighted during the Workshop on Management and Innovation from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Representatives from Arthaland Philippines, Federal Land, Lasallian Institute for the Environment (LIFE), Rockwell Land Corporation, University of Makati, TÜV Rheinland Philippines, and the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) - Batangas Chapter participated in the discussions and provided valuable input from the industry.

BERDE is the Philippines' National Voluntary Green Building Rating System adopted by the DOE under PEEP-EBI, and version 1.1.0 of the BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes for New Construction and Existing Buildings are being developed in partnership.

Look at how you can contribute to the development of BERDE by visiting us at http://berdeonline.org/.

Four BERDE Categories Tackled in November 9 Workshops

Four (4) of the categories from the framework of the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) green building rating system --- namely Land Use and Ecology, Transportation, Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ), and Materials --- were tackled on November 9, 2012 during two (2) sessions of the BERDE Workshop and Study Group Series at the TDG Corporate Headquarters, NET Quad Building, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

The two discussions are part of a series conducted by the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) under the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project - Efficient Building Initiative (PEEP) to gather comments, clarify issues, and solicit suggestions for improvement from affiliated professionals, members, and parties involved in the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) Program.

The Workshop on Land Use and Transportation was conducted from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and was participated in by representatives from Palafox Associates, Transnational Diversified Group (TDG), TÜV Rheinland Philippines, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Housing and Land Use Regulation Board (HLURB), and the city governments of Makati and Quezon City. Contents and issues raised regarding the Land Use and Transportation categories of the BERDE green building rating schemes for New Construction and Existing Buildings version 1.0.0 were presented, and terminologies used were suggested to be standardized to promote consistency.

The Workshop on IEQ and Materials was conducted from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, which gathered input from representatives from Acoustic Analysis, BryAir, Concepcion Carrier Airconditioning Co., Decopro, Holcim Philippines, Pacific Paints (Boysen) Philippines, Philips, PL Light in Existence, and United Architects of the Philippines - Batangas Chapter. The contents and issues raised regarding the Indoor Environment Quality and Materials categories from BERDE version 1.0.0 were presented, and discussions among participants centered on standards reference, guideline stringency, and acoustics for IEQ; and low VOC treatment, paint testing, and general material testing for Materials.

Related presentations during this workshop were: the National Ecolabelling Programme by Mr. June Alvarez of the Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. (PCEPSDI), and Planning Innovations and Technology Trends in Housing by Ms. Benita Regala of the National Housing Authority (NHA).

BERDE is the Philippines' National Voluntary Green Building Rating System adopted by the DOE under PEEP-EBI, and version 1.1.0 of the BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes for New Construction and Existing Buildings are being developed in partnership.

Look at how you can contribute to the development of BERDE by visiting us at http://berdeonline.org/.

Study Group on BERDE for Residential Development Conducted

A Study Group on BERDE for Residential Development was conducted last November 9, 2012, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the PHILGBC National Secretariat Office, NET One Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. The discussion is part of a series conducted by the PHILGBC under the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project - Efficient Building Initiative (PEEP) to gather comments, clarify issues, and solicit suggestions for improvement from affiliated professionals, members, and pilot project owners and developers to facilitate the development of the BERDE Green Building Rating Scheme for Residential Developments.

Residential clusters and vertical residential buildings are the targets of BERDE for Residential Development, a rating scheme under the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) Program that evaluates the environmental effects and impacts of human habitation units. It also aims to promote the sustainable design and construction of these developments.

The study group was participated in by representatives from Arthaland Corporation, Mañosa and Co., National Housing Authority (NHA), Subdivision & Housing Developers Association, Inc., Forssman Pacific Corporation, and Mañosa Properties Inc. Mr. John Paul de Jesus of Arthaland Corporation and Mr. Angelo Mañosa of Mañosa and Co. shared their input and recommendations based on their initial implementation and evaluation of the BERDE green building rating scheme for New Construction on Arya Residences and Ylang Lane. Both presentors discussed the aspects where the BERDE green building rating scheme was applied, and provided suggestions based on their experiences and evaluations. The points discussed included the practicability of implementation, change in point allocation, criteria and point consideration, and the use of indigenous materials such as bamboo for medium rise developments.

Mañosa Properties is the pilot project owner committed for residential cluster development, and the Arya Residences is the pilot project committed for vertical residential buildings, both under BERDE for Residential Development.

BERDE is the Philippines' National Voluntary Green Building Rating System adopted by the DOE under PEEP-EBI, and version 1.1.0 of the BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes for New Construction and Existing Buildings are being developed in partnership.

Look at how you can contribute to the development of BERDE by visiting us at http://berdeonline.org/.

Workshop and Study Group Highlight Waste Management and Water Efficiency

The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE), delivered the Workshop on Waste Management and Study Group on Water Efficiency on November 6, 2012 at the PHILGBC National Secretariat Office at the NET One Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. The two discussions are part of a series conducted by the PHILGBC under the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project - Efficient Building Initiative (PEEP) to gather comments, clarify issues, and solicit suggestions for improvement from affiliated professionals, members, and parties involved in the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) Program.

The Workshop on Waste Management was conducted from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and was participated in by representatives from the cities of Manila and Makati and the Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines (SWAPP). The first in a two-part workshop, the session included a presentation on Construction Waste Management by Ms. Lizette Cardenas, SWAPP Executive Director, and a presentation on the contents and issues raised for the Waste category of BERDE version 1.0.0 by Mr. Pablo Suarez, BERDE Standards Committee Chairman. The discussion centered on application of waste management plans, minimization of construction waste, and guidelines for Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs).

The Study Group on Water Efficiency was conducted from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and participants from Maynilad Water Services, Inc., GHD Pty. Ltd., Forssman Pacific Corporation, and Falcon Waterfree Philippines discussed effluent impact assessment, sewer line assessment, applicability of tariff systems for existing building wastewater management systems, and local laws and ordinances related to sewage treatment.

BERDE is the Philippines' National Voluntary Green Building Rating System adopted by the DOE under PEEP-EBI, and version 1.1.0 of the BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes for New Construction and Existing Buildings are being developed in partnership.

Look at how you can contribute to the development of BERDE by visiting us at http://berdeonline.org/.

DOE and PHILGBC hold PEEP-EBI Inception Workshop

The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) held an Inception Workshop for the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project – Efficient Building Initiative (PEEP-EBI) today, October 23, 2012 at the F1 Best Western Premier Hotel, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. The workshop was conducted by the PHILGBC to finalize the work plan for the PEEP-EBI. Furthermore, the workshop sought to gather comments, issues and concerns from all parties involved in the project to facilitate further improvement of the work process and the development of the BERDE green building rating system version 1.1.0.

The announcement of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) of the need to conform with a single quality assurance framework for local green building rating systems was echoed during the workshop. Mr. Christopher C. dela Cruz, PHILGBC Chairman, shared that the Inception Workshop was a mechanism to collect inputs and report outcomes and deliverables, and that the PHILGBC sees this partnership as an opportunity of the private sector to work with the national government and ensure alignment with the government’s objectives.

DOE Undersecretary Loreta Ayson, CESO I, acknowledged the expertise of the PHILGBC in green building rating systems development, and assured the commitment of the DOE in the implementation of the project. She shares that the project “signals that the government is willing to support and partner with the green building sector”, and that “the EBI is the beginning of something, a catalyst of a future bandwagon in the building sector, that will lead to a paradigm shift in green building.”

A backgrounder on PEEP-EBI was presented, followed by a discussion on the development process undertaken by BERDE version 1.0.0. Dialogues during the workshop focused on BERDE-related professional education programs, surveillance programs for BERDE-Certified buildings, promotion of the green building rating schemes, and the development of new green building rating schemes specific to building types. Professionals in the workshop shared their experiences related to the BERDE green building rating system including the BERDE registration of a government building and the development of a framework for green communities.

Learn more about the proceedings of the PEEP-EBI Inception Workshop here.

1st BERDE Design Recognition awarded to First Balfour

Considered as another milestone for the Philippine Green Building Council's (PHILGBC) BERDE Green Building Rating System, the first BERDE Design Recognition Certificate was awarded by PHILGBC and pioneering certification body TÜV Rheinland Philippines, Inc. to the Lopez-owned construction firm, First Balfour, Inc. The certificate was received by its president and COO Anthony Fernandez, along with representatives and heads from various departments of First Balfour.

The First Balfour corporate office, located at Km 19 West Service Road, Sucat, Parañaque City, was awarded last July 18, with a 1-Star Design Recognition under BERDE for the New Construction V1.0.0., for sufficiently complying with all the mandatory requirements of the BERDE rating system. Depending on the extent of conformance to the green building rating system, a project may get a rating of 1-star to the highest possible rating of 5-star based on the 11 BERDE criteria: Management, Land Use & Ecology, Water, Energy, Transportation, Indoor Environment Quality, Materials, Emissions, Waste, Heritage Conservation and Innovation.

Seeing the shift to a greener and more sustainable construction industry, both PHILGBC and TÜV Rheinland expect more construction firms and developers venture into green building certification. Aside from the first Balfour corporate office, these are the projects that are also undergoing the BERDE Certification Process in various assessment stages: The Net Lima (Pilot Project BERDE for New Construction), DLSU Henry Sy Sr. Hall (Pilot Project BERDE for Educational Institutions), and RSP Lim Tower (New Construction).

TÜV Rheinland Philippines is the accredited certification body of the Philippine Green Building Council for BERDE Assessment and Certification Scheme and the accredited Training Institution for BERDE Education and Capacity Building Program. Find more information about BERDE training and certification at www.tuv.com/ph.

printed on People & Events Page of the Philippine Star, October 2, 2012.

PCA – Metropolitan Chapter to Sign MOA with PHILGBC

In light of present demands of sustainability in building and construction in the Philippines, professionals in the said field are paving the way that Filipinos may be able to live in an ecologically sound environment. Companies and organizations continue to answer the challenge of transformation through the adaptation of greener building practices and using green technologies.

With this in mind, the Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) – Metropolitan Chapter will be signing a Memorandum of Agreement with the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) on January 17, 2010 at Bistro Mateo in Tiendesitas, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City.

“PCA Metropolitan Chapter, as a responsible contractors group, considers it its duty to accept the challenge and take positive collective action to combat the threat of climate change and to secure a sustainable future,” states Engr. Rogelio Lim, President of PCA – Metro. “We do not only embrace this duty as citizens of the Philippines but as citizens of the world for, when we act locally our actions reverberate globally.”

The Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) – Pasig–San Juan–Mandaluyong Chapter was chartered in 1983 by a group of small and medium-size contractors and entrepreneurs aiming to “promote their welfare and advance the industry’s interests”. In 2008, the chapter realized the need to extend jurisdiction to the National Capital Region to increase its member base and serve more professionals, thus, the PCA – Metropolitan Chapter was formed in 2009.

At present, PCA – Metropolitan is the largest chapter of the organization. They are also the first contractors’ group to become an alliance partner of the PHILGBC.

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