Green City Development Forum No. 1 for the City of Pasig

PASIG CITY, Philippines — 22 May 2015 – The City of Pasig recently hosted the Green City Development Forum No. 1 for the Development of the Green City Development Code for Pasig.  The forum was conducted last 22 May 2015 at the Tanghalang Pasigueño, Pasig City Hall.  The Philippine Green Building Council facilitated the forum, presenting the salient features of the proposed Green City Development Code prepared by the City Government of Pasig. Continue reading

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: WorldGBC Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building

Submission of nomination forms to the PHILGBC is extended to 6 June 2014.

Dear Fellow Green Builders,

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.

Here’s our chance to shine a spotlight in a regional scale on your spectacular sustainable designs and outstanding business leadership.

Nominations are open until 26th May 2014, with winners announced in Singapore on Tuesday 2 September.

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 online:
www.worldgbc.org/apnawards and Nomination forms are attached below:

Nomination Form for Business Leadership in Sustainability Nomination Form for Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance Your Nominations must be submitted through the PHILGBC Awards Committee or PHILGBC Secretariat for a small fee of US$100 per nomination, paid directly to PHILGBC’s account. To find out more how we can work together to promote your projects and company leadership, please contact:

Ms. Agnes R. Afuang : chair.awards@philgbc.org

Ms. Ting Zwolfer : cmzwolfer@philgbc.org

 

World Green Building Week 2013: Greener, Better, Healthier Buildings for People and the Planet

September 16, 2013: Boosting student test scores, improving employee productivity, accelerating patient recovery rates, and slashing energy consumption in homes… green buildings are good for the planet and good for people too.

That’s the message from the World Green Building Council as it gears up for its fourth annual World Green Building Week.

From September 16-20 2013, Green Building Councils in 98 countries representing more than 25,000 organizations will host events, run campaigns and celebrate World Green Building Week under the theme: ‘Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People’.

“Green buildings play a fundamental role in addressing some of the most pressing challenges of our time. World Green Building Week showcases how green buildings are reducing the global carbon footprint, saving money and improving productivity, creating jobs and improving the lives of millions of people,” says the WorldGBC’s Chief Executive Officer, Jane Henley.

From conferences and site tours, to award ceremonies and twitter chats, GBCs will be taking part in hundreds of activities around the world. In the Philippines, the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) will be holding a General Membership Meeting on September 20, 2013, 8:00AM to 11:00AM at F1 Best Western Premier Hotel, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. The meeting’s featured topic will be on “Smart Growth” for communities, neighborhoods, and cities, to be discussed by Senen Antonio, Partner and Director for Business Development at DPZ Architects and Town Planners in Miami, Florida.

“Carrying on with our commitment for knowledge-exchange on green building best practices and to facilitate continued advancement of our programs, the PHILGBC looks forward to the participation of professionals involved in the different facets of the built environment and the property sector,” says PHILGBC Chairman Ramon Rufino, inviting fellow green builders to the event.

“The WorldGBC network has expanded from eight GBCs in 2002 to 98 today. This explosive growth underscores the value of our industry, as we work together to create a world of greener, better, healthier buildings,” Ms Henley concludes.

Visit the World Green Building Week events calendar: www.worldgbc.org/events


Download this press release here.

Download World Green Building Week 2013 Fact Sheets:

Greener, Better, Healthier Homes
Greener, Better, Healthier Offices
Greener, Better, Healthier Schools

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/.