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.

WORLDBEX 2017

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.

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

3RD BERDE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WITH MCPI

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.

PHILGBC SIGNS AS CONVENER OF THE 5TH KALIKASAN GREEN PRODUCTIVITY, GREEN PURCHASING TOWARDS GREEN PHILIPPINES (GP3) EXPO CONFERENCE

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.

FEATURED MEMBER: The Net Group

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.

Carlos Rufino: A Visionary in Real Estate Development and a Leader in Green Building

Carlos “Charlie” Rufino is a prime mover in the real estate development and an exemplar green developer.

A visionary, and despite the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis that struck and left many businesses bankrupt, Charlie was able to see the potential of a former military base.  He knew that he can make something great out of the then barren and former military base and turn it into a great and remarkable city — Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

As Chief Executive Officer of The Net Group, he focused and invested on green office projects and built the first high rise building in Fort Bonifacio, The Net One Center. Evidently, he was able to build and develop a city in only a span of 25 years.

Charlie has achieved numerous notable projects but considers his involvement in the development of Fort Bonifacio to be the highlight of his career. For him, seeing and being able to share his experience in contributing to the growth and development of Bonifacio Global City is incredible and fulfilling.

“I have been doing projects, I’ve been doing tall buildings, … But doing a city and seeing something grow from 20-25 years ago to what it is today is unbelievable to see because very few can really experience it. At the beginning there was nothing and you’re just looking at conceptual drawings to really seeing something there. And I can share that experience because I think for many people, this process is usually from 50-60 years and the people who start are usually no longer available at the end but I’ve been able because of the past growth of Bonifacio we’ve been able to see in 22 years what has really happened.”

Together with Jacques Dupasquier, Charlie formed The Net Group, the largest developer of premium office buildings in Bonifacio Global City. The success of the company is attributed to the impeccable reputation of the two co-founders and their team. The Net Group is known in the industry as a company that delivers on its commitments. Charlie considers having a clean and good track record very important as it goes a long way. Further, he believes that in building projects, one must not create  “win-lose” situations wherein only one party benefits and the other does not.

Charlie and Jacques are advocates of sustainable development. They are prime supporters of the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), the largest green building movement in the country.

Green building has been a part of Charlie’s vocabulary for the longest time. Ten years ago, the Philippines started to become a focal point of international groups who brought their own model of development with international standards. Charlie took this opportunity to align his interest in green building. He invested in the cost and marketing of his advocacy. Thus, giving him a greater understanding that green does not only apply to the design of the building but also on how a building is being used.

During the early years of PHILGBC, Charlie encouraged his son Ramon, who then just came back from finishing his Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Colombia University, to support the movement as pushing green building among all sectors is constructive and rewarding.

“We should be involved if we can, Let us be part of the early starters… So we’re very happy that we worked with them [PHILGBC]. Because I think being there at the start and having to push it among all the sectors whether you are a developer, supplier, designer, engineer is very fulfilling. And I think everybody has to be involved because at the end of the day green building helps us… In terms of telling our commitments to all our tenants that we’re also part of the PHILGBC means we know the language that we’re talking about, and we are a fierce proponent for this advocacy.”

Today, The Net Group is a leader in green building development. All the Net buildings are under various stages of certification under the BERDE green building rating system. In fact, Net Lima building is the first certified green building in the country under BERDE with a 4-stars rating. Another property, the Net Park, is currently eyeing to achieve the highest rating under the BERDE green building certification.

Presently, the industry has matured to the point it is no longer unknowing with the importance of green building. Nevertheless, Charlie remains committed to do and have collaborative spaces intended for sustainable development. He intends to gather the best minds among all sectors to come up with possible solutions and improvements for the development of cities.

“You can only move forward once you have a vision.”

Charlie is not planning to stop and rest on his laurels any time soon. For him, envisioning and planning for the development of cities are very significant. As a matter of fact, given the accomplishments that he has achieved, he plans to commit his time to be able to do something in the future to integrate the best planning in greening the cities of Makati, Pasig, and other surrounding areas.

Unquestionably, Charlie is a remarkable person. A groundbreaker in green building development. A visionary leader that continues to inspire the next generation. Advancing confidently in the direction of his vision as he translates it into reality.

Building Green Newsletter Issue No. 3

Building Green Newsletter Issue No. 3

Download the Building Green Newsletter Issue No. 3 here.

The Building Green Newsletter, much like how the native Tambuli is a tool for calling out to the communities, is here to announce to our membership the most recent events in the Council.  Featured in this issue are:

  • CEO IN FOCUS
    • Raul Joseph Concepcion, Concepcion Carrier Airconditioning Corporation
  • ARTICLES
    • Building Green Conference 2014
    • General Membership Meeting, October 2014
    • Glasstech Asia 2014
    • 2015 PHILGBC Strategic Planning
    • World Green Building Council Asia Pacific Regional Network
      • Year-End Meeting 2014
      • Mid-Year Meeting 2015
  • COMMITTEES AT WORK
    • Legislative Committee
    • BERDE Committee
    • Membership Committee
  • Announcements of Upcoming Events

For more information on the newsletter and how you can be part of the team, please contact the Membership Committee at membership@philgbc.org.

COMMITTEES AT WORK: 2015 Strategic Planning

The PHILGBC Board of Trustees (BOT) held its Strategic Planning for the year 2015 last 30 January, 2015 at the F1 Hotel, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.City. With the newly elected members, the BOT discussed the work plan for the year, as well as future directions for the Council.