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.

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