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.

Posted in Issue 7, Newsletter, PHILGBC, PHILGBC.