Building Green Power Breakfast: Inspiring Green

22 June 2017, Makati City – The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) conducted its Power Breakfast: Inspiring Green for the Building Professionals and Service Providers Member Network of the council at the Molave Room, Dusit Thani Manila with twelve (12) member companies.

In his welcome message, PHILGBC Chair, Ramon Rufino, shared that the Power Breakfast is a roundtable discussion series created to engage with the respective Member Networks of the Council, and to stimulate meaningful dialogue on emerging green building issues in the building industry. He also encouraged the participants to share their thoughts and ideas on how the council can further promote, strengthen the promotion of green building in the country.

Air and Odor Management Chief Executive Officer, Jeroen Van Straten, co-organizer of the Power Breakfast, gave an introduction of their company and its services. He briefly discussed the parameters and acceptable indoor air quality limits that their technologies are addressing. Mr. Straten shared that company conducts assessments of the air quality and provides recommendations and solutions for the clients to be certified for clean air. AOM General Manager, Mr. Maranan added that the company offers packages based on the SS 554 Indoor Air Quality Standards of Singapore.

Mr. Mario Suelto, BERDE Technical Manager, presented the initial draft of BERDE V.2.0, discussing the changes applied in the following: BERDE Framework, Terminologies, BERDE Green Building Rating System, and Credits. In addition, he discussed how the Core Framework was refactored to refine what credits are essential in developing a green building project. In addition, Electives were introduced as optional credits that may provide wider sustainability benefits which are not part of the Core Framework.

PHILGBC Chief Executive Officer, Christopher de la Cruz facilitated the discussion after the two presentations. Questions about BERDE, and Indoor Air Quality were addressed. He mentioned that PHILGBC is currently doing a credit to credit consultation, and will conduct an internal consultation with the council members on September. Furthermore, he shared that the BERDE V.2.0 will have its soft launch at the end of July and will be officially released on November 2017 during the Building Green 2017 Conference. He also mentioned that CBP training is currently on hold until the finalization of BERDE v2.0.0.

PHILGBC Executive Director, Ms. Anna Tungol, closed the activity by reminding the members on the upcoming events of the council namely such as the Special Membership Meeting in September to coincide with celebration of the World Green Building Week and the National Convention in November which includes the WGBC Asia Pacific Network Meeting, the PHILGBC 10th Year Anniversary Gala and Building Green events such as CEO Breakfast Forum, Green Building Tour, and the Annual Conference. For additional inputs and suggestions, the members were encouraged to send an email at secretariat@philgbc.org.

Cross and Parallel Working Session for the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action

12-13 JUNE 2017, BANGKOK, THAILAND —The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) joined the Philippine team in the two-day Cross and Parallel Working Session for the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) Development for the Building Sector in Asia Project organized by the United Nations Environment in the UN office in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Philippine team composed of representatives from the Climate Change Commission (CCC), National Housing Authority and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), discussed in details the two NAMA concepts in place for the building sector which were endorsed by the CCC in April.

The first concept is the public sector NAMA which revolves around the effort to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) in the socialized housing sector through efforts proposed by the NHA. The second is the private sector NAMA which revolves around the effort to reduce GHGs in the mainstream residential and commercial sector through efforts currently undertaken by the PHILGBC. Discussion points included the detailed implementation plan, definition of stakeholder roles, expected impacts, and financing.

The Philippine team together with representatives from the UN Environment will meet again in July to finalize the NAMA proposals for submission to the NAMA registry.

Featured Project: First Balfour Corporate Office

The First Balfour’s Corporate Office of the Lopez Group construction firm is the first to be awarded with BERDE Design Recognition under BERDE for the New Construction V1.0.0 in 2014.  First Balfour, Inc. redesigned and retrofitted the buildings from the land they bought to incorporate the following green features:

  • Endemic Trees for natural shading
  • Meters for clean water and reused water
  • Storage tanks for used oil
  • Rainwater collection system
  • Parking spaces for the handicap, carpool, bicycles, motorcycle, and green vehicles.
  • Illumination control and Energy Efficient Lighting

First Balfour Corporate Office is located along KM 19 West Service Road, Parañaque City.

 

Featured Project: Arya Residences

Arya Residences is the Philippines’ first residential development undergoing dual green building certification using the BERDE New Construction v1.1.0 for Residential development and the LEED rating system. The two-tower residential development is a project of the ArthaLand Corporation, a member of the Philippine Green Building Council.

Among the green building features being considered in the project include:

  • Close proximity to basic amenities such as hospital, institutions, commercial and business areas;
  • Provision for bicycle racks to encourage bikers;
  • maximize natural ventilation and natural daylight;
  • Employment of low flow, low flush fixtures which may result of 40% less water consumption;
  • Provision for dual piping for irrigation and flushing;
  • Usage of local vegetation that may require minimal maintenance and water usage
  • Usage of low VOC paint and sealants for a healthier home;
  • Usage of high-quality, eco-friendly sustainable materials
  • Usage of low energy consumption appliances and systems such as energy-efficient air conditioning units which may contribute to a reduction of at least 14% energy demand.

Arya Residences is located at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

BERDE Program Progress Report

Keep up-to-date with updates on the development, certification, and education under the BERDE Program.

Development

In 2013, PHILGBC, in partnership with the Department of Energy, released nine (9) BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes (GBRS) for New Construction, Retrofits and Renovations, and Operations.  This year, we will be embarking in another cycle of updating the current BERDE GBRS responding to more efficient technologies and practices, improving usability of the schemes, and enhancing processes for certification.

Members of the PHILGBC can participate in the development by sending insight and feedback on the rating schemes.  The insight on the use of the system and feedback on the rating schemes contribute to improving the National Voluntary Green Building Rating System.  Send your feedback through email at berde@philgbc.org.

On the other hand, the need for rating schemes that addresses the different requirements of the various building types is increasing.  Projects may now be involved in the development of a new scheme through the BERDE Pilot Program.  The Pilot Program allows the development of a bespoke rating scheme and certification of the project under the new rating scheme.  For more information, contact the PHILGBC National Secretariat.

Certification

There is an increasing demand for BERDE Certification in the Cebu province, particularly in the City of Mandaue where implementation of the Mandaue Green Building Ordinance is in full-swing.  Newly registered projects include the Mandani Bay Suites Tower 1 and 2 of HT Land, Inc. in Mandaue City, and the Latitude Corporate Center of BL Ventures, Inc. in Cebu City.

Education

The PHILGBC is accepting requests for in-house trainings for BERDE Professionals Basic Training Course.  Interested organizations may request for trainings through the PHILGBC National Secretariat through email at berde@philgbc.org.

CEO’S REPORT: Mr. Christopher C. de la Cruz

PHILGBC’S SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2016

The year 2016 has been a transformative and operative year where the PHILGBC achieved significant progress as a Green Building Council.

I. ESTABLISHED MEMBER OF THE WORLD GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

In June, the Philippine Green Building Council was given the status of Established Member, the highest level of membership of the World Green Building Council. This means that as a Green Building Council, it is fully operational, running impactful programs and have shown stability and national positioning. It is the go-to organization regarding green building in the country. Being an Established Member also signifies that the Philippine Green Building Council is continually working towards bringing together the property sector in a single platform for cooperation.

II. SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Throughout the year, PHILGBC reinforced and established new relationships with academe, government, and various organizations. Being the go-to organization on green building, the council provided their technical expertise in the fora and conferences of the following organizations:

• “8th CE- Logic National Electronic Conference: Go Green – Sustainable Libraries and Learning Spaces in the 21st Centuries” by CE – Logic Inc.
• “Sustainable Enterprise Summit 2016” by Enderun Extension and JCI Manila;
• “3rd Annual Power and Electricity World Philippines and Solar Show Philippines 2016” by Terrapin;
• “Building Momentum in Leadership and Management for Professionals and Specialists in Millennial Libraries and Information of Century” by Davao Colleges and Universities Network
• “Socialized Housing Challenges” by Housing Solution Congress;
• “National Building and Property Management” by Philippine Association of Building Administrators;
• “Philippine Airport Summit: Green Airport” by Ezkom-Events;
• “Learning Synergy Summit” by Lopez Group HR Council;
• “Business Summit on Climate Change: Towards an Aligned Strategy on Climate Change” by the Climate Change Commission; and
• “The Maharlikans at the Forefront of Excellence Balangkasan 2016” by UAP – Manila Maharlikan Chapter

III. PARTNERSHIP WITH USAID B-LEADERS ON CAPACITY BUILDING IN MANDAUE CITY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THEIR GREEN BUILDING ORDINANCE

The City of Mandaue partnered with PHILGBC in ensuring the effective implementation of their Green Building Ordinance. Mandaue adopted the BERDE Green Building Rating System for the provisions of green building certification, and as a guidance for green building within the city.

Through the Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability (B-LEADERS) Project of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), PHILGBC provided technical assistance in capacitating the internal and external stakeholder of the city.

Major outputs of the project are the:

    Green Building Toolkit, which is a user-friendly tool for the implementation of the Green Building Ordinance of Mandaue City.
–     Investment Code, which outlines the incentives for green building projects in the City of Mandaue.

IV. BERDE

In supporting the continuous development of BERDE, PHILGBC established BERDE Pilot Program. In January 2016, PHILGBC had a signing of a Memorandum of Agreement on BERDE Pilot Project Assessment & Certification with Monocrete Construction Philippines, Inc. MCPI and PHILGBC agreed to collaborate in developing an appropriate BERDE GBRS for operations of an industrial facility for engineering products.

PHILGBC conducted various workshops with Monocrete to develop a rating scheme with parameters that are appropriate for their building type.

As of December, there are currently 21 leading and participating companies under the BERDE Program. PHILGBC has recently certified the Laguna Lake Development Authority Building as the first BERDE 3-Star Certified government office.

V. WORLD GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL EVENTS

The council strengthen its relationship with the GBC network. PHILGBC participated in four World Green Building Council’s events this year:

  •     The WGBC Asia-Pacific Regional Network Mid-Year Meeting that was held in Seoul, South Korea last April, where PHILGBC discussed with the member GBCs in the APN emerging issues on green building and administrative concerns in building stronger regional connections.
  •     The WGBC APN Year-End Meeting in Mumbai, India in October 2016 where the regional member councils gathered together, and discussed updates about each council. This year’s year end meeting focused mainly on WGBC updates, local implementation of WGBC Better Places for People Campaign, and plans for the improvement of local GBCs.
  •     The World Members Day in Stockholm, Sweden in October, where the representatives of the 74 country GBCs gathered to share ideas and establish strategies to reinforce their global movement in promoting green building, and to support local initiatives in sustainability.
  •     The WGBC Congress Day also held in Stockholm, Sweden last October which talked about the use the green certifications, indoors environment and health, sustainable real estate management and smart new technology to actively contribute in sustainable living.

VI. REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETING

The council maintained its strong relationship with its members and recognized their leadership through relevant programs and activities.

In June, the council held its Regular Membership Meeting which featured a presentation on the Philippine Green Building Code by Arch. Rey Gabitan, FUAP, chair of the Board of Consultants of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

During the meeting, the council also recognized their sustaining corporate members who are at the forefront in their campaigns:

Diamond Sustaining Member – The Net Group
Gold Sustaining Member – Republic Cement Services, Inc.
Silver Sustaining Members – Air and Odor Management, Inc., Autodesk,
Monocrete Construction Phils. Inc., World Home Depot, Megawide         Construction, Kaskal Philippines

The Council also presented a Certificate of Recognition to The Net Group for their valuable support as Diamond sponsor of the National Secretariat and BERDE Secretariat since 2010 to present.

VII. GREEN BUILDING WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

The council also reached out and engaged the academe through the Green Building Workshop for Young Professionals in June. This workshop allowed the young professionals to share their insights on current sustainability practices, to know more about BERDE, and to know the council’s insight on the different career opportunities in green building.

VIII. POWER BREAKFAST – INSPIRING GREEN

The council initiated this series wherein PHILGBC engaged the owners and chief executives of their member groups to discuss emerging issues in their respective sectors. In July, the council held the Power Breakfast with the Property Developers, Owners and Brokers’ member group which was attended by – Italpinas, Arthaland, The Net Group, Aseana and KMC MAG. The group shared their insights on how they can help the council and how the Council can assist them in promoting green building in other parts of the country.

IX. 1st PHILGBC AWARDS ON LEADERSHIP IN GREEN BUILDING

The PHILGBC awards are designed to showcase and celebrate the achievements of movers in the building and construction industry in the country, and to highlight their green building leadership both locally and internationally. The goal of the PHILGBC Awards is not only to recognize the significant contribution of member companies in Green Building and Sustainability but also to inspire the local real estate industry that projects can be successful and profitable in both an economic and environmental sense. The local winners were the official nominees of the PHILGBC to the 2nd World Green Building Council-Asia Pacific Network’s (WorldGBC-APN) Leadership in Green Building Awards.

Winner for the Business Leadership in Sustainability is: Arthaland Corporation Winners: Commercial building – Zuellig Building by Bridgebury Realty Corporation Residential building – Primavera Residences by Italpinas Euroasian Design and Development Corporation.

X. BUILDING GREEN

As part of the council’s mandate to promote and educate the public on the latest information and technologies on green building, they conducted two Building Green (BG) events. The BG events are designed to share current trends in sustainability, showcase green technologies and to encourage the different sectors of the building industry to be part of the campaign.

The Building Green Product Spotlight held last July focused on available solutions from PHILGBC’s Sustaining Members that may help in designing, constructing, and operating green. The event allowed PHILGBC to feature its members in the Manufacturers and Suppliers sector group and shared their insights in promoting sustainability through the latest in green technologies and services in the market with the council’s members and the public.

The Building Green Conference which was held as part of the celebration of the World Green Building Week last September brought together over 130 fellow green builders from the academe, civil society, government, business professionals, and other stakeholders of the building and construction industry. The conference discussed about sustainability initiatives, government actions, the present issues and trends on green building, and international perspectives and insights on the current and future landscape of the green building industry.

The PHILGBC entered into a new partnership that would create a research study on green building in the country. The council signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Leechiu Property Consultants, Inc. and Aviso Valuation Services and Advisory to develop a green building study. The study will focus on a green building market development research to assess the current status of the uptake of green building in the industry. Proposed sections of the study include: Green Building Investment Outlook, Value of Green Buildings, and Green Building Health and Wellness Outcomes. PHILGBC will lead the effort in engaging its members and industry partners to participate in the project.

XI. GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND ELECTION

PHILGBC also held the annual General Membership Meeting where the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the Board each presented their reports regarding the council’s progress for 2016. During the meeting the council recognized its Silver Sustaining Corporate Members: Autodesk Pty. Ltd, Nitto Denko Philippines Corporation, and Stellar Equipment and Machinery.

The Annual Election was held wherein a new set of Board members were elected for the calendar year 2017-2018. The newly elected members of the Board are as follows:

  •     Mr. Ramon Rufino reelected for Property Developers, Owners, and Brokers;
  •     Mr. Jeroen Van Straten newly elected for Manufacturers and Suppliers; and
  •     Mr. Francisco Arellano for Contractors and Specialty Trade Contractors

Planning and Designing Green Buildings

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — 29 June 2015 — Ecotektonika, Inc., founding member of the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), shared their expertise during the Information Session on Green Building and Sustainable Consumption on 26 June 2015 in the city government of Quezon City attended by government officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), city government of QC, developers, contractors and suppliers.

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