Green Leaders at the Building Green CEO Forum

Makati City, Philippines – 20 November 2017 – A forum with senior management-level representatives and leaders from industry and government, dubbed as the Building Green CEO Forum held at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La Hotel at Makati City, provided for a meaningful discussion on programs, initiatives and various concerns impacting the advancement of sustainability and green buildings in the property industry.

His Excellency, Ambassador Franz Jessen, delivered the keynote speech to the participants of the event. In his speech, Amb. Jessen wished the delegates to a fruitful discussion during the CEO Forum. He reiterated that “greening our buildings starts providing opportunities not only to cost effectively reduce carbon emissions while enhancing efficiency but also to reduce our use of extracted materials”.  Ambassador Franz Jessen also mentioned that “EU has donated 60 Million Euros for supporting the Philippine Government to achieve its household electrification target and to improve energy efficiency”. According to him, they believed that benchmarking can be a significant policy and program tool in promoting energy efficiency and reduction of emission in the building sector. He added that “EU remains committed to support the Philippines’ energy sector in efforts to accelerate inclusive economic growth and achieve development goals to address climate change through sustainable energy.”

Some of the topics discussed during the CEO Forum included current and future green building programs and activities from some of the National Green Building Councils within the World GBC-Asia Pacific Region, the Experience of developers, owners and policy-makers who have taken the leadership role in pushing forward green developments, and the supply and demand side of advancing green economies and the green building agenda for the country.

BERDE version 2.0 Launched at the National Conference on Collectively Shaping the NAMA for the Building Sector

UNVELING OF BERDE VERSION 2.0 (L-R): PHILGBC BERDE Committee Chairperson Rowena Ramos, Mr. Yew Meng Lim (WorldGBC-APN Partner), Ms. Yvonne So (Singapore Green Building Council), PHILGBC Chairman Raymond Rufino, Mr. Bk Sinha (Malaysia Green Building Confederation), PHILGBC National Convention Chairperson Emma Topacio, Saint-Gobain’s Vice President for Asia Pacific, Mr. Nicholas Nie, Mr. Justin Sun (Taiwan Green Building Council), Mr. Sampath Kumar Kabothu (Indian Green Building Council), and Vaishnavi Paturu (Indian Green Building Council).

 

Manila, Philippines – 21 November 2017

Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) officially launched BERDE Version 2.0.0. during the National Conference on “Collectively Shaping our NAMA for the Building Sector,” a conference co-presented by the PHILGBC with the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission supporting market transformation held during the Climate Change Consciousness Week 2017.

The launch was led by Ms. Rowena Ramos, Chairperson of the PHILGBC BERDE committee, who presented on the features of BERDE version 2.0.0.  The launch was witnessed by members and guests from government and industry during the national conference, and leaders from the World Green Building Council’s Asia-Pacific Regional Network (WorldGBC-APN).

BERDE version 2.0’s framework considers 9-core areas namely:

  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation,
  • Water Efficiency and Conservation,
  • Waste Management,
  • Use of Land and Ecology,
  • Management,
  • Green Materials,
  • Transportation,
  • Indoor Environment Quality, and,
  • Emissions.

Electives will be introduced in the new version of BERDE to provide credits for areas that may provide wider sustainability benefits which may not necessarily be part of the core framework.  Credits under this library of electives is currently being developed and will be released to the public soon.  Examples of credits under this library may include:  Innovations, Heritage Promotion, Heritage Protection, and other socio-economic credits.

BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes (BERDE GBRS) under BERDE Version 2.0.0 that have been officially released during the conference are BERDE GBRS – New Construction (BERDE-NC), and BERDE GBRS – Operations (BERDE-OP)BERDE GBRS – Renovations (BERDE-RN) is currently being finalized and will be released to the public soon.

The official website for BERDE, http://berdeonline.org, was also newly improved, along with the release of the new version of BERDE.  The new release of the site is designed to improve usability and public access, with improved functionality.  This will provide for clean and intuitive design that is responsive and is accessible in various devices including desktop, tablet, and mobile phones.  The site will also include a website to print function, where users may print copies of the rating system straight from the website and will be printed with the same layout as the book copy of the green building rating system.  Search functionality of the site have also been enhanced for an improved experience in navigating through the green building rating system.  Changes in the current version of the BERDE GBRS will be updated faster using the addenda tab in the site.  This will eliminate confusion on what is the latest information on BERDE.

“Buildings are complex structures.  They may look the same across from New York to Manila, and the rest of the world, but what goes on inside them while they are being constructed, planned, completed and operated, can be as the same in Thailand.  Same but different.  The business culture of each country, the materials they use, politics and the policies, incentives from the lobby of knowledgeable groups like the Philippine Green Building Council, the type energy and the manner by which it is generated and used, and the transport to get there, can be so much be different from country to country.  In short, building rating system is really like the DNA or thumbprint of any country.  I will argue very strongly, a direct example of what’s happening, its evolving, its alive.  It needs to be changed. It needs to be looked at as things change, and the only constant thing in life as we all know is change. A local rating system, in my opinion, is the best rating system for that particular country.  In behalf of the chair of the World Green Building Council, Mr. Tai Lee Siang, on behalf of the chair of the Asia Pacific [Regional] Network, Mr. S. Raghupathy, and on behalf of the regional manager for Asia Pacific [Regional] Network, [Ms.] Joelle Chen, I congratulate the Philippine Green Building Council for BERDE [Version] 2.0.0,” said Mr. BK Sinha, Vice Chairman of the WorldGBC-APN, and Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Green Building Confederation.

BERDE (or Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence) is the National Voluntary Green Building Rating System recognized by the government through the Department of Energy’s Philippine Energy Efficiency Project – Efficient Building Initiative.

“Admirable is that the BERDE rating system is increasingly being used by both the private and public sectors as a recognizable branding tool to easily identify buildings that meet environmental standards,” said Secretary Alfonso Cusi of the Department of Energy (DOE) in his message of support for the PHILGBC National Convention.

“The DOE is very proud to have the PHILGBC as our partner in promoting green technology and sustainable development,” remarked Sec. Cusi in his message.

Currently, there are 36 BERDE-registered projects representing a total gross floor area of 1,129,490 square meters.  Companies that trust BERDE for their building projects include:  Maynilad Water Services, Mañosa Properties, Arthaland Corporation, First Balfour, HT Land Corporation, Ayala Land Inc., Filinvest Land Inc., Laguna Lake Development Authority, The Net Group, De La Salle University, Monocrete Construction Philippines, Aseana Holdings, Keyland Corporation, Filinvest Alabang Inc., Cebu Land Masters, Prescon, and RSP Lim Construction Company.

Collectively Shaping Our NAMA for the Building Sector

 

Pasay City, Philippines – 21 November 2017 – The Climate Change Commission and the Philippine Green Building Council and the National Housing Authority are working together on the country’s NAMA for the Building Sector. The National Conference on “Collectively Shaping our NAMA for the Building Sector” held on November 21, 2017 at the Luzon Ballroom of Sofitel Philippine Plaza at Pasay City is one of the events to facilitate discussion and disseminate information on the NAMA for the Building Sector.

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are a set of policies and actions that countries undertake as part of commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. PHILGBC is one of the partners of the Philippine government in the development of the NAMA for the Building sector.

The national conference provided for a venue for knowledge exchange on best practices from the public and private sector. Highlights of the Conference included: (1) Discussion on the NAMA for the Building Sector; (2) Green Financing; (3) Green Tools and Technologies; (4) Green Professionals; (5) Best Practices on Green Building from the WGBC Asia Pacific Network; (6) Latest trends in green developments, and (7) Launch of the BERDE Green Building Rating System version 2.0.

“Do our discussions seriously, about NAMA, about how we manage climate change, how we improve and green our environment, but most importantly today, I hope you don’t stop there. I hope you just don’t do the business as usual, now as in the green business as usual, but start something new! Begin something new and go for higher goals, higher aspiration,” said World Green Building Council Chairman, Mr. Tai Lee Siang.

“Today, as we work on the NAMA and as we work with all of you, we are now translating most of these efforts and awareness into concrete actions, which is really very exciting for our country,” remarked Mr. Ramon Rufino, Chairman of the Philippine Green Building Council.

The National Conference on “Collectively Shaping our NAMA for the Building Sector” is co-presented by the Philippine Green Building Council and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the United Nations Environment. This was held as part of the country’s observance of Climate Change Consciousness Week.

“The TODAY that we have is the outcome of our past act, and our TODAY’s act will shape our future,” said Mr. Mizaharul Alam, Climate Change Regional Director from the United Nations Environment.

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.

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.