World Green Building Council Chairman to deliver a Keynote Speech at the NAMA Conference

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 conference:  “Collectively Shaping our NAMA for the Building Sector,” happening on November 21, 2017 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, is one of the events to disseminate information on the NAMA and provide a venue for knowledge exchange on best practices from the public and private sector.

Highlights of the Conference include:

  1. Discussion on the NAMA for the Building Sector;

  2. Information-sharing on Green Financing;

  3. Knowledge-sharing on Green Tools, Technologies & Green Professionals;

  4. Discussion on the Latest trends in green developments, and

  5. Launch of the BERDE Green Building Rating System version 2.0.

World Green Building Chairman, Mr. Tai Lee Siang, joins this year’s building and construction industry conference and will deliver a keynote speech.

Leadership from National Green Building Councils in the Asia Pacific region will also be sharing on best practices, programs and initiatives on sustainability and green building in the region.

This conference is co-presented by the Climate Change Commission, and is held in observance of the Climate Change Consciousness Week.

The NAMA conference is one of the highlights of this year’s PHILGBC National Convention running from November 17-21, 2017.  More information and registration details is available at http://nationalconvention.philgbc.org

 

EU Ambassador to Speak at the Building Green CEO Forum 2017

Building Green CEO Forum is gathering of senior management-level representatives from PHILGBC Corporate Members and leaders from government and industry for a discussion on various industry updates, exchange of ideas and best practices, and formulation of programs for the uptake of green buildings and sustainability in the Philippines.

This year, EU Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Amb. Franz Jessen will deliver a keynote speech during the Forum.

Leaders from National Green Building Councils in the Asia Pacific Region will discuss topics on green building best practices and initiatives in the region.  Be inspired by the developers, owners and policy-makers who have taken the leadership role in pushing forward green developments in the country, and learn how manufacturers and suppliers and contractors are supporting the development of green buildings.

Building Green CEO Forum happens on November 20, 2017 at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La hotel.  REGISTER NOW by contacting the PHILGBC National Convention Secretariat at 815-9301 or email events.philgbc.org.

Building Green CEO Forum is one of the highlights of this year’s PHILGBC National Convention running from November 17-21, 2017.  More information and registration details is available at http://nationalconvention.philgbc.org

Special Membership Meeting

In celebration of World Green Building Week, PHILGBC invites green builders and industry leaders to join the Special Membership Meeting happening on September 27, 2017 at the Dusit Thani Manila from 7:30am to 11:00am.

The special membership meeting is geared at:

* Providing updates on the upcoming release of BERDE version 2.0 and other updates on PHILGBC programs and initiatives,

* Sharing information on the latest green building products, technologies and services in the market,

* Creating awareness on green building best practices and provide learning opportunities for its members,

* Engaging its members and industry leaders for business networking and collaboration.

Save the Date and confirm your attendance for the Special Membership Meeting happening on 27 September 2017.  Contact the PHILGBC National Secretariat at 815-9301 or email membership@philgbc.org.

World Green Building Week

PHILGBC, together with more than 70 National Green Building Councils globally celebrates World Green Building Week on September 25 to October 1, 2017.

World Green Building Week is the flagship event of the global green building movement – organized by the World Green Building Council and led by its network of over 70 Green Building Councils together with their members of more than 32,000 companies.

 

The week raises awareness of green buildings around the world, highlighting how green buildings are the most effective means to achieving a range of environmental, social and economic goals, from addressing climate change to creating sustainable, healthier and better places for people.

Mark your calendars and take part in green building events happening at World Green Building Week.

Kalikasan GP3 Expo-Conference 2017

What does it take to be green in the construction & built industry? PHILGBC partners with the Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. to bring you updates on initiatives from government and the private sector in upkeeping Sustainability in built industry, and responding to the challenges of climate change.

Join us on September 20, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City for this year’s Sustainable Construction & Green Building Conference.

Among topics covered during the conference include:

  • The Philippine Green Building Code,
  • Improvement of Sustainability Standards and Practices in Green Building,
  • Building Efficiency Accelerator for Sustainable Energy,
  • and Green Procurement, among others.

Download the conference agenda through this link.  Conference Registration fee is Php 5,000; Php 1,500 (PHILGBC Members).

Contact the KGP3 Secretariat to register at +63.2 631-2151 or email kgp3secretariat@gmail.com (please cc: secretariat@philgbc.org).

Mandaue – Building a Better City for its People

Better Places for People is a World Green Building Council global project which aims to create a world in which buildings are not only good for the environment, but also support healthier, happier and productive lives for those who occupy them.

With the commitment of educating the public on green building trends, and building sustainable cities and communities, the Philippine Green Building Council has been conducting green building programs for the private and public sector involving technology transfer, knowledge sharing and capacity building.

As a frontrunner and source of green building knowledge in the Philippines, the PHILGBC partnered and closely coordinated with the City Government of Mandaue (Mandaue) and USAID Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability Project (B-LEADERS) to successfully conduct the Capacity Building Program for the Implementation of the Green Building Ordinance of Mandaue in 2015.

Mandaue has developed strategic and effective policies to ensure its sustainable economic growth. With the continuous growth of the city comes environmental issues brought about by urbanization which will eventually hamper economic and social activities. The city government has identified green building as one of the solutions for the environmental challenges Mandaue is facing.

With the assistance of PHILGBC, Mandaue was able established strategies that address the concern for its sustainable development such as the development of a Green Building Program, and the adoption of the BERDE Green Building Rating System to measure the environmental performance of projects in the city. In addition, PHILGBC developed the following programs such as the Green Building Training, Green Building Training Modules, Green Building Toolkit, and Workshop on the Green Building Ordinace IRR to instill and encourage the development of green buildings in the city, which will contribute to environment, economic, and social advantages for Mandaue.

Mandaue believes that through its collaborative effort with PHILGBC, having a green and sustainable environment for the future generation is possible. With the adaptation ordinance, the new buildings that will be built will follow the principles of green building.

PHILGBC will continue to support the Better Places for People program to encourage other LGUs in the Philippines support the development of healthier, happier, and productive buildings, communities and cities.

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.

Weather and Tropical Cyclone 101 Training Session

11 MAY 2017, PASAY CITY –The Philippine Green Building Council attended the training session on Weather 101 and Tropical Cyclone 101, organized by the ARISE Philippines and conducted by one its members, the Weather Philippines Foundation (WPF).

The training session was conducted to inform, educate, and promote the basic knowledge about weather related event that organization may consider for their disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption initiatives.

Engr. Dave Valeriano, General Manager of WPF, shared that the information were collected through the help of 130 companies in 430 provinces and trainings were conducted to disseminated them. The gathered information is used in cloud seeding, flight management, and other useful and productive activities.

Mr. David Michael Padua, a senior typhoon specialist of WFP, discussed discussed the different climate patterns in the Philippines.

The training ended with a discussion of how weather information is being gathered. By the use of Project Noah’s hazard maps, it becomes possible to predict the areas that can be affected by flood.

Featured Member: Air and Odor Management, Inc.

Air and Odor Management (AOM) is a fully integrated air solutions company that promotes and encompasses all aspects of clean air living.

At AOM, their philosophy is, “A great life begins with clean air. Let us help care for the air you breathe.”

From Indoor Air Quality assessment, odor neutralizing solutions, kitchen exhaust air purification systems, industrial air cleaners and dehumidifiers, mold remediation and ambient scenting.

They believe the benefits of clean and healthy air not only enhances quality of life, but increases work productivity when offices and commercial buildings are free of harmful air pollutants and foul odors.

Client list includes hotels, BPO’s, schools, hospitals, malls, restaurants, factories, residential and office towers, casinos and industrial facilities.