The World Green Building Week from 25 September to 1 October 2017 is an annual event that empowers the green building community to deliver green buildings for everyone, everywhere.
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.
To further guide the Mandaue in implementing the green building ordinance, PHILGBC developed the following programs and deliverables:
- Green Building Training Modules – developed to guide the organizers in conducting green building training for Mandaue.
- Green Building Trainings – conducted for the internal and external stakeholders of the city to learn the background on sustainability, the contribution of buildings in the overall sustainability and low carbon agenda, development of green buildings, and the BERDE Green Building Rating System.
- Green Building Toolkit – a collection of processes, procedures, forms and templates to support the effective implementation of the Green Building Ordinance of Mandaue City. The toolkit will serve as a guide for the private sector in developing green buildings, and supporting the regulations under the Green Building Ordinance.
- Seminar Workshop on the Green Building Ordinance IRR – served as a venue to present to the stakeholders the salient features of the Green Building Ordinance and the finalized IRR for the policy for an effective implementation of the Green Building Ordinance.
- Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Green Building Ordinance – a collection of policies, processes, and procedures related to the issuance of permits and incentives for green buildings in Mandaue.
PHILGBC ensured that the recommendations for the IRR was forwarded to Mandaue for their review. It was officially approved by the Mayor Jonas Cortes through the Executive Order No. 17 Series of 2016 “An Order Adopting the Implementing Rules and Regulations for Ordinance No. 13-2015-1047 also known as the Green Building Code of 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.
Aside from the green building ordinance, Mandaue is also promoting and practicing the “Takakura Home Method of Composting”. This method makes organic fertilizer by fermenting mixtures of biodegradable waste and fermenting them to decompose in just one (1) to two (2) days without giving off unpleasant odors.
With the sustainable practices in the city, the residents can guarantee that Mandaue will remain as a livable developing city.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.