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.

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.

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