PHILGBC Members Elects New Representatives to the PHILGBC Board of Trustees

[L-R, front] BOT Members Richard Uy, Regional Business Development Manager of Delta Dore, Inc. and Rowena Ramos, Principal Architect of Ecotektonika, Inc., PHILGBC Chairman Raymond Rufino, Co-President of The Net Group, BOT Members Anna Maria Gonzales, Sustainability and Planning Manager of Ayala Land Inc. [L-R, back] BOT Members Jeroen Van Straten, COO of Air and Odor Management Philippines, Inc., Christophe Vicic, Country Head of Jones Lang Lasalle (Philippines) Inc., Emma Topacio, Buildings End Segment Head – Marketing of Republic Cement Services, Audrey Belle Po, Director and Marketing Manager of World Home Depot, Architect Gabriel Ma. Angelo Cascante, PHILGBC Executive Director Anna Tungol, and PHILGBC CEO Christopher de la Cruz. (Not in picture: Jennifer Aesquivel, Design Coordinates, Inc., Francisco Arellano, Maynilad Water Services Inc., and Architect Joselito Luna)

Makati City, Philippines – 19 December 2017 – Building industry stakeholders gathered during the Annual General Membership Meeting of the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) to elect new representatives to the PHILGBC Board of Trustees. Stakeholders from five (5) PHILGBC member group are represented in the PHILGBC Board of Trustees.  The member groups are:

  • Property Owners, Developers and Brokers,
  • Building Professionals and Service Providers,
  • Contractors and Specialty Trade Contractors,
  • Manufacturers and Suppliers, and
  • Individuals, Civil Society and Academe.

The multi-sectoral constitution of the PHILGBC Board of Trustees ensures that all stakeholders in the building and property industry are fully represented and plays active roles in advancing programs that will drive market transformation from grey to green,” remarked Christopher de la Cruz, Chief Executive Officer of the PHILGBC. 

Elected representatives to the PHILGBC Board of Trustees are the following:

  • Christophe Vicic, Country Head, Jones Lang Lasalle (Philippines), Inc. (for the Property Owners, Developers, and Brokers group)
  • Rowena Ramos, Principal Architect, Ecotektonika, Inc. (for the Building Professionals and Service Providers group)
  • Audrey Belle Po, Director and Marketing Manager, World Home Depot Corporation (for the Manufacturers and Suppliers group)
  • Richard Uy, Regional Business Development Manager, Delta Dore Inc. (for the Contractors and Specialty Trade Contractors group)

The four newly elected members of the Board of Trustees will join the ranks of green building leaders representing various building industry stakeholder groups in PHILGBC Board of Trustees.

 

 

PHOTOS FROM THE ANNUAL GMM, ELECTIONS AND CHRISTMAS PARTY

PHILGBC Christmas Gathering 2017

PHILGBC invites members, colleagues and partners in celebrating Christmas.  A simple Christmas gathering is happening on December 19, 2017 at Mayuree II at Dusit Thani Manila at Makati City from 11:00am to 2:00pm, coinciding with the PHILGBC Annual General Membership Meeting and Elections for the Board of Trustees.  

Members contribution of Php 2,500 will be collected per participant.

Kindly email us at membership@philgbc.org or contact us at the PHILGBC National Secretariat through telephone numbers: (02) 815-9301 for attendance confirmation.

If your company/organization is interested at sharing some giveaways or raffle items, kindly coordinate with the National Secretariat at (02) 815-9301 and look for Mr. Chester de la Cruz or Ms. Anna Tungol.

Discovering Green Buildings in Metro Manila

PHILGBC Chairman and Co-President of The Net Group, Mr. Raymond Rufino shares about the green features of The Net Park building at the Bonifacio Global City at Taguig to participants of the tour.

 

Manila, Philippines – 20 November 2017 – A tour of Metro Manila green buildings is one of the featured events at the PHILGBC National Convention held on November 20, 2017.  The tour offered participants an opportunity to see the various features of BERDE buildings and other green buildings in Metro Manila. The experience allowed attendees to learn from the experience of project owners/developers as they build their green building developments.

Buildings visited during the tour are:

  1. Net Park at Bonifacio Global City – developed by The NET Group and is currently registered for certification under the BERDE Green Building Rating System and is aimed at achieving 5-star BERDE-rating;
  2. Arya Residences at Bonifacio Global City – developed by Arthaland Corporation and is registered for certification under the BERDE Green Building Rating System;
  3. The Zuellig Building – developed by Bridgebury Realty Corporation and is a LEED-certified green building with a Platinum-rating; and,
  4. The Laguna Lake Development Authority Building – the first Philippine government building to be certified under the BERDE Green Building Rating System. The LLDA building rated 3-stars under BERDE.

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.

Celebrating a Decade of Market Transformation

Makati City, Philippines – 17 November 2017 – Philippine Green Building Council members, guests and partners from industry and government came together at the Isabela Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La hotel to celebrate PHILGBC’s 10 years of market transformation.

Members, organizations and partners that have been significant in the advancement of green buildings in the country in the past 10 years were recognized during the event.

The gala event was a venue for a meaningful exchange of ideas and learnings, and have been a great opportunity for business networking and fostering relationships for the advancement of greener buildings and green business agendas. 

“I think this is the spirit of the Philippines, you have such a power, you have such an inert spirit that cannot be extinguished.  And I think this is really happening in the green building council.  From 7 people to what we have tonight, I think it is fantastic achievement.  Let me congratulate you and let me wish you to continue to do more good work and be one of the shining light in the Asia Pacific and maybe in the world,” remarked Mr. Tai Lee Siang, World Green Building Council Chairman during the anniversary gala of the PHILGBC.

PHILGBC hosts World Green Building Council – Asia Pacific Network Meeting

Manila, Philippines – 17-18 November 2017 – Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) hosted for the 1st time the meeting of Leaders from National Green Building Councils in the Asia Pacific regional network of the World Green Building Council (WGBC), held at the Makati Shangri-La hotel, Makati City (Day 1) and at the De La Salle University-Rufino Campus at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.   PHILGBC is an Established Member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC), a union of National Green Building Councils (GBCs) from around the world.  It is the largest international organization influencing the green building marketplace representing more than 70 national GBCs.

The WGBC-Asia Pacific regional network is a powerful and collaborative platform where Green Building Councils (GBCs) in the Asia Pacific region exchange knowledge, ideas, and solutions to green transformation of markets in the region.

National Green Building Councils represented during the meeting in Manila include:  Green Building Council-Australia, Green Building Council-Indonesia, Malaysian Green Building Confederation, Taiwan Green Building Council, Singapore Green Building Council, Indian Green Building Council, and the Philippine Green Building Council.

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.

Green Building Leaders Gather at the 2017 PHILGBC National Convention

Manila, Philippines – 17-21 November 2017 – Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) hosted the biggest gathering of green building leaders in industry at the 2017 PHILGBC National Convention.  The convention showcased the convergence of leaders from the Philippines’ building and construction industry, and leaders from National Green Building Councils in the Asia Pacific region to a series of events fostering exchange of knowledge and expertise, a showcase of best practices in sustainable development, and discussions on issues and developments in greening the building industry.

The convention provided an avenue for industry discussion on latest on the BERDE Green Building Rating System and other relevant tools in greening.  It served as a significant avenue for meaningful dialogues between colleagues in industry and partners in the public and private sector.  Programs and initiatives that promotes building better and healthier places for people have been discussed in various events during the convention.

Mr. Tai Lee Siang, Chairman of the World Green Building Council, together with leaders from National GBC’s in the Asia Pacific region joins PHILGBC as it celebrates its 10th year of Market Transformation, and hosts the PHILGBC National Convention.

“Today, I’d like to offer that not only are we trying to improve the consciousness about climate change, we are engaged in concrete actions that will address Climate Change” –PHILGBC Chairman, Mr. Ramon Rufino.

The series of events that happened during the PHILGBC National Convention were the Meeting of Leaders from the World Green Building Council-Asia Pacific Network, PHILGBC 10-year Anniversary Gala, Building Green CEO Forum, Green Building Tour, and the National Conference on “Collectively Shaping Our NAMA for the Building Sector.”

Supporting the PHILGBC National Convention are the following:

  • The Net GroupNational Convention – Titanium Partner
  • Saint GobainNational Convention – Diamond Partner
  • Climate Change Commission, NAMA Conference Co-Presentor

Supporting the different events during the National Convention are the following:

  • United Nations Environment, and the EU-ASEP
  • International Elevator and Equipment Inc, PHILGBC 10-Year Anniversary Gala Sponsor
  • Bridgebury Realty Corporation, PHILGBC 10-Year Anniversary Gala Sponsor
  • Daikin Airconditioning Philippines Inc., Building Green CEO Forum Sponsor
  • Datem Incorporated, Green Building Tour Sponsor
  • Republic Cement Services, Confererence Partner
  • Integrated Environmental Solutions, Conference Partner
  • Maynilad Water Services, Stellar Equipment and Machinery, Natures Legacy Eximport, Megawide Construction Corporation, Ecotektonika, World Home Depot, and Philippine Resins Industries Inc (Supporting Companies)

 

 

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