Building Green Conference 2017

Building Green Conference is an annual event providing the platform for industry discussion on green building and sustainability initiatives, government actions, the emerging issues, and green building challenges.

For 10 years now, Building Green Conference continues to be the premier conference and the best resource on the latest trends and emerging issues on green building and standardization in the Philippines. Witness a full day of advanced-level sessions on green building practices and local labelling schemes.

 

Take part in informative sessions with speakers covering topics such as: current renewable energy policies, disaster risk reduction, updates on NAMA, different labelling programs in the Philippines, and latest green technology.

With the theme, “A Decade of Transforming the Market”, the Building Green 2017 (BG2017) conference happening on November 21, 2017 brings fellow green builders from the academe, civil society, government, business, professionals, and other stakeholders of the building and construction industry to share how green building has been playing a key role in their companies and our building industry for 10 years now.

Mark your calendars! See you on November 21, 2017 at the BG2017!

For information on how to participate or to sponsor, contact the PHILGBC National Secretariat at 815-9301 or email membership@philgbc.org.

PHILGBC National Convention

This November, the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) is hosting the largest gathering of green building leaders at the 2017 PHILGBC National Convention.

The National Convention will showcase the convergence of leaders from the Philippines’ building and construction industry and from National Green Building Councils in the Asia Pacific region to a series of green building events that fosters exchange of knowledge and expertise, and best practices in green building.  The latest features of BERDE 2.0 will be presented and other relevant tools in green building.  Meaningful and productive dialogue among green building colleagues in the public and private sector will be promoted and relevant programs and initiatives that promotes building better and healthier places for people will be highlighted.

This year, the Philippines shall serve as the host for the World Green Building Council-Asia Pacific Regional Network Meeting.  Representatives from National GBCs shall gather at various venues during the convention to meet, discuss, and strategize to address the rapid promotion and uptake of green building in the Asia Pacific region.  In addition, as PHILGBC celebrates its 10th year, there will be an Anniversary Gala with members, partners from both the private and public sector and various stakeholders of the building and construction industry.

Several building green events are also happening during the convention, these includes:

Green Building Tour,

CEO Breakfast Forum, and,

Building Green Conference 2017

Mark your calendars! Take part in the largest gathering of green building leaders at the PHILGBC National Convention on 17 to 21 November, 2017.

For information on how to participate or to sponsor, contact the PHILGBC National Secretariat at 815-9301 or email secretariat@philgbc.org and events@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.

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.

LPG Philippines Forum 2017

27-28 APRIL 2017, TAGUIG CITY –  The Philippine Green Building Council this year’s Light Petroleum Gas Summit organized by AllEventsGroup held in SMX Convention Center, SM Aura. LPG Summit is a regional platform the brought together stakeholders from the government, LPG plants, LPG distribution companies, technology providers and investors to discuss policy directions on LPG.

The two-day summit consisted of talks and seminars that focused on the developments of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) on different sectors in the Philippines. The second day consisted of Focus Group discussions in the building sector, transportation sector and environmental sector.

In his welcome remark, Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary Gerardo D. Erguiza, Jr.  shared that the department is implementing projects that promotes LPG products and is working on passing an LPG Bill.

DOE Director Melita V. Obillo discussed the upcoming developments for the LPG industry in the Philippines, highlighting the stable increase in the demand for LPG every year.

Among the topics discussed during the summit include: the global developments and trends in LPG; the use of LPG in public transportation in the Philippines, and tax reforms and other incentives to help the cooperatives and other transport fleets in the development of the modernization of public utility vehicles.

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 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.