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

Green Urbanscape Asia 2017

Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) invites its members and fellow green building advocates for Green Urbanscape Asia 2017 on November 9-11, 2017 at the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre at Singapore.  Green Urbanscape Asia is held alongside the 4th International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC).

The 4th International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC) is held at Singapore EXPO on 9 & 10 November. Held alongside the conference, the exhibition will be open for visitors from 9 to 11 November.

TRADE CONFERENCE

Expecting to draw over 700 top level conference delegates, the 4th edition of the International Skyrise Greenery Conference will host 26 of the region’s key industry stakeholders to share their experiences on the Theme – Symbiosis: Intense Nature within Cities, featuring world-renowned speakers: 

Plenary Speakers:

  • SPECIAL ADDRESS – Ms. Pénelopé Komitès, Deputy Mayor in charge of Green Spaces, Nature & Biodiversity, The City of Paris
  • Dr. Hossein Rezai-Jorabi, Founder-Director, Web Structures, Singapore

First engineer to have won the President’s Design Award: Designer of the Year title: “His understanding of structural behavior and systems allows him to manipulate structural form and expression to create seamless harmony with the design intent of the architect,” – cited by the jury for the award.

  • Mr. Shoji Kaneko, Senior Urban Designer, Nikken Sekkei, Japan

Accorded the overall Concept Master Plan for their (with Tierra Design) Lines of Life Rail Corridor Proposal: “compelling vision” that captures a community-centred experience through “seamless connectivity” of the Rail Corridor and their “respect [of] and sensitivity to the area’s rich ecology and heritage,” – cited by the chairperson of the RFP evaluation panel.

  • Mr. Jonathan Woodroffe, Co-founding Partner, S333 Architecture + Urbanism, UK

Part of the appointed consultant team to develop the detailed master plan for Jurong Lake District to realise the vision for District of the Future. He will speak about landscape design and its key role in urban placemaking, with Jurong Lake District as a case study.

For more information please visit http://www.greenurbanscapeasia.com

 

Click here to register for the Trade Conference.

Click here to register for the Trade Exhibition only.

 

TECHNICAL TOUR

Register for the Technical Tour to explore world-leading skyrise greenery projects in Singapore. Engage in experiential learning via 2 routes of selections, either ‘Engaging with Nature’ or ‘Living in Nature’ (4 prominent skyrise greenery project per route).

TRADE EXHIBITION

GreenUrbanScape Asia 2017 provides a one-stop business platform for individuals and organisations in landscape and urban design; green and urban solutions; nursery and plants as well as construction and maintenance machinery and equipment to penetrate the dynamic marketplace in Asia. 

MARKETPLACE (NEW!)

There will be a dedicated Marketplace area that is open to public. Gardening enthusiasts can shop from over 50 stalls to their heart’s content for horticultural needs and lifestyle products.

 

PHILGBC is one of the Industry Partners for Green Urbanscape Asia 2017.

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.