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.

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

World Green Building Week

PHILGBC, together with more than 70 National Green Building Councils globally celebrates World Green Building Week on September 25 to October 1, 2017.

World Green Building Week is the flagship event of the global green building movement – organized by the World Green Building Council and led by its network of over 70 Green Building Councils together with their members of more than 32,000 companies.

 

The week raises awareness of green buildings around the world, highlighting how green buildings are the most effective means to achieving a range of environmental, social and economic goals, from addressing climate change to creating sustainable, healthier and better places for people.

Mark your calendars and take part in green building events happening at World Green Building Week.

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.

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