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.

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

 

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.

Better Places for People

BETTER PLACES FOR PEOPLE

Expressions of Interest – 2017 Better Places for People Case Study Report

 

June 2017, Taguig City—The Philippine Green Building Council is one of the National Green Building Councils participating in the World Green Building Council’s global project—Better Places for People. Better Places for People aims to create a world wherein buildings are good for the environment, and support healthier, happier and more productive lives for those who occupy them.

Better Places for People is launching its 2017 Expressions of Interest for Case Studies for a new report on green and healthy buildings.

The 2016 Case Study report, “Building the Business Case: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Green offices,” was a success. The report featured several new case studies of buildings all around that world that have implemented the metrics framework outlined in the World Green Building Council’s 2014 report, “Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The next chapter for green building”. The 2016 Case Study Report also included research by four Green Building Councils on their markets and the buildings in their countries which have been using health and wellbeing as a tool to attract tenants and support occupants.

Opportunity for your Green & Healthy Building to be Showcased. A follow-up report is to be published this year and will be open to reporting all other building-occupancy types, not just offices. We encourage you to submit your case study and have the potential to be part of the 15 buildings globally that will be showcased by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) in the report.

What are green and healthy buildings? Green and Healthy Buildings are developments that are environmentally-responsible, resource-efficient, and improves the health, wellbeing, and productivity of people occupying them.

What buildings qualify for the Case Study Report? All building occupancy types may be considered for the case study report—residential, retail, office, mixed-use developments, and open-spaces, among others.

When is the deadline? The Expression of Interest to develop a case study will close on 4 July 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

To have your project considered for the 2017 Better Places for People Case Study Report, kindly accomplish an online form on your Expression of Interest (EOI), accessible at this link. Your submission constitutes an intention to develop a full case study with WorldGBC for publication in the final Case Study report (and potentially other avenues) provided your case study is accepted.

For more information on the guidelines for submission and developing the case study, please refer to the attached document (General Information on the Case Study Report and guidelines for submission of documents to be considered for the Case Study Report).

More information about the World Green Building Council’s Better Places for People global project is available at http://www.worldgbc.org/better-places-people.

For any questions, you may contact Mr. Colin Powell, Project Manager for Better Places for People at cpowell@worldgbc.org cc: secretariat@philgbc.org.