The World Green Building Week from 25 September to 1 October 2017 is an annual event that empowers the green building community to deliver green buildings for everyone, everywhere.
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.
To further guide the Mandaue in implementing the green building ordinance, PHILGBC developed the following programs and deliverables:
- Green Building Training Modules – developed to guide the organizers in conducting green building training for Mandaue.
- Green Building Trainings – conducted for the internal and external stakeholders of the city to learn the background on sustainability, the contribution of buildings in the overall sustainability and low carbon agenda, development of green buildings, and the BERDE Green Building Rating System.
- Green Building Toolkit – a collection of processes, procedures, forms and templates to support the effective implementation of the Green Building Ordinance of Mandaue City. The toolkit will serve as a guide for the private sector in developing green buildings, and supporting the regulations under the Green Building Ordinance.
- Seminar Workshop on the Green Building Ordinance IRR – served as a venue to present to the stakeholders the salient features of the Green Building Ordinance and the finalized IRR for the policy for an effective implementation of the Green Building Ordinance.
- Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Green Building Ordinance – a collection of policies, processes, and procedures related to the issuance of permits and incentives for green buildings in Mandaue.
PHILGBC ensured that the recommendations for the IRR was forwarded to Mandaue for their review. It was officially approved by the Mayor Jonas Cortes through the Executive Order No. 17 Series of 2016 “An Order Adopting the Implementing Rules and Regulations for Ordinance No. 13-2015-1047 also known as the Green Building Code of 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.
Aside from the green building ordinance, Mandaue is also promoting and practicing the “Takakura Home Method of Composting”. This method makes organic fertilizer by fermenting mixtures of biodegradable waste and fermenting them to decompose in just one (1) to two (2) days without giving off unpleasant odors.
With the sustainable practices in the city, the residents can guarantee that Mandaue will remain as a livable developing city.
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.