Workshop and Study Group Highlight Waste Management and Water Efficiency

The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE), delivered the Workshop on Waste Management and Study Group on Water Efficiency on November 6, 2012 at the PHILGBC National Secretariat Office at the NET One Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. The two discussions are part of a series conducted by the PHILGBC under the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project - Efficient Building Initiative (PEEP) to gather comments, clarify issues, and solicit suggestions for improvement from affiliated professionals, members, and parties involved in the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) Program.

The Workshop on Waste Management was conducted from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and was participated in by representatives from the cities of Manila and Makati and the Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines (SWAPP). The first in a two-part workshop, the session included a presentation on Construction Waste Management by Ms. Lizette Cardenas, SWAPP Executive Director, and a presentation on the contents and issues raised for the Waste category of BERDE version 1.0.0 by Mr. Pablo Suarez, BERDE Standards Committee Chairman. The discussion centered on application of waste management plans, minimization of construction waste, and guidelines for Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs).

The Study Group on Water Efficiency was conducted from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and participants from Maynilad Water Services, Inc., GHD Pty. Ltd., Forssman Pacific Corporation, and Falcon Waterfree Philippines discussed effluent impact assessment, sewer line assessment, applicability of tariff systems for existing building wastewater management systems, and local laws and ordinances related to sewage treatment.

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