Philippines : EMB Caraga implements green building concept


To minimize energy consumption in a building, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMG) in Caraga, Philippines, has made use of plants inside the building to lower the carbon footprint of the government sector.

According to Wilson L. Trajeco, EMB 13 Regional Director, plants play a significant role in a building’s system to regulate the interior climate. The plants transpire water vapor from their leaves and then pull air down to the roots’ microbes by supplying oxygen. Toxic chemicals present in the air can be converted into a source of food and energy by the plans as well

By adopting this system, the energy consumption decreased by 12% based on the 2014-2015 electricity consumption. The use of air-conditioning systems are also regulated as a supplement for energy conservation.


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