Philippine : Green building development on the rise

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According to Ramon Rufino, chairman of the Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC), the Philippines will see more green buildings certified by the Building Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) as the organization tries to improve the evaluation process of the BERDE rating system.

Net Lima Building in Bonifacio Global City was the first BERDE-certified building with a 4 star rating on a 5-star system (the highest level) back in 2014. Now, four other developments are in progress to be certified after completion.

Rufino also added that there has been an increasing number of projects registered for the BERDE certification despite slow process with an additional 30 projects under registration for the certification, proving that green buildings are indeed trending in the Philippines.

With the improvement, PhilGBC expects to  have around 20 to 30 BERDE-certified buildings per year.

The processing time for the certification is the main challenge for PhilGBC. Improving the system has become the organization’s main priority. The certification covers all types of developments from residential, retail, to office buildings, with office and residential being the majority of buildings cerified by the system. Most of the building developments are in Metro Manila, with a few in Cebu and Davao.

Rosario Carbonell, KMC Mag Group Associate Director for Office Leasing, added that the green building trend will likely be in office buildings this year.

Green construction developments will definitely become a standard for all the city’s developer in the near future with grow rate increasing in Metro Manila and gradually spread throughout tier 2 cities and municipalities in time, added Rufino.

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