Philippines: agency to build first green government building

The Laguna Lake Development Authority has broken ground for the government’s first certified green building at the National Ecology Center on East Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City.

“Being a government agency whose function is to lead, promote, and accelerate sustainable development, specifically in the Laguna de Bay Region, LLDA is now leading by example to be at the forefront of the green building revolution,” said Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection Nereus Acosta, concurrent general manager of the LLDA.

“By having this project as a showcase that highlights the beauty and value of green building raises awareness, inspires the broader implementation of sustainable building practices and encourages the private sector to build green,” he added.

The building will be certified by the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE), which is the developing green building standard in the Philippines, similar to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) of the US Green Building Council and the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) of the United Kingdom.

The building, composed of a two four-storey wings, raised on stilts over a simulated “wetland” that will be utilized for on-site natural treatment of stormwater and for cooling the hot air breezes as well as providing water for the flushing of water closets and urinals.

The wetland will also serve as a small-scale representation of the ecological processes that occurs in the Laguna Lake for educational and viewing purposes.

Acosta said only 69 percent of the building will be air-conditioned and windows will be openable to allow natural ventilation and daylight that will reduce the building’s consumption of electricity throughout the day.

Acosta said the building’s features can reduce power usage by as much as 20 percent.

Located on a 3,021-square-meter lot at the NEC, the new LLDA headquarters and laboratory will have a floor area of around 5,600 square meters and will accommodate all the departments of LLDA including laboratories and the executive offices.

Aside from the office areas, several public spaces will be built including an exhibition hall, a library, conference rooms, multi-purpose areas and a cafeteria.

In addition, an on-site materials recovery facility will be built for proper waste management within the complex.

 

Source: Manila Standard Today

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