Philippines: BERDE soon to be national standard

The locally-developed Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) is seen to become the  building standard in the Philippines after getting adopted by another government agency.

BERDE of the Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC), however, recently won over the Department of Energy for its  standard on energy efficiency under the Philippine Energy Efficiency Program (PEEP), which is being funded by the Asian Development Bank.

Christopher dela Cruz, PhilGBC chairman, said the council expects the energy department to release the formal announcement soon.

This means every structure that DOE puts  up, it would use BERDE in its efforts  at contributing to the reduction of pollutant in the environment, BERDE will be its measuring stick.

Under the DOE’s PEEP, the goal is to implement energy efficiency initiatives in various sectors in the Philippines.  The DOE is working with the ADB to come up with a roadmap for energy efficient strategies that will supplement energy efficiency campaign and climate change mitigation efforts in the Philippines.

BERDE fills the gap in the guidelines for the efficient building initiative (EBI) subcomponent under the Efficiency Initiatives in Buildings and Industries component of PEEP. This will streamline existing green building rating initiatives in the building sector.

The DOE will be the second agency to adopt BERDE after the Department of Education which is now using it for as guidelines for “green” schools.

The standard   now officially covers classrooms and other educational institutions in its designs for green buildings which in the past only covered residential and office space developments — both new structrues and refurbishing old ones.

Among the first schools to adopt BERDE standards was Dela Salle University, for its Henry Sy Hall.

BERDE uses a star-rating system where the highest rating received is five-star.

BERDE takes note of a structure’s level of performance in terms of energy use efficiency, waste disposal, available open space, as well as disaster preparedness, among others.

BERDE is also piloted in several office buildings and residential buildings, particularly the Net Lima office building of the Net Group, and the Arya Residences of Arthaland Corp.

With the adoption of BERDE by the DOE, it is expected that it will be institutionalized as the standard in evaluating and rating green buildings in the Philippines. It is seen to level the playing field in an environment where different green building standards are available.

Among the other well-known green building standards are Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREAM) of the UK Green Building Council; the Hong Kong Building Environmental Assessment Method (BEAM) of the HK Beam Society; Comprehensive Assessment System for Building Environmental Efficiency (CASBEE) of Japan’s Sustainable Building Consortium; Green Star by the Green Building Council Australian; Green Mark by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority; SBTool by the International Initiative for Sustainable Built Environment; and Green Globes of the Green Globes which is implemented in Canda and US.

In the Philippines, several projects have adopted the LEED, notably the Zuellig Building of the Zuellig group along Makati avenue.

Dela Cruz said to further improve BERDE, they are currently working with Megaworld Corp. on a research on building “green communities.”

BERDE is also  working with the Bonifacio City Development Authority in putting up a standard for “green city.”

BERDE is likewise working with another developer for the creation of green standards for clustered residential.


Source: Malaya Business Insight

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