Philippines Rewards Industry for Complying with Nations Voluntary Green Rating System (BERDE)

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(MANILA, Philippines)– The Philippine Government, in partnership with Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) recently recognized government and industry leaders from all over the country who had participated in the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project-Efficient Building Initiative (PEEP-EBI). The PEEP-EBI Awarding Ceremony was held as part of the PHILGBC’s Building Green 2013 Conference at New World Hotel last June 26, 2013.

The Republic of the Philippines, through the DOE, initiated the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) to demonstrate the societal benefits of implementing energy efficiency programs in the residential, commercial and public sectors. The project is implemented with financial support from the Asia Development Bank (ADB).

The DOE officially endorses BERDE as the “National Voluntary Green Building Rating System”. The PHILGBC has implemented the BERDE Program in support of the DOE’s mandate to promoted energy efficiency in the Philippines.

During the Awarding Ceremonies of the PEEP-EBI, DOE Undersecretary Loreta G. Ayson expressed the government’s achievement of energy efficiency goals through green building.

“With the BERDE Green Building rating system in place, we now have the local counterpart for the Leadership in [Energy and Environment] design or LEED—the accepted benchmark in green building design in the United States of America. Really this green building rating system is a milestone in the domestic building sector because no green building standard existed here before. It is also very timely in the light of current construction boom in our country which is expected to last atleast a few more years and the global trend of energy efficient and environment-friendly building designs,” shared DOE Undersecretary Loreta G. Ayson, CESO I.

As part of the implementation of PEEP-EBI, Industry was invited by the DOE and PHILGBC to use BERDE in the development projects. Twelve (12) building projects were registered during the initial run of BERDE. These projects were officially recognized by both the DOE and PHILGBC for their commitment to contribute to the energy efficiency goals of the government.

The BERDE Green Building Rating System measures, verifies and monitors the performance of buildings above and beyond existing mandatory building and environmental regulations and standards. The development of the rating system is consensus driven and is achieve through a multi-stakeholder consultation and collaboration process. BERDE Assessment and Certification is credible, unbiased, balanced, and impartial. It is achieved through a third party certification process conforming to international standards.

In partnership with the DOE, the PHILGBC recently released additional BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes for various occupancy types and stages of development —BERDE for New Construction version 1.1.0, BERDE for Retrofits and Renovations version 1.1.0, and BERDE for Operations version 1.0.0—was developed in partnership with the DOE under PEEP-EBI.

Participating organizations include: The NET Group (Net Lima Building and Net Park at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig), De La Salle University (DLSU Centennial Hall at Taft Avenue, Manila), First Balfour, Inc. (First Balfour Corporate Office at Sucat, Parañaque), Federal Land, Inc. (Grand Hyatt Metro Center at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig), RSP Lim Construction (The Boni Tower at Plainview, Mandaluyong City), Mañosa Properties, Inc. (Ylang Lane Townhouses at New Manila, Quezon City), Arthaland Corporation (Arya Residences at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig), Laguna Lake Development Authority (Laguna Lake Development Authority Building at
Diliman, Quezon City), Felcris Hotels and Resorts Corporation (Felcris Central at Quimpo Blvd, Davao City), Filinvest Alabang, Inc. (their Residential development at Alabang, Muntinlupa City) , and Lucent Evermore Estate Development, Inc. (Paseo Verde at Real located at Pulang Lupa, Las Piñas City).

The Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) Program was established by the PHILGBC in 2007 to develop a nationally accepted and recognized voluntary green building rating system for the Philippines. The BERDE Green Building Rating System is developed under the BERDE Program through the time, effort and resources of the PHILGBC Membership.

 

About the PHILGBC
The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) is a national non-stock, non-profit organization that promotes the sharing of knowledge on green building practices to the industry to ensure a sustainable environment. The PHILGBC is a member of the World Green BuildingCouncil (WGBC).

As an alliance of national leaders from both the public and private sectors, the Philippine Green Building Council shall take the lead in ensuring that industry designs, builds and operates buildings in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner that will pave the wayfor the Filipinos to live, work and play in safe, healthy and productive environments.

For more information about the PHILGBC, visit http://philgbc.org.

About the BERDE
The Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) Program was created by the PHILGBC as an appropriate response to the Philippine building industry’s need to measure environmental performance of buildings and to proactively address the negative impacts of climate change in the property sector.

The BERDE Green Building Rating System is developed under the BERDE Program. BERDE measures, evaluates, verifies and monitorsenvironmental performance of buildings. BERDE publicly recognizes buildings performing above and beyond existing laws, regulations and mandatory industry standards. The green building rating system is consensus driven and is achieved through a multi-stakeholder consultation and collaboration process. The BERDE Assessment and Certification is credible, unbiased, balanced and impartial and is achieved through a third party certification process in line with international standards.

For more information about the BERDE Program, you may scan the code to visit http://berdeonline.org/.

For more information on the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) of the Department of Energy (DOE), you may scan the code to visit http://peep.doe.gov.ph/.

CONTACTS:
MA. ANNA G. TUNGOL
Deputy Team Leader, Philippine Energy Efficiency
Project: Efficient Building Initiative (PEEP-EBI)
Executive Director, PHILGBC National Secretariat
Philippine Green Building Council
(+632) 815 9301, (GMT+08:00)
agtungol@philgbc.org
http://philgbc.org

ENGELL FRANZ T. FAGARAGAN
Coordinator, BERDE Program, PEEP-EBI
Philippine Green Building Council
(+632) 815 9301, (GMT+08:00)
effagaragan@philgbc.org
http://berdeonline.org/

CHESTER C. DELA CRUZ
Communications and Business Development
Philippine Green Building Council
(+632) 8588082, (GMT+08:00)
chesdelacruz@philgbc.org
http://philgbc.org

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