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PH at pace with global green drive

THE current pace of the country’s “green movement” has been steadily keeping up with the global agenda in terms of adopting green technologies and methods. This was noted by Singapore’s Building and Construction Industry Group Director for International Development, Koh Lin Ji who is also in charge of the Green movement of that country during a recent Manila media briefing. During the same briefing, proponents of green technologies led by Christopher C. Dela Cruz, CEO of the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) presented the Philippines’ integrated approach in its ongoing efforts to promote green building and sustainability for the country. De la Cruz will be sharing Philippine’s green efforts and ideals at the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) this September in Singapore, an event held in conjunction with Build Eco Expo Asia (BEX Asia) 2013. Dela Cruz noted the development of the BERDE green building rating system for the Philippines, is harmonized with the work of other National Green Building Councils in the Asian region. “As more eco-friendly buildings are built in Asia, use of natural resources are more efficient, green jobs are created, the shift to a greener economy is facilitated.  We envision for Asia becoming the global hub for green building leadership”, he said. “The Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with PHILGBC, hopes to demonstrate the potential environmental benefits and financial savings through a series of energy efficiency efforts on commercial, residential and public projects”, Dela Cruz said. Dela Cruz told MST that the final report on Philippine Energy Efficient Project:Efficient Building Initiative prepared by PHILGBC is now submitted for approval with the DOE. The comprehensive report has detailed “doable activities” that could help the country in keeping pace with the current and future directions of the global community for green technology, Dela Cruz said. He also added that various programs such as the Philippine Energy Efficiency project (PEEP) aimed at implementing a series of energy efficiency projects in the commercial, residential and public sectors will soon be in place. PHILGBC has recently introduced the revised Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE), a national green building rating system that aims to help decision makers in the industry in designing, constructing and operating greener buildings. “The PHILGBC was entrusted to carry, the National Voluntary Green Building Rating System for the Philippines, to provide for a recognition program, a green building rating system for the industry. We have upgraded the BERDE rating system with the Efficient Building Initiative of PEEP and came up with a more holistic program that is now becoming more responsive to different occupancy type and the different priorities we now have in the property sector, De la Cruz added.
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