Last of two parts
Panglao, Bohol—One of the highlights of the Building Green 2023 Conference, organized by the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) and held in Modala Resort was the update on the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE), the Philippine Green Building Council’s (PHILGBC) green building rating system, ANZ/PH, the net zero certification program, and the Health and Well-being for Buildings Program.
Engr. Reniel English presented the latest update on BERDE, ANZ/PH, the net zero certification program, and the Health and Well-being for Buildings Program during Session 5. In his presentation, English provided attendees with an overview of the latest PHILGBC green building certification programs, offering insights into their development process and the benefits they bring to the industry.Green building advocates were able to get and learn about the most recent updates and advancements in sustainable building practices attended the session.
Arch. Rowena Ramos, a member on the committee draft of BERDE v5, told the audience that the development of BERDE follows a robust comment process to ensure stakeholder input and continual improvement of the system. By engaging industry professionals and stakeholders, she says the draft has been approved by members of the PHILGBC and now serves as a council draft.
The milestone is an important step toward finalizing the BERDE v5.0.0 framework. Now, Ramos said the PHILGBC wants to get comments from the rest of the industry for their valuable feedback.
“We are excited to showcase the latest developments in our green building certification programs at the Building Green 2023 Conference. Through our BERDE rating system, ANZ/PH net zero program, and Health and Well-being for Buildings Program, we continue to lead the way in promoting sustainability and advancing the green building industry in the Philippines,” Ramos explained.
“By engaging industry stakeholders and encouraging their feedback, we are confident that these programs will drive positive change and contribute to a more sustainable future for all,” Ramos added.
English said the latest green building certification programs and the development process for BERDE presented during the Building Green 2023 manifests PHILGBC’s a commitment to fostering sustainable practices in the industry.
“These programs offer a comprehensive framework and guidance for developers, designers, and building owners to achieve sustainable and net-zero goals while prioritizing human health and well-being,” English said.
“PHILGBC’s a green building certification programs play a significant role in driving industry transformation and promoting sustainable building practices in the Philippines. BERDE provides a holistic approach to green building certification, taking into account various environmental, social, and economic factors,” English added.
Meanwhile, the ANZ/PH program focuses on net-zero energy and carbon emissions, enabling buildings to achieve a high level of energy efficiency and sustainability. Moreover, the Health and Well-being for Buildings Program emphasizes creating spaces that enhance occupant health and productivity.
Ramos pointed out that the presentation of the Committee Draft of BERDE v5.0.0 for council comment epitomizes PHILGBC’s commitment to a participatory approach in building a consensus, developing the system, and ensuring that the voices of industry professionals and stakeholders are heard.
“The development of BERDE is a collaborative effort, and we value the input and feedback from the industry,” said Ramos. “We encourage all stakeholders to contribute and provide valuable insights that will help shape the final version of BERDE v5.0.0 and enhance its effectiveness in driving sustainable building practices.”
Established in 2007, PHILGBC seeks to consolidate and be a national movement promoting green building practices towards mitigating climate change. As a member of the World Green Building Council, PHILGBC actively contributes to global efforts to create a sustainable built environment.