Green Buildings In The Philippines

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Manila Bulletin

4 March 2013

http://ph.news.yahoo.com/green-buildings-philippines-122634159.html

More multinational corporations that want to set up local headquarters in the Philippines look for eco-friendly skyscrapers. There is a mounting demand from the international business community, especially foreign investors, on local locators to offer more green buildings. An increasing number of Filipino building owners are retrofitting and upgrading existing buildings to improve energy efficiency and environmental performance.

Green growth is gaining momentum in developed and emerging economies like the Philippines. Green buildings reduce the strain on energy resources. A study by the United States of America-based commercial real estate services firm CBRE Global Network showed that while green building may entail more costs, the investment is recoverable in the long run through decreased operating costs, increased return on investment through higher tenant retention, and increased asset value.

Foreign investors prefer Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED)-certified, or buildings designed following green-architecture principles, such as more natural light and ventilation, green roofs, green walls, rainwater harvesting facility, sky gardens, and skywalks to reduce elevator use. LEED was created by the United States of America Green Building Council, and is a widely used green rating system worldwide. The five LEED certified buildings in the Philippines are Asian Development Bank, Nuvali One Evotech, Shell Shared Services Office, and Texas Instruments in Baguio City and in Clark, Pampanga. Some 58 projects are awaiting LEED certification.

A local rating, a counterpart of the LEED certification, was created by Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), a non-profit organization that promotes green building design, construction, and management that are ecologically responsible, safe, and healthy. It is an alliance of building and construction industry leaders from public and private sectors who develop a nationally accepted green building rating standard, called Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE).

We congratulate CBRE Philippines Chairman and Chief Operating Officer Rick M. Santos and Philippines Green Building Council Chairman Christopher C. de la Cruz, and other Officials and Members, for their “green” building initiatives and projects. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

Regent Parkway

To all the administrative, security and management personnel at Regent Parkway:

I’d like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU sincerely for all your hard work.Every day we come home to clean, well maintained and safe building, and it is thanks to the contributions of each and every one of you.

I’ve had the pleasure to be a tenant of this building for the last couple of years, and I have never, ever had a single problem, not ever one. Everything is managed with the utter most professionalism, and many times we take that for granted. I know that it doesn’t happen by magic, but because of the effort from each and every one of you.

Unfortunately, I am being relocated to my home country, reason for which I will stop living here by the end of the month. Believe me, if it was up to me, I would never leave; since my stay here has been very happy and fulfilling.

I’ve had the opportunity to live in many places, but the upkeep and operation in this building, together with the warmth from every member of the personnel, are unparalleled.

I didn’t want to leave without sharing with you my appreciation for all you have done for me; your friendly smiles, the cheering in the early mornings when I drag myself up for a run, making me feel safe and taken care of, but mostly, for taking an otherwise ordinary job and making something extraordinary out of it.

I wish you all the best and thanks again.

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