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!

Teletech

MR. FREDRICK SANTOS
Chairman
CB Richard Ellis Philippines, Inc.
10th Floor, Ayala Tower One & Exchange Plaza
Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1226

Dear Mr. Santos,

We would like to thank CBRE particularly your Emergency Team for the support and Assistance that they have provided to our sites in Luzon (Pampanga, Cainta, Ecoplaza, Roxas and Sta. Rosa) that rolled our Emergency Response Program (ERP) Drills.

As a result of your team’s active support and participation, Teletech’s ERP program has been further strengthened and we were able to get good words from our visiting Global Facilities Director, Christopher McLuhan when he witnessed the Sta. Rosa DC Facilities Team have done to roll out such program.

Your onsite and head support team’s skills and support mean a lot to us in attaining successful drill roll outs and will ensure that future incidents and challenges will be properly dealt with because of the solid ERP and DRP programs that we have established.

Again, thank you very much and more power to your company.

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