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NEWS UPDATES 28 August 2009

Philippines to set up ratings system for ‘green’ buildings

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The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) will roll out by year-end a rating system for “green,” or environment-friendly buildings in the country, the Manila Times quoted an official as saying.

In a briefing, Christopher de la Cruz, the agency’s chairman, said the private sector is developing what it calls “BERDE”—Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence—to serve as the Philippines’ own rating system for green buildings.

He said the country must have a rating system that suits its unique conditions. “The Philippines is a developing country, and a tropical country, too. We have to come up with a rating system that suits our conditions.”

The official said about seven to eight projects here have adopted the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, but he said a LEED rating may not be relevant in this part of the world, as the US has a mostly temperate climate.

About 15 percent of the domestic construction industry, which includes the 10 largest developers, have already committed to use BERDE when this local rating scheme pilots by the end of this year.

Constructing green buildings in the country can be more expensive by about 15 percent, as most “green” construction products are unavailable locally. Also it would take a longer time to put up a green building here due to the learning curve of constructors on green technology, de la Cruz said.


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