• PGBI targets more efficiency- certified green buildings by yr-end

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    THE Philippine Green Building Initiative (PGBI) targets to have more than 10 buildings certified under the Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) rating system by the end of the year, an official of the organization said.

    In an interview last week, Ramon Aguilos, PGBI vice president for administration and operations, told reporters that the group expects to have more EDGE-certified buildings by the end of the year given high interest from developers.

    “Probably we could have more than ten. The initial target is just six buildings, but I’m positive, probably we could reach more than ten,” Aguilos said on the sidelines of the EDGE launch last Thursday.

    EDGE is a green building certification system for emerging markets created by the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. IFC has partnered with PGBI, which authorizes the latter to certify EDGE projects in the country.

    At present, EDGE-certified projects in the country include Primavera Residences condominium towers A and B in Cagayan de Oro by Italpinas Development Corporation, Imperial Homes for the affordable housing units Tiarra Premiere and Delsey in Santo Tomas, Batangas and the socialized housing project Strikeville 4 in Cavite by Phinma Property Holdings Corporation.

    The non-profit PGBI expects more projects to certify for EDGE, he said.

    “There would be other projects coming [for certification]. We have five office buildings in Clark and then another project of Imperial Homes—the one who had this socialized housing in Sto.Tomas—they have condos and another socialized housing project,” Aguilos said.

    Aguilos noted that developers have already shown interest in having their buildings certified by EDGE even if it the green building rating system is new in the country.

    “On the first year, you have to do a lot of presentations so that they would know what EDGE is, but we’re surprised [that]some are already asking proposals to have their buildings certified,” Aguilos said.

    Other green building rating systems currently used in the Philippines are the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(LEED) given by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Building For Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence(BERDE), given by the Philippine Green Building Council (PhilBGC).

    Aguilos noted that compared to other rating systems, EDGE is less complicated to use as it focuses more on the quantitative aspect, unlike other systems which focus on the qualitative aspect of buildings.

    “This one [EDGE]is more on the quantitative aspect. You could see the actual reduction in energy, in water usage, conservation of resources in the actual figures,” Aguilos said.

    By using the EDGE software, a developer could immediately measure the additional cost of adapting green elements to the building, the payback period for these additional costs, as well as the energy consumption and water usage of the building, he said.

    In addition, he said the EDGE certification only accepts greenbuilding measures with a return on investment (ROI) of three years or less.

    “If the ROI is three years or less, then it’s okay. If the ROI is more than three years, we don’t include it. It’s not included in the measures. So ganun ka-efficient ang software [So that is how efficient the software is] in the selection of measures,” he said.

    According to the IFC, a new building must achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy, water and embodied energy in materials compared to a conventional building, to be able to qualify for the EDGE certification.

    At present, the total portfolio of EDGE-certified buildings globally is valued at $3 billion.

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