DPWH drafts Green Building Code to focus on sustainability

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Sunday, August 10, 2014


SEEING the importance of formulating sustainable building regulations, the Department of Public Works and Highways recently announced that it is starting to craft the Green Building Code (GBC), a separate code adherent to the National Building Code of the Philippines (NBCP) and its implementing rules and regulations.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said the code will be introducing electricity and cost savings method for new buildings, specifically malls, offices, hotels, residential condominiums, retails establishments, schools and hospitals falling under the minimum qualifying criteria identified by the code.

“DPWH has the authority to revise, amend or create a separate referral code in conformation with NBCP and its IRR to safeguard life, health, property, and public welfare, consistent with the principles of environmental management and control,” the agency said in a statement published in the Official Gazette.

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The green building code, according to DPWH, focuses on energy efficiency, water and wastewater management, materials sustainability, solid waste management, site sustainability, and indoor environmental quality.

Although the code is still in the drafting stage, an association of local developers in Central Visayas has already expressed their interest in GBC.

“Assuming that the provisions of the proposed code will greatly focus on energy efficiency, water and wastewater management, materials sustainability, solid waste management, site sustainability, and benefits to the environment, then I believe that this will significantly benefit not only the real estate industry and its market but also other institutions and the general public,” said Subdivision and Housing Developers Association, Inc. (SHDA) president Alexander Ace Sotto.

Sotto also expressed confidence the code will not lead to an increase in the project’s construction cost and prices of condominiums, citing that there can be economical and practical means for developers to comply. JOG

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 11, 2014.

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