Construction players told to adapt to climate change

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Friday, May 16, 2014


RESILIENCY and preparedness in the wake of environmental hazards and climate change among building and construction industry players will be the prime focus in the first Philippine Building and Construction Exposition (Philbex) Davao.

"Under this year's theme, 'Connecting the World Through Resilient Construction,' Philbex also aims to unite Mindanao in terms of building, construction, interior design, and architecture," Joseph L. Ang, Worldbex Services International (WSI) founding chair, said in his opening message at the opening of Philbex Davao at SMX Convention Center at SM Lanang Premier yesterday.

WSI is the organizer of Philbex Davao, on going until May 18. The event is positioned to become the "largest and most comprehensive building and construction exposition" in Mindanao.

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In a press release, this year's theme is the event's response to climate change and environmental hazards.

Visitors and participants can expect a wide range of products, equipments, and services that are not only aimed towards sustainability but resilience and preparedness as well from more than 100 exhibitors.

"We try to convince them [in climate change adaptation] and to also come out with environmentally good products," Ang said in a separate interview with Sun.Star Davao.

He pointed out industry players should start now in adapting to climate change before it is too late.

Aside from construction products and services, the event also features seminars on resiliency and preparedness against environmental hazards and climate change and the latest in design and construction trends.

Among the seminars include: Rain Water Harvesting: Face to Face with 2013-2014 Rainfall by Arch. Illuminado C. Quinto Jr.; Interior Design Into the Road to Resilience by Dr. Hazel Garces-Resari; and Energy Smart by Joshua Rey Albarina.

Ang said with Philbex Davao, they now cover the whole country. They also hold Worldbex in Manila and Philbex Cebu in the Visayas.

He said they were able to hold the building and construction exposition in Davao City right now with the presence of SMX Convention Center.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 16, 2014.

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