Iloilo shows off Visayas’ first green building-A A +A
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
THE new Iloilo City Hall building is considered the first green building in the Visayas after installing several energy conservation facilities aimed to lower electric power consumption.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the City Hall rooftop is fitted with solar panels that assisted air-conditioning units to all offices at the whole seventh floor.
The seven-storey New City Hall, with its roof deck and landscaped green plants and the “Lin-ay Sang Iloilo” (Ilonggo Pride Statue), is currently the newest tourist attraction in the city.
The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) reported that the solar system was able to save P710,218 per year or some P59,000 per month with 36 metric tons of carbon dioxide avoided per month.
Similarly, a rain harvesting facility will soon be operational at the rooftop and rainwater will be used by all offices for flushing toilets and a water treatment device will be installed for recycling water for other uses at the City Hall.
Mabilog said the energy conservation programs practiced at City Hall has already effected a lower electric power consumption and also on the reduction of greenhouse gas emission and air pollution.
The International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI) program on clean air and air pollution has recognized the city for its energy conservation (enercon) programs since 2004 up to the present.
Other enercon programs implemented by the City Government include the lamp retrofitting project of changing incandescent bulbs to high pressure sodium lights in 10,050 city street lights.
The program was able to save P82,680 per day with saved power of 6,360 kilowatthour (kwh) per day and avoided 3,752 kilograms of greenhouse gas per day.
Lamp retrofitting was also encouraged by the City Government for the private sector with a conversion from incandescent lamps to compact fluorescent lamps. This is being implemented in the hospitals and shopping malls.