Friday, July 16, 2010

Watch Out for the Philippines’ First Green Building!

I am a staunch advocate of the green movement. My husband and I believe in the importance of living an eco-friendly life and leaving as few carbon footprints as we can. We have large canvas bags for grocery shopping, six garbage cans in the kitchen for segregating our trash, two sacks under the kitchen sink for separating white and colored scratch papers, among other things. We also try to instill in our children to never leave even the smallest candy wrapper just anywhere.

Thus, I am always interested to hear about people and companies that are making efforts to implement earth-friendly programs. Needless to say, I was very glad to find out this week that Sun Life Financial Philippines (SLFP) is adding a new milestone to its exemplary track record by having a “green” building constructed at the Global City in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.

This P2 billion structure is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2011 and is aiming for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Core and Shell requirements for gold certification. For those who have heard of LEED for the first time, this is an internationally recognized green building rating system which was developed by the US Green Building Council. It aims to guide building owners and operators on a concise framework for implementing green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

According to LEED consultant Davis Langdon & Seah, the Sun Life Centre “will promote a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in key areas: energy savings, water efficiency, carbon emission reductions, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources and education on sustainability practices.”

Riza Mantaring, SLFP President and CEO, affirms that making the Sun Life Centre a green building aligns with their company’s focus on long-term sustainability, not only in business but also in the environment. “Providing a healthy environment for our various stakeholders allows them to work more efficiently and become more focused and productive. In other words, a green building makes strong business sense for our employees and agents and for our building tenants,” she further explains.

To know more about the amazing features of this structure, please visit the website exclusively dedicated to this wonderful project:

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