Filinvest City awarded as the first and only central business district with 3-star BERDE Certification in the Philippines
From left to right: BERDE Chair Committee, Rowena C. Ramos; Chief Executive Officer of Philippine Green Building Council, Christopher C. Dela Cruz; Filinvest Alabang, Inc. First Vice President for Project Development – Townships, Don-Don S. Ubaldo; and Filinvest Alabang, Inc. Asst. Vice President for Project Development – Filinvest City, Paolo B. Ilusorio.
Filinvest City’s commitment towards sustainability has fittingly been rewarded as the first and only central business district (CBD) in the Philippines with a three-star rating in the pilot version of Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) Districts by the prestigious Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC). Filinvest City is the flagship project of Filinvest Alabang, Inc., a subsidiary of Filinvest Development Corporation.
Apart from this recent recognition by PHILGBC, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has already granted Filinvest City with a LEED v4 Gold for Neighborhood Development certification in 2020, making it the first CBD in the Philippines and the largest neighborhood development in Southeast Asia to achieve such recognition from the world’s most rigorous green building rating system.
The LEED v4 ND certification is considered as the “Gold Standard” for green neighborhood design and is used to measure the sustainability of communities around the world.
The awarding ceremony was aptly held in Filinvest Axis Tower One, one of the LEED Certified buildings in Filinvest City. Filinvest Alabang, Inc.’s First Vice President for Project Development - Townships, Don-Don S. Ubaldo, received the prestigious award from PHILGBC Chief Executive Officer, Christopher C. Dela Cruz. Also present during the awarding is BERDE Chair Committee, Rowena C. Ramos; and FAI Asst. Vice President for Project Development - Filinvest City, Paolo B. Ilusorio.
“BERDE Certification represents Filinvest City’s promise not only to our stakeholders, but also to the community at large. It exemplifies our commitment to sustainability amidst these trying times. We recognize that there are real and tangible benefits to going green and hope to pass on that value to our customers” said Don-Don S. Ubaldo.
For the team working behind Filinvest City, BERDE Certification is more than just an award but a culmination of more than a decade of effort shaping the city into what it is today. Ubaldo also added, “It is a place where Green and Sustainability are not just buzzwords, but are pillars of development that benefit the community. We will always strive to live up to the promise of Filinvest's vision for the township and continue being a champion for the environment moving forward.”
The BERDE Program was developed by PHILGBC last 2009 to proactively address the negative impacts of climate change. It’s been recognized by the Philippine government as it freely provides green building rating schemes that promote the use of resource-efficient, economically-viable, and socially responsible design, construction, and operations of projects.
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