The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank (WB), has recently launched the Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) in the Philippines. This is in partnership with the Philippine Green Building Initiative (PGBI). EDGE is a green building certification system that encourages real estate companies to set up green buildings.

EDGE, which is a voluntary certification system, helps in the simplification and reduction of green building costs, making them more accessible to everyone, The Manila Bulletin reported Yuan Xu, IFC country manager, as saying. He added the country needs more energy saving structures that have minimal construction and operation costs. He also thinks the country should reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to sustain its economic growth.

Xu explained that buildings emit 33.28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. This accounts for 36 percent of the country’s total annual power consumption in 2010. He added that the rapid urban migration is expected to increase further the number of new buildings by 20 percent. This, he said, makes it increasingly important to reduce the power consumption of buildings.

The EDGE certification system helps promote the efficient use of resources through building designs that reduce energy, The Manila Times reported. It also takes into account the energy used in making the construction materials, and water.

It is supported by free software, which encourages solutions for the reduction of energy and water, as well as the energy used to make building materials by at least 20 percent. This is the standard for EDGE certification.

The PGBI is a non-profit group of professional associations, which promotes energy-efficient and environment-friendly design and construction. The group is the certification provider for EDGE projects in the Philippines.

During the EDGE launch, which was held at Green Breakthroughs 2016, the following were recognized for their contributions in green building.

  • Italpinas Development Corporation: Primavera Residences condominium towers A and B in Cagayan de Oro.  Primavera’s design and features result in 32 to 37 percent savings in energy, water, and materials
  • Imperial Homes: Tiarra Premiere and Delsey affordable housing units in Santo Tomas, Batangas. Imperial Homes yielded 28 to 38 percent savings.
  • Organization of Socialized and Economic Housing Developers of the Philippines (OSHDP): For the encouragement of its members to use green building measures.
  • Philippine Hotel Owners’ Association Inc. (PHOA): For its promotion of investments in energy efficient tourism programs and renewable energy resources.
  • Mandaluyong City: For its green policies and programs, which include an ordinance that requires new buildings to adopt energy and water-efficient systems.

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