DOE, DPWH, ABB and EU-ASEP promote EE building designs in 4th ECCP-PE2 forum

Date Published: 
October 27, 2020
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MAKATI CITY, 27 October 2020 – The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) and the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) jointly held today the energy efficiency (EE) Forum entitled “Promoting Energy Conserving Building Designs,” the fourth webinar under the ECCP-PE2 partnership for the Energy Smart Forum Series 2020. PE2 member ABB Inc. and the EU-Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (EU-ASEP) supported today’s EE forum, which included resource speakers from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in support of the forum objective of promoting energy conserving designs for the building sector.

ECCP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee Chair and PE2 vice president for internal affairs Ruth Yu-Owen moderated the forum.

Keynote speaker DOE Senior Undersecretary Jesus Cristino Posadas highlighted the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act or RA 11285 as a milestone for the Philippine energy governance and market, serving as a framework to address concerns in the energy sector. With energy having a crucial role in sustainability of buildings, the DOE is in the process of finalizing the Guidelines on Energy Conserving Design for Buildings and the Guidelines for Endorsement of Energy Efficiency Projects to the Board of Investments to Avail of Fiscal Incentives. In closing, Undersecretary Posadas underscored that these policies are important in promoting energy efficiency and sustainability performance for the safety and comfort of building occupants.

Job Mayo IV of ABB Inc. talked about energy efficiency as the way to go in maximizing performance and safety in buildings. With this, he presented the various ABB technologies and innovations that can help establishments, energy service companies, and all other energy stakeholders to achieve Safe, Smart, and Sustainable Buildings that are compliant with the standards provided under RA 11285. compliant to the Standards.

Atty. John Belderol of the DPWH National Building Code Development Office shared before the group the DPWH’s role and collaboration with the DOE and other stakeholders in promoting energy and water efficiency, as well as material sustainability and the future of green buildings in the Philippines. According to Atty. Belderol, with the promotion of energy conserving building designs in the Philippines, there will be reduced use of energy and increased cost-effectiveness in building operations. At the same time, the DPWH also envisions that the comfort, health, safety, and productivity of the occupants will be enhanced with the application of the updated guidelines.

Director Patrick Aquino of the DOE Energy Utilization Management Bureau provided developments on updating the Guidelines in Energy Conserving Design of Buildings. In the process of finalizing these Guidelines, coordination with other stakeholders and government agencies, as well as undertaking a number of public consultations have been done. Director Aquino likewise clarified that RA 11285 talks about the said Guidelines being applicable to new building construction and retrofitting of existing buildings, as well as providing for the role of the local government in meeting the objectives of the law and other related government policies.

The Forum was concluded by Josephine Tioseco of the EU-ASEP, who talked about the European Union’s support to the Philippine government in the energy sector, which includes technical assistance to the DOE for the updating of the “Guidelines on Energy Conserving Design of Buildings.” She stressed that it is crucial to ensure that EE measures and the increased use of renewable energy are implemented to help achieve sustainability, meet climate commitments, improve resilience, and move forward with the overall economic and development goals of the Philippines.

ABB Inc. is an active regular member of PE2.

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