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BERDE Online

The official documentation site for the BERDE Green Building Rating System.

About BERDE

What is BERDE?

In 2009, the BERDE Program was established by the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) as an appropriate response to the Philippine building industry’s need to proactively address the negative impacts of climate change.

The program was established to develop the Philippines’ own national voluntary green building rating system to facilitate green building projects in the country, inspire confidence in the industry, and build trust in the industry.

The BERDE Green Building Rating System is developed under the BERDE Program. BERDE is a tool to assess, measure, monitor, and certify the performance of green building projects above and beyond existing national and local building and environmental laws, regulations, and mandatory standards.

BERDE is recognized by the Philippine government, through the Department of Energy (DOE), as the National Voluntary Green Building Rating System.

Why should I use BERDE?

As a guidance tool

BERDE specifies current best practice. If you are a building professional, various BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes are made freely available for your use in designing, constructing and operating your projects in a resource-efficient, economically-viable, and socially-responsible manner.

As a credible marketing tool

Getting your projects BERDE-certified provides you with a positive marketing advantage.

Achieving a BERDE certification for your green building project lets your clients and the public know that your project is a better building in the market. The third-party assessment ensures that your project are assessed, rated, and certified in a credible and unbiased process.

BERDE also highlights your company’s sustainability initiatives. Achieving BERDE Certification provides a positive brand recognition for both your project and your company.

The PHILGBC provides additional marketing support by publishing your BERDE-certified project online, and providing opportunities for developing project case studies, hosting site tours and certificate presentation, and speaking opportunities in PHILGBC events.

As a transparency tool

BERDE enables you to exhibit the performance of your project to other parties in a credible manner. Your certified BERDE project allows you to showcase your leadership in sustainability through unbiased, balanced and impartial assessment and certification of your building performance. Certification under BERDE builds trust and confidence among your project stakeholders.

As a compliance and policy support tool

BERDE supports the sustainable development plans and programs of government. Increasing priority for green building and sustainable development by government requires you to be knowledgeable with current laws and regulations at the national and local levels.

At the national level, as the recognized as the National Voluntary Green Building Rating System by the Philippine government, several national agencies have been using BERDE as a guide in developing policies and programs for green building and sustainability for the building sector. At the local level, several local governments within the Philippines have incorporated BERDE as part of their policy to ensure the environmental performance of projects within their jurisdictions.

BERDE recognizes performance beyond existing environmental and building laws, regulations and standards. As a compliance tool, it supports you in complying with building and environmental laws and regulations.

Development

Who developed BERDE?

BERDE was developed by the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC). The DOE provided development and promotional support for the development of BERDE.

BERDE was developed in line with the Quality Assurance for Green Building Rating Tools (WorldGBC, 2013), the International Framework for Socio-Economic Factors for Green Building Rating Tools in Developing Countries (WorldGBC & GBCSA, 2013), and other best practices from international standards for standards development.

Tools and documents under the BERDE are drafted by the BERDE Committee, with support from the BERDE Program Secretariat, input from the PHILGBC General Membership, and final approval by the PHILGBC Board of Trustees. Interested external parties were provided opportunities to comment and provide their insight on the drafting of the BERDE GBRS as part of the development process.

The BERDE GBRS is administered by the PHILGBC under the BERDE Program.

How is BERDE developed?

Development process

The development of BERDE is guided by internationally-recognized methodologies for developing standards and by the Quality Assurance for Green Building Rating Tools (WorldGBC, 2013).

Under the Quality Assurance for Green Building Rating Tools (WorldGBC, 2013), national green building councils are guided by the WorldGBC to test rating tools through pilot projects to establish and evaluate whether credits, processes, and procedures are appropriate and effective in delivering rating activities for green buildings.

BERDE Development Process

Versioning

BERDE is implementing a modified semantic versioning for the development of tools. This allows the swift response and

Format for the versioning is v2.0.0.

  1. Major revision. The first digit represents major revisions, which assigned after completing the formal public consensus building process for the document

    Approving authority for major revisions is the PHILGBC Board of Trustees, with recommending approval from the BERDE Committee.

  2. Minor revision. The second digit represents minor revisions, which are rule-related actions and revisions from the committee level. Some policy-related issues or requirements may be raised by members of the public, and may need immediate action.

    Approval of the revision is done through the BERDE Commmittee.

  3. Non-substantial revision. The last digit represents non-substantial revisions. The BERDE Program Director is authorized to correct non-substantial errors in the documents, and address operational or non-rule related issues in the document.

    Actions and resolutions done under this revision are reported to the BERDE Committee for further review before incorporating into a minor or major revision.

    Approving authority for non-substantial revisions is the BERDE Program Director.

How can I contribute to BERDE?

Comment on BERDE

We welcome your comments and insight to improve BERDE. Provide your comments via e-mail by following the commenting procedure:

  1. Write in the Subject line COMMENT: BERDE GBRS – New Construction – v2.0.0 – User Guide;
  2. Provide your full name, position or designation, and the organization you are representing;
  3. Clearly state your issue a specific section or credit:
    • State the specific section or credit you would like to improve;
    • Provide a clear statement summarizing your issue; and
    • Provide a brief discussion on the issue;
  4. Clearly state your recommendation to improve the section or credit;
    • Provide the draft text for the revision of the section or credit;
    • Use plain language principles; and
    • Provide a brief discussion on the recommendation;
  5. Send your issue and recommendation to berde@philgbc.org.

Your comments will be received and logged by the BERDE Program Secretariat for the review and improvement of BERDE.

Host meetings

You can become a sponsor of the development of BERDE by providing support for meetings, workshops, and conferences. You can support the development activities of BERDE by sponsoring a BERDE Committee regular meeting, or the workshops or conference during the development cycle of BERDE.

Share datasets and case studies

You can support the research and development of BERDE by sharing datasets and case studies on your green building projects. One of the challenges in the development of BERDE is in identifying baselines and performance targets, and ensuring the tool is in line with current best practices in the industry.

We understand that there may be limitations when you share your proprietary information to the PHILGBC. This is why we commit to the proper handling, use, and storage of confidential information you share with the PHILGBC.

Become a member of the BERDE Committee

You can apply to become a member of the BERDE Committee. The BERDE Committee is the standing committee of the PHILGBC that focuses on the BERDE Program. Become a member by submitting a Letter of Expression of Interest through e-mail:

  1. Write in the Subject line EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: BERDE Committee Membership;
  2. Attach your signed Letter of Expression of Interest in portable document format (PDF);
    • Include your profile or curriculum vitae for your work experience and expertise;
    • State your commitment in dedicating time and attending all BERDE Committee meetings;
  3. Send your letter to berde@philgbc.org.

Your application will be reviewed for the approval of the Board of Trustees. The applicants are vetted to ensure that the committee is well-represented and balanced among the different sectors of the building industry.

Core Framework

The Core Framework of BERDE defines the different credits that are essential in developing a green building project. The Core Framework includes:

BERDE GBRS – New Construction

BERDE GBRS – New Construction is the green building rating scheme developed for the design and construction of new building projects.

BERDE GBRS – Operations

BERDE GBRS – Operation is the green building rating scheme developed for the operations of users and systems of existing building projects.

BERDE GBRS - Renovations

BERDE GBRS – Renovation is the green building rating scheme developed for existing building projects that has undergone renovations to improve the building’s design and operations.

Certification

What is BERDE Certification?

BERDE Certification is the formal assessment, rating, and certification process for projects of the BERDE Program. It is conducted in a third-party assessment process to ensure a credible, independent, impartial, and objective assessment, rating, and certification of projects under BERDE.

Who will certify my project?

The PHILGBC will certify the project based on the outcomes from the assessments during the BERDE Certification process.

The PHILGBC or its authorized assessment body will facilitate and conduct the assessment, rating, and certification process. The PHILGBC builds trust and confidence in the system by managing and addressing conflicts of interests between the project, the project team, and the assessment team assigned for the project.

How can I get BERDE Certified?

The project must complete the BERDE Certification process, comply with all minimum system requirements, and achieve the minimum rating for certification.

What is the BERDE Certification process?

Projects must complete all three stages to receive a complete BERDE Certification. The process includes:

  1. Registration
  2. Stage 1
  3. Stage 2

When certain conditions exist, you may file for appeal to achieve your target rating for the BERDE Certification of your project.

Certification Process

Registration

The project owner must review the eligibility of the project for the applicable BERDE GBRS, and compliance with the minimum system requirements.

The Registration process is completed once the project owner accepted and signed the proposal, and paid the registration fee and downpayment for your project.

How do I register for BERDE?

The project owner must register the project by following these procedures:

  1. Download the Form – BERDE Registration;
  2. Accomplish the Form – BERDE Registration and prepare documents to show compliance with the minimum system requirements; and
  3. Submit the accomplished form and requirements through e-mail:
    1. Write in the Subject line BERDE Registration, [Project Name];
    2. Send accomplished form and supporting documents to berde@philgbc.org.
  4. The authorized assessment body will prepare and submit a BERDE Certification Proposal within seven (7) working days from the receipt of your accomplished Form – BERDE Registration, and the complete requirements;
  5. Agree with and sign the proposal; and
  6. Pay the registration fee and initial payment.

The authorized assessment body will confirm completion of requirements. Once completed, the authorized assessment body will issue a Certificate – BERDE Registration to mark the completion of the registration process.

Stage 1

Stage 1 focuses on the design or planning of your project. The assessment team will review and assess the documentation submitted by the project, whether it satisfies the intent, requirements, and compliance requirements of the project team’s target credits.

The assessment team is committed to complete the each round of assessment within thirty (30) working days. Once the assessment is complete, the assessment team will issue an Report – Stage 1 Assessment that will reflect the findings from the assessment, which may include the recommendation for the rating and certification of the project for Stage 1.

Stage 2

Stage 2 focuses on the construction or implementation of your project. The assessment team will review and assess the documentation submitted by the project and conduct an on-site assessment, whether the project satisfies the intent, requirements, and compliance requirements of the project team’s target credits.

The assessment team is committed to complete the each round of assessment, including the on-site assessment, within thirty (30) working days. Once the assessment is complete, the assessment team will issue an Report – Stage 2 Assessment that will reflect the findings from the assessment, which may include the recommendation for the rating and certification of the project for Stage 2.

BERDE Rating

BERDE certified green building projects may be awarded with a 1-Star to a 5-Star BERDE rating based on the outcomes of the assessment process.

Rating Score
★☆☆☆☆ 1 Star 51 to 60 Minimum practice
★★☆☆☆ 2 Stars 61 to 70 Good practice
★★★☆☆ 3 Stars 71 to 80 Exemplar practice
★★★★☆ 4 Stars 81 to 90 World class
★★★★★ 5 Stars 91 and above World leader

Education

Training Courses

BERDE Foundation Course

The BERDE Foundation Course is a one-day awareness course on the basics of sustainability, green building, and an introduction to the BERDE Green Building Rating System.

BERDE Professionals Basic Training Course

The BERDE Professionals Basic Training Course is a comprehensive four-day training on green building and BERDE. In addition to the basics on sustainability, you will also learn about:

At the end of the training, you will be able to provide sound advise to clients and partners on the implementation of their green building projects.

The BERDE Professionals Basic Training Course is a requirement to become a Certified BERDE Professional (CBP).

BERDE Assessors Course

The BERDE Assessors Course is an intensive training on the assessment for the BERDE Green Building Rating System. CBPs and green building professionals may participate in the training to become part of the pool of assessors for BERDE.

At the end of the training, you will be able to effectively assess submissions from project teams and prepare clear and comprehensive reports based on findings from projects.

The BERDE Assessors Course is a requirement to become a Certified BERDE Assessor (CBA).

Training Calendar

We will be posting schedules for upcoming trainings here. You may also want to follow us in our social media accounts for updates on BERDE Education, @PHILGBC and @GoBERDE.