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BERDE GBRS –
Operations
Version 2.0.0

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The BERDE Program was established and administered by the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC). The BERDE Green Building Rating System is the product of the BERDE Program. The BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes (GBRS), BERDE User Guides (User Guide) are documents developed under the system.

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Navigating this User Guide

This User Guide is a guidance document to support the implementation of the BERDE GBRS – Operations – Version 2.0.0 for green buildings.

Who should use this User Guide?

This User Guide is developed for project owners, developers, architects, engineers, designers, and other members of BERDE-registered green building project teams.

How do I use the User Guide?

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Printing the User Guide

The User Guide is distributed online to promote the use of less paper. However, you can print the User Guide if you need a copy of the document.

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Guidance Notes

Guidance Notes are included to provide additional information and assist you in implementing BERDE in your project.

About BERDE

This section provides a background on the BERDE Green Building Rating System.

About BERDE Certification

This section provides information on how you can get your project BERDE Certified, which includes information on the process, the ratings, and the minimum system requirements.

About BERDE GBRS – Operations

This section provides information on the BERDE GBRS – Operations, eligible projects for BERDE-NC, and validity of the certification under this scheme.

Rating Scheme

This section of the User Guide includes the categories and credits for the approved rating scheme for BERDE GBRS – Operations – Version 2.0.0. To ensure consistency and clarity, each credit includes the following subsections:

To provide further guidance in implementing the credits, the following subsections were included in the related credits:

Sample Credit

Name and number of the credit LE-01
Land Reuse
Purpose and intent of the credit defines the intended sustainability objective or benefit of the credit.

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

  • Discourage the use of greenfield or undeveloped green open spaces, natural habitat, or land used for food production or agriculture; and
  • Promote the remediation and redevelopment of brownfield or previously developed land.
Projects must comply with provisions under Requirements to comply with the credit.

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Conduct site assessment before implementing the project, which must include information on:
    • Footprint of the previously developed building in the site,
    • Previous use or type of building in the site,
    • Period the land was previously used, and
    • Site contamination;
  2. Construct the project on a previously developed land used for institutional, industrial, commercial or residential applications, for the last twenty (20) years, except for food production or agriculture uses;

If land is contaminated, the project team must also:

  1. Implement the necessary land remediation measures based on the ASTM E1903-11 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Process prior to the redevelopment of the site; and
  2. Conduct a final site assessment showing the conditions of the site after remediation measures.

Compliance outlines the necessary documents and the specific information they should contain that the project team must provide to show compliance with the Requirements for the credit.

When applicable, Compliance and Compliance Requirements are divided into Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Compliance

The project team must submit:

  • Accomplished Template - Credit Submission with a narrative how the project complied with the requirements of the credit;
  • Report on the initial site assessment, which should include information on:
    • Footprint of the previously developed building in the site,
    • Previous use or type of building in the site,
    • Period the land was previously used, and
    • Site contamination;
  • Site plan showing:
    • Total area of the previously developed land, and
    • Building footprint of the project.

If the land is contaminated, the project team must submit a report on the implemented land remediation measures, which should include:

  • Summary of the strategies implemented for land remediation,
  • Service contract for the implemented strategies for land remediation, and
  • Test results of the land conditions after implementing the land remediation.
Compliance Requirements include the different points you may achieve depending on the your level of compliance for the credit.
PointsCompliance Requirements
3
Submitted report on the initial site assessment of the project, site plan of the land indicating the area of the previously developed land and records of the constructed project on the site, and if the land was contaminated, report on the land remediation prior to the development of the project.
2
Submitted report on the initial site assessment of the project and site plan of the land indicating the area of the previously developed land.
1
Submitted report on the initial site assessment of the project.

Requirement levels

The requirements under BERDE and in the User Guide uses the following modals or auxiliary verbs to ensure clarity and consistency in writing and interpreting the requirements:

About BERDE

The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) is a non-stock, non-profit organization that promotes the sharing of knowledge on green building practices to the industry to ensure a sustainable environment. In 2009, the PHILGBC established the BERDE (Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence) Program to develop the Philippines’ own national voluntary green building rating system to facilitate greener building projects in the country.

What is BERDE?

The BERDE Green Building Rating System 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.

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.

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.

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 – Operations – 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.

About BERDE 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.

Only projects that complete the formal process, complies with all requirements, and receives at least the minimum rating for certification may claim as a BERDE Certified green building project.

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.

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.

Stage 1

Stage 1 focuses on the systems you put in place to improve your building operations. The assessment team will review and assess the documentation submitted by the project team, whether it satisfies the intent, requirements, and compliance requirements of the project team’s target credits.

The assessment team will issue an Assessment Report 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 will focus on verifying the implementation of the systems established in Stage 1. During Stage 2, the assessment team will conduct an on-site assessment and documentation review. The assessment will be based on the target credits of the project team.

The assessment team will issue an Assessment Report that will reflect the findings from the assessment, which may include the recommendation for the rating and certification of the project.

Appeals

When certain conditions exist, the project team may file for appeal at each stage of the assessment.

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 the documents for the minimum system requirements; and
  3. Submit the accomplished form and requirements through e-mail to berde@philgbc.org.

The PHILGBC 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.

What is the minimum rating for certification?

The minimum rating for certification is a BERDE 1-Star rating. The assessment team will be providing the recommendation for the rating of the project based on the outcomes of the assessment at each stage.

BERDE Rating

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

Acceptable documents for BERDE Certification

Project teams must submit documented information to demonstrate how the project complies with their target credits. These documents allow the assessment team to assess, verify, and monitor the project’s performance based on valid, credible, and verifiable information.

It is the responsibility of the project team to prepare and submit documents that present valid, credible, and verifiable information about the project. The documents submitted by the project team will be reviewed by the assessment team and will be referenced in the Assessment Report, which is the basis for the rating and certification of the project.

Submit robust evidence demonstrating the compliance of the project with the target credits. Project teams must submit the identified documents under Compliance of each credit reflecting the information needed to show compliance to the credit. Documents under Compliance were identified to ensure that you are sufficiently guided on what information are–

Use existing project files. You should use existing project files for the design, construction, and operations of the project. You are not required to create or prepare documents exclusive for BERDE. This will reduce the time and effort in preparing for the certification of the project.

List of acceptable documents

Document Description
As-built plans

As-built plans must clearly indicate:

  1. Project name,
  2. Project owner’s name,
  3. Date, and
  4. Version of the document.

As-built plans must be:

  1. Duly signed by the project owner,
  2. Duly signed by the relevant professional, and
  3. Duly signed and approved by the local building official.

For projects in jurisdictions required to have a BERDE Certificate as a pre-requisite for applications for occupancy permits, as-plans must be:

  1. Duly signed by the relevant professional, and
  2. Submitted along with a letter of undertaking or affidavit confirming that the as-built plans submitted by the project team for BERDE are the same documents to be submitted to the local building official.

As-built plans must be submitted during Stage 2.

Bill of materials

Bill of materials must reflect the materials and products specified for the project, and cost estimate for each material or product, duly signed by the relevant professional, and duly signed and approved by the project owner.

Bill of materials must be submitted during Stage 1.

Certificates of compliance

Certificates of compliance may include ISO 14001 certification or products certification awarded by third-party certifying bodies. The certificate must reflect the standard used for the certification, name of the certifying body, date certified, and scope of the certification, duly signed by the authorized representative of the certifying body.

Acceptable for Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Commissioning report

Commissioning reports must be prepared by third-party commissioning agents, duly signed by the commissioning agent, and duly accepted and signed by the project owner. The report must reflect the standards used, name of the commissioning agent who prepared the report, signature of the agent, scope of project or systems commissioned and tested, and results of the commissioning.

Acceptable for Stage 2.

Communication records

Communication records must include the author’s name and role in the project, date of the document, and recipient’s name and role in the project. Communication records may include formal letters, memorandum, and e-mail correspondence from official corporate e-mail addresses.

Acceptable for Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Delivery receipt

Delivery receipts must include the name and model of the specific product, technology or material, the number of delivered items, the name of the supplier, and date of delivery, duly signed by the supplier, and duly approved and signed by the project owner.

Acceptable for Stage 2.

Installation records

Installation records may be submitted as supporting documents to show the receipt and installation of products, materials, or technologies in the project. The document must reflect the details of the installed item, date of installation, and name of the service provider or party that installed the item, duly signed by the installer, and duly approved and signed by the project owner.

Acceptable supporting document for Stage 2.

Manufacturer’s specifications

Copy of the manufacturer’s specification, brochures, or product information documents may be submitted as supporting document for the project specifications.

Acceptable supporting documents for Stage 1.

Minutes of meeting

Minutes of meetings must include the date, location, attendance list of the meeting, clear proceedings of the meeting, and agreed actions from the discussions. The attendance list must include the names, organization, and designation or roles in the project.

Acceptable for Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Official receipts

Official receipts must reflect the product, material, technology, or service received and paid for the project, date, and name of supplier, duly signed by the authorized representative of the supplier.

Acceptable for Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Organizational chart

The organizational chart must reflect the different members of the project team, the role of the member in the project, the name of the authorized representative of each member, and contact information.

The organizational chart must be submitted during Registration.

Permits

Permits, clearances and issuances by national government agencies or the local government where the project is located must be duly signed by authorized representatives of the agency or department.

Acceptable for Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Photographs

Photographs may be submitted as supporting documents to show current site conditions, or installation and implementation of the design or plans of the project.

Acceptable supporting document for Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Plans

Plans must clearly indicate:

  1. Project name,
  2. Project owner’s name,
  3. Date, and
  4. Version of the document.

Plans must be:

  1. Duly signed by the project owner,
  2. Duly signed by the relevant professional, and
  3. Duly signed and approved by the local building official.

For projects in jurisdictions required to have a BERDE Certificate as a pre-requisite for applications for building permits, plans must be:

  1. Duly signed by the relevant professional, and
  2. Submitted along with a letter of undertaking or affidavit confirming that plans submitted by the project team for BERDE are the same documents to be submitted to the local building official.

Plans must be submitted during Stage 1.

Policies

Documented policies must reflect the approved policy related to the project. Policies must be approved by top management of the project owner.

Acceptable for Stage 1.

Procedures

Documented procedures and work instructions must reflect the specific processes,

Purchase order

Purchase orders must reflect the specific material, product or technology specified in the project, the number of items, date of the request, signature of the project owner, the name of the supplier, and receipt and signature of the supplier.

Acceptable for Stage 1.

Service contract

Service contracts between the project owner and the service provider must reflect the scope of the service related to the credit, duly accepted and signed by the project owner and the service provider.

Acceptable for Stage 1.

Specifications

Project specification documents must indicate the name of the project, date revision, and the materials, products, or technologies specified for the project, duly signed by the relevant professional, and duly approved and signed by the project owner. When submitting only a section of the specifications, provide the cover page of the specifications document and the section reflecting the information relevant to the credit.

Specifications must be submitted during Stage 1.

What are the Minimum System Requirements?

Projects that are applying for BERDE Certification must comply with the following minimum system requirements:

Compliance with building and environmental laws, regulations, and mandatory standards

The project team must ensure that the project is complying with all applicable building and environmental laws, regulations, and mandatory standards. You must conduct a regulatory compliance review for the project to identify and assess compliance with the following:

During Stage 1, the project team must submit:

During Stage 2, the project team must submit:

Distinct and clear boundaries

The project must be distinct and have clear boundaries. You must identify the scope of the project, including all areas where utilities and shared building systems are located.

During Registration, the project team submit plans showing clearly the boundaries of the project for certification, which should include:

The project team must also illustrate how shared building systems and utilities with other projects are dedicated for the use of the project.

Commitment to sharing resource data

The project owner must commit to sharing data on the use of energy, water, materials, and generated waste of the project. To ensure consistency in data, we recommend that project teams prepare data using the metric system.

During Stage 1, the project team must submit information on:

During Stage 2, the project team must submit information on:

Initial site assessment

Prior to application for BERDE Certification, the project team must conduct a site assessment prior to any construction activities to identify the following:

During Stage 1, the project team must submit a site assessment report.

About BERDE GBRS - Operations

BERDE GBRS – Operations (BERDE-OP) is the green building rating scheme developed for the operations of users and systems of existing building projects.

When should I use BERDE-OP?

Project eligible under BERDE-OP are:

BERDE-OP was designed for application for whole building operations to individual tenanted spaces. This rating scheme may not be applied to estate or community-wide projects.

Until when is my certificate valid for?

Certification under BERDE-OP is valid for three (3) years.

Projects previously certified under BERDE-OP may renew certification under –

Scoring and Rating

The points for BERDE-OP is distributed among the different categories

Category Available Points
Energy Efficiency and Conservation 16
Water Efficiency and Conservation 14
Waste Management 12
Management 8
Use of Land and Ecology 10
Green Materials 11
Transportation 12
Indoor Environment Quality 9
Emissions 8
Total 100

Your project must achieve a 51 points to receive the minimum rating. See BERDE Rating

Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Energy is an environmental, social, and economic challenge for the Philippines. Increasing

EN-01 Energy Consumption Reduction

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to reduce energy consumption and overall energy demand by the project through efficiency and conservation strategies.

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Prepare the energy consumption base case for the project;
    • Use energy consumption data for the past twelve (12) months before implementing BERDE;
    • Identify the project user profile; and
    • Calculate the peak energy consumption in kilowatts per square meter per person (kW/m2/person) based on an 8-hour shift;
  2. Establish an energy consumption reduction target for the project from the established baseline;
  3. Establish policies and procedures for energy efficiency and conservation for the operations of the project to achieve the reduction target, which should include:
    • Proper use of energy-consuming systems,
    • Improvement on existing energy-consuming systems, such as:
      • Energy efficient technologies on:
        • Air-Conditioning Units (ACU),
        • Refrigerators,
        • Water Heating, and
        • Other appliances,
      • Energy efficient lighting,
      • Energy efficient building envelope,
      • Maximizing natural ventilation,
      • Maximizing daylighting, and
      • Use of renewable energy;
    • Periodic energy audits;
  4. Implement the established energy efficiency and conservation strategies;
    • Communicate the energy efficiency and conservation strategies to the stakeholders of the project; and
    • Monitor and measure the energy consumption of operations of the project for at least twelve (12) months upon implementing the energy efficiency and conservation strategies;
  5. Prepare the energy consumption reduction calculation for the project;
    • Use energy consumption data for at least twelve (12) months after implementing BERDE; and
    • Calculate the peak energy consumption in kilowatts per square meter per person (kW/m2/person) based on an 8-hour shift;
  6. Conduct an assessment on the:
    • Effectivity of the established policies, procedures, and strategies, and
    • Energy consumption reduction targets.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment identified in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
12 Submitted an energy base case report, and policies and procedures for energy efficiency and conservation strategies to reduce energy consumption by twenty-five percent (25%) or more.
8 Submitted an energy base case report, and policies and procedures for energy efficiency and conservation strategies to reduce energy consumption by fifteen percent (15%) to less than twenty-five percent (<25%).
5 Submitted an energy base case report, and policies and procedures for energy efficiency and conservation strategies to reduce energy consumption by ten percent (10%) to less than fifteen percent (<15%).
3 Submitted an energy base case report, and policies and procedures for energy efficiency and conservation strategies to reduce energy consumption by five percent (5%) to less than ten percent (<10%).
2 Submitted an energy base case report, and the policy on the target percentage of the energy consumption reduction of the project.
0 Submitted an energy base case report.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment implemented in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
12 Submitted records on the implementation of the strategies, final report on recommendations for improvement, and energy consumption reduction report showing twenty-five percent (25%) or more energy consumption reduction.
8 Submitted records on the implementation of the strategies, final report on recommendations for improvement, and energy consumption reduction report showing fifteen percent (15%) to less than twenty-five percent (<25%) energy consumption reduction.
5 Submitted records on the implementation of the strategies, final report on recommendations for improvement, and energy consumption reduction report showing (10%) to less than fifteen percent (<15%) energy consumption reduction.
3 Submitted records on the implementation of the strategies, final report on recommendations for improvement, and energy consumption reduction report showing five percent (5%) to less than ten percent (<10%) energy consumption reduction.
2 Submitted energy consumption reduction report, and records on the implementation of the energy efficiency and conservation strategies.
1 Submitted energy consumption reduction report after implementing the established strategies.

Applicable laws, regulations, and mandatory standards

Applicable standards

Terms and definitions

EN-02 Energy Monitoring

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Review existing policies, procedures or practices for monitoring and measuring energy consumption in the operations of the project;
  2. Establish policies and procedures for energy monitoring in the project, which must include:
    • Meter reading,
    • Recording and documentation,
    • Calibration and maintenance of each meters in accordance to the manufacturer’s calibration schedule, and
    • Regular reporting of energy consumption to the project owners;
  3. Install energy meters for the project;
    • Clearly identify the scope of each meter; and
    • Install meters easily accessible for reading and maintenance;
  4. Implement the energy monitoring system in the project;
  5. Conduct final assessment on the implementation and effectivity of the energy monitoring system.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If installation of additional meters were identified for the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted policies and procedures for energy monitoring system, and schedule of the energy meters.
1 Submitted report on existing energy monitoring system or practices.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

If additional meters were installed in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted records on the implementation of the monitoring system, and report on the final assessment.
1 Submitted records on the implementation of the monitoring system.

EN-03 Electrical Equipment Maintenance

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to effectively operate and maintain electrical equipment in accordance with equipment manufacturer’s specification and schedule.

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Review existing maintenance policies, procedures or practices in the operations of the project;
  2. Identify available electrical equipment in the project;
  3. Establish policies and procedures for the proper maintenance and operations of electrical equipment in the project, which should include:
    • Regular maintenance of each electrical equipment, and
    • Proper use and operation of the electrical equipment;
  4. Implement policies and procedures for the maintenance and operations of electrical equipment in the project; and
  5. Conduct final assessment on the implementation and effectivity of the policies and procedures for the maintenance and operations of the electrical equipment.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted schedule of electrical equipment, and policies and procedures for the maintenance and operations of all electrical equipment in the project according to the manufacturer’s schedule.
1 Submitted report on existing policies, procedures or practices on the maintenance and operations of electrical equipment.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted records on the implementation of the policies and procedures for maintenance and operations, and report on the final assessment.
1 Submitted records on the implementation of the policies and procedures for maintenance and operations.

Water Efficiency and Conservation

WT-01 Water Consumption Reduction

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Prepare the water consumption base case for the project;
    • Use data for the past twelve (12) months before implementing BERDE:
    • Identify the project user profile; and
    • Calculate the peak water consumption in liters per person (L/person) based on an 8-hour shift;
  2. Establish a water consumption reduction target for the project from the established baseline;
  3. Establish policies and procedures for water efficiency and conservation for the operations of the project to achieve the reduction target, which should include:
    • Proper use of water-consuming systems,
    • Water conservation programs,
    • Improvement of existing water-consuming systems in the design of the project, such as:
      • Mechanical equipment,
      • Water efficient plumbing fixtures and fittings:
        • Water closets,
        • Urinals,
        • Faucets, and
        • Showers;
      • Water efficient irrigation systems,
      • Water efficient appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers;
    • Use of alternative water sources, such as:
      • Recycled greywater, and
      • Rainwater;
    • Periodic water audits;
  4. Implement the established water efficiency and conservation strategies;
    • Communicate the water efficiency and conservation strategies to the stakeholders of the project; and
    • Monitor and measure the water consumption of the project for at least twelve (12) months upon implementing the water efficiency and conservation strategies;
  5. Prepare the water consumption reduction calculation for the project;
    • Use water consumption data for at least twelve (12) months after implementing BERDE; and
    • Calculate the peak water consumption in liters per person (L/person) based on an 8-hour shift;
  6. Conduct a final assessment on the:
    • Effectivity of the established policies, procedures, and strategies, and
    • Water consumption reduction targets.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment identified in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
8 Submitted a water base case report, and policies and procedures for water efficiency and conservation strategies to reduce water consumption by twenty-five percent (25%) or more.
5 Submitted a water base case report, and policies and procedures for water efficiency and conservation strategies to reduce water consumption by fifteen percent (15%) to less than twenty-five percent (<25%).
3 Submitted a water base case report, and policies and procedures for water efficiency and conservation strategies to reduce water consumption by ten percent (10%) to less than fifteen percent (<15%).
2 Submitted a water base case report, and policy on the target percentage of the water consumption reduction of the project.
0 Submitted a water base case report.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment implemented in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
8 Submitted records on the implementation of the strategies, final report on recommendations for improvement, and water consumption reduction report showing twenty-five percent (25%) or more water consumption reduction.
5 Submitted records on the implementation of the strategies, final report on recommendations for improvement, and water consumption reduction report showing fifteen percent (15%) to less than twenty-five percent (<25%) water consumption reduction.
3 Submitted records on the implementation of the strategies, final report on recommendations for improvement, and water consumption reduction report showing ten percent (10%) to less than fifteen percent (<15%) water consumption reduction.
2 Submitted water consumption reduction report, and records on the implementation of the water efficiency and conservation strategies.
1 Submitted water consumption reduction report after implementing the established strategies.

WT-02 Water Monitoring

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Review existing policies, procedures or practices for monitoring and measuring water consumption in the operations of the project;
  2. Establish policies and procedures for water monitoring in the project, which must include:
    • Meter reading,
    • Recording and documentation,
    • Calibration and maintenance of each meters in accordance to the manufacturer’s calibration schedule, and
    • Regular reporting of water consumption to the project owners;
  3. Install water meters for the project;
    • Clearly identify the scope of each meter; and
    • Install meters easily accessible for reading and maintenance;
  4. Implement the water monitoring system in the project;
  5. Conduct final assessment on the implementation and effectivity of the water monitoring system.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If installation of additional meters were identified for the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted policies and procedures for water monitoring system, and schedule of the water meters.
1 Submitted report on existing water monitoring system or practices.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted records on the implementation of the monitoring system, and report on the final assessment.
1 Submitted records on the implementation of the monitoring system.

WT-03 Efficient Quality Improvement

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to minimize impact on the environment by monitoring and improving the quality of effluent discharge of the project.

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Conduct initial assessment on the effluent quality for the project, which should include:
    • Base case effluent quality of the project based on effluent data for the past twelve (12) months before implementing BERDE, and
    • Recommendations to improve the effluent quality of the project;
  2. Establish effluent quality improvement target;
    • Identify the effluent quality standard applicable for the project based on DENR Administrative Order No. 2016-08 – Water Quality Guidelines and General Effluent Standards of 2016, Table 9. Effluent Standards and Table 10. Effluent Standards for BOD Applicable to Establishments with Influent BOD of ≥ 3,000 mg/L,
    • Identify the target effluent quality level improvement; and
  3. Establish policies, procedures, and strategies to ensure or improve effluent quality of the project;
  4. Implement strategies to improve the effluent quality of the project;
    • Communicate strategies for effluent quality monitoring to the project team, external contractors, service providers and users of the project; and
    • Monitor and regularly test the effluent quality of the project for at least twelve (12) months upon implementing the effluent quality improvement strategies;
  5. Conduct a final assessment on the:
    • Effectivity of the established strategies, and
    • Effluent quality of the project after implementing the established strategies.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies or equipment were identified for the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
4 Submitted the initial assessment report, and the policies and procedures to improve the effluent quality of the project to two (2) classifications higher, or to achieve the highest classification.
2 Submitted the initial assessment report, and the policies and procedures to improve the effluent quality of the project to one (1) classification higher.
1 Submitted the initial assessment report, and the policy for the target effluent quality of the project.
0 Submitted the effluent quality base case report.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies or equipment were implemented for the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
4 Submitted records on the implementation of the policies and procedures, and report showing the improved water effluent quality to two (2) classifications higher or the highest classification.
2 Submitted records on the implementation of the policies and procedures, and report showing the improved water effluent quality to one (1) classification higher.
1 Submitted records on the implementation of the policies and procedures, and report showing the compliance with the minimum effluent quality classification for the project.

Waste Management

WS-01 Waste Characterization Survey

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Establish policies and procedures for the conduct of waste characterization survey, which should include:
    • Methodology for the survey, which must include information on:
      • Waste sources,
      • Types of waste generated,
      • Amount of waste generated in kilogram (kg),
      • Project user profile,
      • Average waste generated in kilograms per person (kg/person), and
      • Recommendations to improve waste management, which should include:
        • Waste generation reduction,
        • Waste segregation and sorting, and
        • Waste disposal, re-use, and recycling;
    • Periodic conduct of waste characterization surveys,
    • Communicating survey to the project team, external contractors, service providers, and users of the project, and
    • Recording the conduct and outcome of the waste characterization surveys;
  2. Conduct an initial waste characterization survey before implementing BERDE;
  3. Conduct a waste characterization survey after implementing BERDE;
  4. Conduct a final assessment on the effectivity of the policies and procedures.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
4 Submitted the policies and procedures for the survey, and the report on the initial survey conducted before implementing BERDE.
2 Submitted the policies and procedures for the conduct of a waste characterization survey.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
4 Submitted the final assessment on the implementation of the policies and procedures, and waste characterization survey report conducted after implementing BERDE.
2 Submitted the final assessment on the implementation of the policies and procedures.

WS-02 Waste Management

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Prepare waste generation base case for the proejct;
    • If the project targeted WS-01 Waste Characterization Survey, use the result of the initial waste characterization survey as waste generation baseline in kilogram per person (kg/person) for the project; or
    • If the project has not conducted a waste characterization survey, use 0.60 kg/person as the waste generation baseline for the project;
  2. Establish a waste reduction target for the project from the identified baseline;
  3. Establish policies and procedures for the proper management of solid waste in the operations of the project, which should include:
    • Waste management procedures, which should include:
      • Segregation,
      • Collection,
      • Handling, and
      • Disposal;
    • Strategies to divert waste from landfill during operations and potential retrofitting, which should include:
      • Reuse of materials on site or in other sites,
      • Recycling, and
      • Composting;
  4. Implement identified waste management system;
    • Communicate waste diversion and reduction targets, and waste management policies and procedures to the stakeholders of the project;
    • Monitor and record the waste generated upon implementation of the waste management policies and procedures;
  5. Prepare waste generation reduction calculation for the project;
    • If the project targeted WS-01 Waste Characterization Survey, use the result of the final waste characterization survey after implementing BERDE as actual waste reduction in kilogram per person (kg/person) for the project; or
    • If the project has not conducted a waste characterization survey,
      • Use waste generation data for at least twelve (12) months after implementing BERDE; and
      • Calculate potential waste reduction in kilograms per person (kg/person) based on a peak 8-hour shift;
  6. Conduct final assessment on the:
    • Implementation of the established strategies, and
    • Waste reduction and diversion targets.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment identified in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
8 Submitted policy on the target percentage of waste reduction, and the waste management plan with strategies to reduce waste by forty percent (40%) or more.
5 Submitted policy on the target percentage of waste reduction, and the waste management plan with strategies to reduce waste by thirty percent (30%) to less than forty percent (<40%).
3 Submitted policy on the target percentage of waste reduction, and the waste management plan with strategies to reduce waste by twenty percent (20%) to less than thirty percent (<30%).
2 Submitted policy on the target percentage of waste reduction, and the waste management plan.
1 Submitted policy on the target percentage of waste reduction for the project.
0 Submitted waste generation base case report.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
8 Submitted records on the implementation of the waste management plan, final report on the implementation of the waste management plan, and waste generation report showing actual forty percent (40%) or more reduction.
5 Submitted records on the implementation of the waste management plan, final report on the implementation of the waste management plan, and waste generation report showing actual thirty percent (30%) to less than forty percent (<40%) reduction.
3 Submitted records on the implementation of the waste management plan, final report on the implementation of the waste management plan, and waste generation report showing actual twenty percent (20%) to less than thirty percent (<30%) reduction.
2 Submitted records on the implementation of the waste management plan, and final report on the implementation of the waste management plan.
1 Submitted waste generation report after implementing the strategies.

Management

MN-01 Green Building Professional

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to ensure efficient delivery of the application and certification process for projects with the support of a Green Building Professional.

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Identify a Green Building Professional (GBP) who has the following qualifications:
    • For Certified BERDE Professionals (CBP),
      • Undergone and completed the BERDE Professional Basic Training Course,
      • Passed the qualifying examination for CBPs,
      • In good standing; or
    • For GBP under different certification programs,
      • Certified or licensed as a GBP under a certification program for professionals by a member National Green Building Council (NGBC) of the World Green Building Council (WGBC); or
      • Certified or licensed as a GBP by a training institution that complies with ISO 17021: Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.
  2. Employ a GBP specifically for the Project for at least the duration and completion of the BERDE Certification process.

Compliance

The project owner must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted service contract showing employment of a Green Building Professional for at least the duration of the BERDE Certification process.

MN-02 Stakeholder Consultation

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Identify the materially-affected stakeholder for the project, which should include representatives from the:
    • Local community,
    • Members of the project team,
    • Clients and investors, and
    • Users of the project.
  2. Conduct a stakeholder consultation for the operations of the project; and
  3. Record the implementation of the consultation.

Compliance

The project owner must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted reports on the stakeholder consultations and incorporated recommendations from the consultations.
1 Submitted reports on the stakeholder consultations.

MN-03 Previously Certified Green Building

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to recognize projects with continuous commitment to better environmental performance.

Requirement

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Be certified under BERDE; or
  2. Be certified under a green building rating system developed or duly recognized by a member National Green Building Council (NGBC) of the World Green Building Council (WGBC).

Compliance

The project owner must submit the previous green building certificate of the project.

Points Compliance Requirements
4 Submitted green building certificate of the project.

Use of Land and Ecology

LE-01 Improvement of Ecological Features

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Conduct initial assessment on the existing site conditions and ecological features of the project;
  2. Establish policies and procedures to improve the ecological features within the site and its immediate surroundings, which should include:
    • Protecting existing ecological features,
    • Improvements to existing ecological features, which should include:
      • Using native plant species,
      • Integrating green roofs and green walls, and
      • Rehabilitation of natural watercourses and wetland areas;
    • Adopting horticultural best practices, such as:
      • Using non-toxic or less toxic pesticides, and
      • Using preventive pest management measures;
  3. Implement policies and procedures to improve the ecological features of the project;
    • Communicate identified strategies on the improvement of ecological features to the project team, external contractors, suppliers, and the users of the project; and
    • Monitor and record the implementation of the policies and procedures;
  4. Conduct assessment of the site conditions and ecological features of the project, which should include the improvements on the ecological features of the project;
  5. Conduct final assessment on the implementation and effectivity of the strategies implemented.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If there are changes or additional features, products, technologies or equipment will be introduced, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
4 Submitted initial site assessment report, policies and procedures to protect existing ecological feature, and strategies to improve the ecological features in the project.
2 Submitted initial site assessment report, and policies and procedures to protect existing ecological features.
1 Submitted initial site assessment report on the existing ecological features of the project.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

If there are changes or additional features, products, technologies or equipment will be introduced, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
4 Submitted site assessment report showing improvements in the ecological features, and final report on the implementation of the strategies.
2 Submitted site assessment report showing existing ecological features were protected, and final report on the implementation of the strategies.
1 Submitted site assessment report on the ecological features in the project.

LE-02 Landscape Management

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Conduct an initial assessment on the landscape management practices in the project;
  2. Establish policies and procedures for the landscape management of the project;
    • Identify strategies for landscape management, which should include:
      • Landscape waste management, such as
        • Proper handling of waste,
        • Re-use, and
        • Composting;
      • Use of organic pesticides,
      • Use of pest-resistant plants,
      • Hand or mechanical weeding, and
      • Water efficient landscaping, such as
        • Use of greywater for irrigation, and
        • Selection of water-efficient plants;
    • Identify the impacts of the identified strategies in:
      • Energy reduction in kilowatts (kW),
      • Water reduction in liters (L),
      • Waste generation reduction in kilograms (kg), or
      • Improving local biodiversity;
  3. Implement the landscape management plan;
    • Communicate identified strategies for the landscape management plan to the project team, external contractors, suppliers, and the users of the project; and
    • Monitor and record the implementation of the plan;
  4. Conduct a final assessment on the:
    • Effectivity of the established strategies, and
    • Impact of the established strategies.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If there are changes or additional features, products, technologies or equipment will be introduced, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
3 Submitted an initial assessment report, and landscape management plan.
1 Submitted an initial assessment report.

Stage 2

Project team must submit:

If there are changes or additional features, products, technologies or equipment will be introduced, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
3 Submitted records of implementing the landscape management plan, report on impact of the landscape management plan, and final report on the implementation of the plan.
1 Submitted site assessment report on impact of the landscape management plan.

LE-03 Demolition and Construction Activity Pollution Control

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Establish policies and procedures for demolition and construction activity pollution control, which should include:
    • Conducting site assessment before the demolition and construction activities,
    • Temporary and permanent control strategies for:
      • Prevention of erosion brought about by stormwater,
      • Prevention of construction wastewater runoff, and
      • Dust control;
    • Maintenance and inspection, and
    • Monitoring and reporting;
  2. Identify strategies to control pollution from demolition and construction in compliance with Republic Act No. 8749 Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 and Republic Act No. 9275 Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004, and its implementing rules and regulations;
  3. Implement strategies identified to control pollution from demolition and construction;
    • Communicate demolition and construction activity pollution control to the project team, external contractors, suppliers, and the users of the project; and
    • Monitor and record the implementation of the strategies;
  4. Conduct final assessment on the implementation and effectivity of the strategies implemented.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies or equipment identified, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
3 Submitted policies and procedures for demolition and construction activity pollution control.

Stage 2

If there were changes or additional products, technologies or equipment identified, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
3 Submitted records on the implementation of the policies and procedures for demolition and construction activity pollution control, and final assessment report on the effectivity of the policies and procedures.

Transportation

TR-01 Transportation Survey

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Establish policies and procedures for the conduct of a transportation survey, which should include:
    • Methodology for the survey, which must include information on:
      • Trip origin and destination of users,
      • Transportation available,
      • Transportation habits of users during a typical five-day work week,
      • Project user profile, and
      • Recommendations for sustainable transportation for the project;
    • Periodic conduct of transportation survey;
    • Communicating the transportation survey to the project team, and users of the project, and
    • Recording the conduct and outcomes of the transportation survey;
  2. Conduct an initial transportation survey before implementing BERDE;
  3. Conduct a transportation survey after implementing BERDE;
  4. Conduct a final assessment on the implementation and effectivity of the policies and procedures.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
3 Submitted policies and procedures for the conduct of transportation surveys, the report on the initial survey conducted before implementing BERDE, and the identified strategies to improve transportation for the users of the project.
1 Submitted policies and procedures for the conduct of transportation surveys.

Stage 2

The project team must submit,

Points Compliance Requirements
3 Submitted the final report on the implementation, and the transportation survey report conducted after implementing BERDE.
1 Submitted the final assessment on the implementation of the policies and procedures for the transportation survey.

TR-02 Sustainable Transportation Management

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Conduct initial assessment on the transportation requirements of the users of the project;
    • If the project targeted TR-01 Transportation Survey, use the report on the initial transportation survey before implementing BERDE; or
    • If the project has not conducted a transportation survey, review existing policies, procedures, and practices in promoting sustainable transportation in the operations of the project;
  2. Establish strategies for the promotion of green transportation in the project, which should include:
    • Preferred parking reserved for fuel efficient and low-emitting vehicles located at the nearest parking space to a building entrance;
      • Fuel efficient and low-emitting vehicles include:
        • Hybrid vehicles,
        • Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) powered vehicles,
        • Compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicles,
        • Electric powered vehicles, or
        • Vehicles used for carpooling and vanpooling;
      • Preferred parking must be at least three percent (3%) of the total vehicle parking capacity;
    • Provide incentives for users of preferred parking spaces, which may include:
      • Free use of the parking spaces, or
      • Valet services;
    • Bicycle rider amenities, which should include:
      • Secured bicycle parking or storage, which must be:
        • Within 200 meters from the building entrance,
        • One (1) bicycle parking slot or storage per user for at least three percent (3%) of the total users of the leasable spaces, and
        • Minimum of four (4) bicycle parking or storage;
      • Showers and changing rooms in the building, which must be:
        • Within 50 meters from the bicycle parking area accessible by all bicycle parking users at any time,
        • One (1) shower stall per ten (10) bicycle parking or storage,
        • Minimum of one (1) shower stall, and
        • Each shower stall must have an adjacent changing room;
  3. Implement the identified strategies for the project;
    • Communicate established strategies to the project team, external contractors, suppliers, and users of the project; and
    • Monitor and record the implementation of the policies and procedures;
  4. Conduct final assessment on the implementation and effectivity of the sustainable transportation plan.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
8 Submitted report on the initial assessment, sustainable transportation plan, policies and procedures for incentives for preferred parking, plans and specifications for the preferred parking and for bicycle parking and amenities.
5 Submitted report on the initial assessment, sustainable transportation plan, plans and specifications for the preferred parking, and policies and procedures for incentives for preferred parking.
5 Submitted report on the initial assessment, sustainable transportation plan, plans and specifications for the bicycle parking, and policies and procedures for incentives for bicycle parking.
5 Submitted report on the initial assessment, sustainable transportation plan, plans and specifications for the bicycle parking, and policies and procedures for preferred parking.
3 Submitted report on the initial assessment, sustainable transportation plan, and plans and specifications for the preferred parking.
3 Submitted report on the initial assessment, sustainable transportation plan, and plans and specifications for the bicycle parking.
2 Submitted report on the initial assessment, and the sustainable transportation plan.
1 Submitted report on initial assessment of the transportation requirements of users of the project.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
8 Submitted records and the final report on the implementation of the sustainable transportation plan, records on the implementation of the preferred parking and incentives, and records on the implementation of bicycle parking.
5 Submitted records and the final report on the implementation of the sustainable transportation plan, and records on the implementation of the preferred parking and incentives.
5 Submitted records and the final report on the implementation of the sustainable transportation plan, and records on the implementation of the bicycle parking and incentives.
5 Submitted records and the final report on the implementation of the sustainable transportation plan, and records on the implementation of the bicycle parking and preferred parking.
3 Submitted records and the final report on the implementation of the sustainable transportation plan, and records on the implementation of the preferred parking.
3 Submitted records and the final report on the implementation of the sustainable transportation plan, and records on the implementation of bicycle parking.
2 Submitted records and the final report on the implementation of the sustainable transportation plan.
1 Submitted records on the implementation of the sustainable transportation plan.

Green Materials

MT-01 Green Procurement

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to ensure materials procured and used in the project has less environmental impact.

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Review existing policies, procedures, and practices on procurement in the operations of the project;
    • Identify the consumable goods procured for the operations of the project. Consumable goods are purchased by management regularly or are regularly replaced after a maximum duration of one (1) month, such food, office supplies, and cleaning supplies;
    • Identify the average monthly cost of procuring consumable goods based on at least twelve (12) months of data;
  2. Establish target percentage for green material procurement for the project;
  3. Establish policies and procedures for green procurement for the project;
    • Identify green materials for the project, which should include:
      • Materials with recycled content,
      • Non-hazardous materials,
      • Materials with low volatile organic compound (VOC) content,
      • Organic food,
      • Rechargeable batteries,
      • Locally-sourced materials from harvesting, processing to extraction,
      • Certified wood under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC),
      • Certified products under National Ecolabelling Program Green Choice Philippines, and
      • Certified products under labelling programs under the Global Eco-Labelling Network (GEN);
    • Procure at least ten percent (10%) of total materials based on costs for the project as green materials;
  4. Implement the policies and procedures for green procurement;
    • Communicate the green procurement policies and procedures to the project team, external contractors, suppliers, and the users of the project; and
    • Monitor and record the implementation of the policies and procedures;
  5. Conduct final assessment on the implementation and effectivity of the policies and procedures for green procurement.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
9 Submitted report on the average monthly cost for consumable goods, and policies and procedures for green procurement showing target procurement of thirty percent (30%) or more green materials.
5 Submitted report on the average monthly cost for consumable goods, and policies and procedures for green procurement showing target procurement of twenty percent (20%) to less than thirty percent (<30%) green materials.
3 Submitted report on the average monthly cost for consumable goods, and policies and procedures for green procurement showing target procurement of ten percent (10%) to less than twenty percent (<20%) green materials.
2 Submitted report on existing policies and procedures for procurement, the calculation on the average monthly cost for consumable goods, and policy on target percentage of procurement of green materials.
1 Submitted report on existing policies and procedures for procurement, and calculation on the average monthly cost of consumable goods.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
9 Submitted records and final report on the implementation of strategies, and report on actual procurement of thirty percent (30%) or more green materials.
5 Submitted records and final report on the implementation of strategies, and report on actual procurement of twenty percent (20%) to less than thirty percent (<30%) green materials.
3 Submitted records and final report on the implementation of strategies, and report on actual procurement of ten percent (10%) to less than twenty percent (<20%) green materials.
2 Submitted records and final report on the implementation of the policies and procedures for procurement.
1 Submitted records on the implementation of the policies and procedures for procurement.

Indoor Environment Quality

EQ-01 Visual Comfort

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to maintain visual comfort for better productivity, comfort, and wellbeing of the users.

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Conduct an initial assessment on the visual comfort of the users of the project before implementing BERDE;
    • Identify issues and requirements of users of the project related to lighting, glare, and outdoor views; and
    • Identify recommendations to improve visual comfort of the users;
  2. Establish policies and procedures for visual comfort for the users of the project, which should include:
    • Lighting controls,
    • Task-specific lighting,
    • Daylighting,
    • Glare control, and
    • Improved outdoor views;
  3. Implement strategies to ensure appropriate visual comfort levels for users of the project;
    • Communicate established strategies on visual comfort to the project team and the users of the project; and
    • Monitor and measure the visual comfort of the users for at least twelve (12) months upon implementing the identified strategies;
  4. Conduct a final assessment to verify improvement of visual comfort of users.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment identified in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted report on the initial assessment on the visual comfort of users, and policies and procedures to improve visual comfort for the users of the project.
1 Submitted report on the initial assessment on the visual comfort of users.

Stage 2

The project team must:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment implemented in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted report and final report on the implementation of the policies and procedures, and report showing the improvement of visual comfort of users.
1 Submitted record and final report on the implementation of the policies and procedures for visual comfort.

EQ-02 Thermal Comfort

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to maintain the appropriate thermal comfort levels for users.

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment identified in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
3 Submitted report on the initial assessment on the thermal comfort level of users, policies and procedures to improve thermal comfort for the users and identified strategies to ensure appropriate thermal levels and control.
2 Submitted report on the initial assessment on the thermal comfort of users, and policies and procedures to improve thermal comfort for the users of the project.
1 Submitted report on the initial assessment on the thermal comfort of users.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment implemented in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
3 Submitted report and final report on the implementation of the policies and procedures, report showing the monitoring and improvement of thermal comfort of users, and recommendations to improve the strategies and the thermal comfort of users.
2 Submitted report and final report on the implementation of the policies and procedures, and report showing the monitoring and improvement of thermal comfort of users.
1 Submitted record and final report on the implementation of the policies and procedures for thermal comfort.

EQ-03 Indoor Air Quality

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Conduct initial assessment on the indoor air quality of the project before implementing BERDE;
  2. Establish policies and procedures for indoor air quality of the project, which must include:
    • Smoking policy in the project in accordance to Executive Order No. 26, s. 2017, Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environments in Public and Enclosed Places, and
    • Procuring low volatile organic compound (VOC);
  3. Implement the established strategies for indoor air quality of the project;
    • Communicate established strategies on indoor air quality to the project team, external contractors, service providers and the users of the project;
    • Monitor and record the implementation of the strategies;
  4. Conduct a final assessment on the:
    • Effectivity of the established strategies; and
    • Impact of the implemented strategies.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment identified in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
3 Submitted initial assessment report, and policies and procedures to improve indoor air quality.
1 Submitted report on initial assessment on the indoor air quality of the project.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment implemented in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
3 Submitted final report on the implementation of the policies and procedures for indoor air quality of the project, and records on the implementation of the identified strategies.
1 Submitted final report on the implementation of the policies and procedures for indoor air quality of the project.

EQ-04 Microbial Contamination Prevention

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Conduct an initial assessment of indoor environment quality of the project;
  2. Establish policies and procedures to ensure the indoor environment quality of the project, which include:
    • Maintaining of all duct systems to ensure there are no microbial growth;
    • Maintaining of water systems to ensure there are no microbial growth;
    • Providing entryway mats in all public entrances to prevent outdoor pollutants entering the indoor spaces, which must be:
      • Mats, carpets or grilles mounted on the floor,
      • At least three (3) meters distance of travel into the building,
      • As wide as the opening, and
      • Regularly maintained and cleaned to dispose pollutants trapped in the mat, carpet or grille;
  3. Implement the identified strategies to prevent microbial contamination;
    • Communicate established strategies on microbial contamination prevention to the project team, external contractors, and service providers and the users of the project;
    • Record the implementation of the established strategies;
  4. Conduct a final assessment on the:
    • Effectivity of the established strategies, and
    • Impact of the implemented strategies.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment identified in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted report on the initial assessment, and policies and procedures to prevent microbial contamination in the project.
1 Submitted report on the initial assessment on the indoor environment quality of the operations of the project.

Stage 2

The project team must submit,

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment implemented in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted report and final report on the implementation of the policies and procedures for the improvement of indoor environment quality of the project.
1 Submitted record and final report on the implementation of the policies and procedures for microbial contamination prevention.

EQ-05 Green Cleaning

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Review existing policies, procedures or practices for cleaning in the operations of the project;
  2. Establish policies and procedure for green cleaning, which should include:
    • Identifying green cleaning products or services applicable to the project,
    • Procurement of non-toxic or less toxic cleaning materials and products,
    • Proper green cleaning and maintenance procedures, and
    • Proper use of cleaning materials and products;
  3. Implement policies and procedures for green cleaning policy;
    • Communicate established strategies on green cleaning to the project team and the users of the project; and
    • Monitor and record the implementation of the green cleaning policies and procedures at least twelve (12) months upon implementing the identified strategies;
  4. Conduct final assessment on the implementation and effectivity of the green cleaning policy.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment identified in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted green cleaning policies and procedures for the project.
1 Submitted report on initial assessment of existing cleaning policies and procedures.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment implemented in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted records and the final assessment on the implementation of the green cleaning policies and procedures.
1 Submitted records on the implementation of the green cleaning policies and procedures.

Emissions

EM-01 Greenhouse Gas Projection

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Identify a methodology for greenhouse gas inventory for the project;
  2. Implement the greenhouse gas inventory for the project; and
  3. Record the implementation of the inventory.

Compliance

The project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
2 Submitted greenhouse gas inventory report based on the identified methodology.
1 Submitted the methodology of the greenhouse gas inventory for the project.

EM-02 Refrigerants

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to:

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Conduct initial assessment on the refrigerants being used in the project;
  2. Establish policies and procedures to use only non-ODS refrigerants in the project;
    • Identify refrigerants that have no ozone depleting substances (ODS);
    • Establish strategies to continuously monitor, detect, and contain refrigerant leakages;
  3. Implement established policies and procedures for refrigerants,
    • Communicate strategies, policies and procedures to the project team and the users of the project;
    • Monitor and record the implementation of the policies and procedures;
  4. Conduct final assessment on the implementation and effectivity of the policies and procedures.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit:

If the project is not using refrigerants, the project team must submit:

If the project is using refrigerants, the project team must submit:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment identified in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
3 Submitted report on the initial assessment showing no refrigerants were used in the project.
3 Submitted report on the initial assessment, policies and procedures to use non-ODS refrigerants, and plans and specifications for the leak detection system, and specified the use of non-ODS refrigerants.
2 Submitted report on the initial assessment and policies and procedures on the use of non-ODS refrigerants, and specified the use of non-ODS refrigerants.
1 Submitted report on the initial assessment on the use of refrigerants in the project, and policies and procedures on the use of non-ODS refrigerants.

Stage 2

The project team must submit:

If the project is not using refrigerants, confirmation on the absence of refrigerants in the project;

If the project is using refrigerants, records on the implemented strategies should include:

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment implemented in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
3 Submitted report on the final assessment showing no refrigerants were used in the project.
3 Submitted records and final report on the implementation of the policies and procedures for refrigerants, and as-built plans and specifications of the leak detection system.
2 Submitted records and final report on the implementation of the policies and procedures for refrigerants.
1 Submitted records on the implementation of the policies and procedures for refrigerants.

EM-03 Emission Control

Purpose and Intent

This credit aims to provide and implement measures to mediate the emissions from equipment that involve combustion or burning.

Requirements

Requirements for this credit are the following:

  1. Conduct an initial assessment on the emission from the equipment in the project;
    • Identify the equipment that involves combustion and burning which is being used in the operations of the project;
    • Identify the applicable air quality level of the identified source in the project based on the Republic Act No. 8749, Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 and its regulations;
  2. Establish policies and procedures to measure and monitor the emissions from the project, which should include:
    • Identifying the applicable standards for emissions based on source in the project,
    • Identifying strategies to mitigate emissions applicable to the source in the project,
    • Proper maintenance of equipment and emission control systems, and
    • Periodic emission testing of equipment;
  3. Implement policies and procedure to measure and monitor the emissions from the project which includes:
    • Communicate policies and procedures for emission control to the project team, external contractors, service providers, and the users of the project; and
    • Monitor and record the implementation of the policies and procedures;
  4. Conduct a final assessment on the implementation of the strategies to measure and monitor the emissions of the project.

Compliance

Stage 1

The project team must submit,

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment identified in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
3 Submitted report on the initial assessment, and the emission control plan for the project.
1 Submitted report on the initial assessment of the emission from equipment in the project.

Stage 2

The project team must submit,

If there were changes or additional products, technologies, or equipment implemented in the project, the project team must submit:

Points Compliance Requirements
3 Submitted records and final report on the implementation of the emission control plan, and report on emission testing showing compliance with the air quality levels per source.
1 Submitted records on the implementation of the policies and procedures for emission control.