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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUSTAINABILITY THINK TANK SHARES INSIGHT ON HOW TO MAKE BERDE A PART


OF EFFECTIVE POLICY

MAKATI CITY, Philippines. – January 26, 2010 – The Building Green – the Government Forum ends
today with Sustainability think tank Ecotektonika, Inc. sharing insight on how to make BERDE a tool to
develop public policy.

Ecotektonika, Inc. President, and former Chairman of the Advocacy Committee of the USGBC-
Maryland Nestor Arabejo outlined the environmental legislation passed in the Philippines in the past
decade, highlighting that no legislation was enacted that specifically addressed the built environment.

“Currently there are hundreds of existing national environmental regulations in place, a lot of
Presidential Directives issued, ongoing legislative actions in the Senate and Congress and City and
NGO initiatives, directly and indirectly dealing with green buildings.” Mr. Arabejo said. “There needs
to be a holistic framework that addresses all of these. BERDE addresses and encourages uptake from
both public and private stakeholders which makes BERDE an ideal policy development tool for
government” he added.

BERDE is developed to be part of industry’s strategy to help address the negative impacts of Climate
Change. According to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate
Change, the building sector is the largest emitter of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) and has the largest
potential to reduce GHG emissions.

The Government Forum brought together the green building champions from government, industry and
the academe to discuss issues and challenges in making BERDE an effective green building policy
development tool.

The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) and the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) co-
hosted the Building Green – the CEO Forum. Building Green is the conference series initiated by the
PHILGBC to open the dialogue on sustainability in the property sector.

BERDE was released today for comment to incorporate the expertise and insight of PHILGBC
members.

The nation’s leading companies and organizations participated at the Forum. The Forum was chaired by
City Net Secretary General, Ms. Mary Jane Ortega.

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About the Ecotektonika, Inc.

Ecotektonika is an award winning sustainability and design firm of architects, planners, designers, consultants and support staff. Our work is based on a
philosophical foundation rooted in sustainable development. We serve clients from our offices in Makati City, Philippines and in Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.

To provide our clients with the best service, the firm uses and open design team approach to optimize project delivery across all types and scales. Typically
serving as design team leaders working on a wide array of projects and building types, Ecotektonika adds unique value by integrating rigorous analysis and
design synthesis. Our solutions to architecture, planning and community design problems range across scales from the minute architectural detail to the
region as we examine the economic, ecological and social responsibility.

About the PHILGBC

The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) is a national not-for-profit organization that promotes the sharing of knowledge on green practices to
the property industry to ensure a sustainable environment.

As an alliance of national leaders from both the public and private sectors, the Philippine Green Building Council shall take the lead in ensuring that industry
designs, builds and operates buildings in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner that will pave the way for the Filipinos to live, work and play
in safe, healthy and productive environments. For more information about the PHILGBC, you may visit http://www.philgbc.org/

About the BERDE

BERDE – The Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence is the National Green Building Rating System developed by the PHILGBC.
BERDE is developed by a non-partisan forum composed of the nation’s leaders in industry, professional institutions, academe, and government. This forum
shall be the stage in the ongoing debate on how to measure a building’s sustainability credentials. BERDE will help in determining the correctness of the
claims of the project proponents

BERDE shall be a consensus driven; third party certification, monitoring and verification scheme that will enable all property market players to benchmark
against a single green building rating system, thus leveling the playing field.

BERDE will guide decision makers in industry in designing, constructing and operating greener buildings. Businesses will use BERDE as a recognizable
environmental branding tool that will enable property buyers easily identify buildings that are performing environmentally well.

Contacts: To learn more about Ecotektonika, Inc. please contact:

ROWENA RAMOS
(+632) 8970045, (GMT+08:00)
weng@ecotektonika.com
http://ecotektonika.com

Philippines Suite 308, Margarita Bldg.,JP Rizal US A 19 Diana W ay, U S P a rtn e r Co mp a ny M e mb e rs h ip


corner Cardona Streets, Makati City, 1210 North East, MD, USA , 21901
Voice (632) 897-0045 Voice (001)4439826376
Email corporate@ecotektonika.com
Web http://ecotektonika.com