Levy Canaleta

Title of Master Project: Integrating Resilience in the BERDE Rating System and in the Philippine Green Building Code


In 2015, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) established the PGBC as the referral code of the National Building Code on sustainable designs. As a code, PGBC is a mandatory regulation hence, if integrated with resilience and when adopted skillfully, its impact can change the building environment rapidly and extensively.   Though some of the provisions in  Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) and the Philippine Green Building Code (PGBC) inherently promote resilience, most are still tied to the reduction of energy resource consumption. This Capstone Project analyzed how to explicitly integrate resilience concepts in the two. The reviews from the other international rating systems Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE), DGNB, and RELI, which are known as among the world’s most resilient, will help achieve the objective.  Their reviews will be contextualized against the country’s legislations and the country’s geographic and tectonic conditions; to come up with recommendations for the integration.