LANDBANK Head Office is first in the country to earn LEED v4 Gold Rating

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

LANDBANK Executive Vice President Julio D. Climaco, Jr. receives the LEED v4 Gold Certificate for the LANDBANK Plaza from Ecosolutions President and CEO Engr. Felipe Agustin (second from right). They are joined by (from right) LANDBANK Vice President for Facilities and Procurement Services Dina Melanie Madrid, Accredited Professional of LEED for BO+M Arch. Kristina Samantha Pobre, Ecosolutions LEED Green Associate Arch. John Paul Efe, LANDBANK Facilities Management Department Head Ramil Remillano and Architect Christine Joy Laroza.

The LANDBANK Plaza in Malate, Manila was recently conferred with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 Gold Certification. This makes the Bank the first in the country to receive the latest version of the certification under the “Building Operations and Maintenance (BO+M): Existing Buildings” classification.

LANDBANK is also the first government-owned and-controlled corporation with a facility awarded an LEED certification for Existing Buildings, while its head office remains one of the country’s top seven pioneering projects that have been successfully certified.

Designed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is the most widely used green building rating system to assess environmental compliance in terms of sustainability, energy conservation, water reduction, air quality and materials, and resources.

“LANDBANK has remained consistent in incorporating environmental management practices in all aspects of our operations, services, and decisions. This LEED v4 Gold Certification is thus a welcome recognition of our continuing commitment to implement green practices and to lower our environmental impact,” said LANDBANK Executive Vice President Julio D. Climaco, Jr.

Improvements implemented by the Bank include: (1) reuse of treated water from Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) for cleaning/ washing of pavements and exterior areas of the building; (2) replacement of existing water meters and sub metering to improve water consumption monitoring and quick resolution of leakage or misuse; (3) installation of  energy-efficient lighting fixtures in all work areas; (4) replacement of defective air condensing units to more energy-efficient equipment; and (5) provision of alternative transportation for employees through e-jeepney service vehicles.

Since the implementation of these and other innovations, the LANDBANK Plaza saw substantial decrease in water and electricity consumption, while cost savings increased.

The Bank also implements building exterior and hardscape management, environmentally preferred purchasing policy, integrated pest control management, solid waste management, and green cleaning programs, among other policies and practices.

Since 2004, LANDBANK has maintained an Environmental Management System (EMS) at par with global standards, with its head office and 39 of its branches now ISO 14001:2004-certified while EMS good practices are consistently implemented across all of its branches and field units.