Philippine president Joseph Estrada attends unveiling of green building

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Manila, Philippines (4E) – Former Philippine president Joseph Estrada graced the inauguration of the first LEEDS-certified office building in San Juan City, one of the cities comprising the capital of the Philippines, on Monday morning.

Estrada, San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez, Congressman Joseph Victor Ejercito and top executives of property developer Hantex Land Corp. together cut the ceremonial ribbon for the the newly-constructed BTTC Centre along Ortigas Avenue.

BTTC Centre is the first office building in the city, which is Estrada’s hometown, to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-level pre-certification for core and shell from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

LEED is an internationally-recognized rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. It was developed by the USGBC.

The 12-storey structure was developed by Hantex Land Corp. with ADGO Architecture and Design as the architect and CB Richard Ellis Philippines (CBRE Phils.) as the leasing agent and property manager.

The green components of the BTTC Centre are built-in sewerage treatment plant that recycles rain and waste water, water fixtures and fittings that reduce water consumption by at least 50 percent, double-glazed glass windows that reduce cooling requirements while maximizing natural daylight, carbon monoxide and dioxide monitoring system, and landscaped greenery.

The building promises occupants energy savings, lower operational costs and healthy indoor air quality.

Also attending the inauguration of the BTTC Centre were other officials of San Juan City government and businessmen. The event was capped by a traditional Chinese dragon dance and a lunch reception at the building’s function room.

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