Robinsons Land gets second EDGE certification for Cyberscape Beta

RL Commercial REIT (RCR), the real estate investment trust sponsored by the Gokongwei family’s Robinsons Land Corp., earned its second EDGE certification – this time for its office tower Cyberscape Beta.

The certificate for Cyberscape Gamma was awarded by the Philippine Green Building Initiative Inc. (PBGI) after an assessment of its audit report which showed how the building design allows it to conserve energy and water.

EDGE or Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies is an international green building certification system that focuses purely on energy, water, and embodied energy in materials for a quantitative approach to sustainability.

An innovation of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, EDGE was created to respond to the need for a measurable and credible solution to prove the business case for building green and to unlock financial investment.

“Philippine Green Building Initiative Inc. wishes to extend our congratulations to RL Commercial REIT, Inc. upon achieving final EDGE certification for Robinsons Cyberscape Beta in Pasig City, Philippines,” said PBGI chairman and president Engr. Leandro A. Conti.

“Our assessment confirms the auditor’s report that Robinsons Cyberscape Beta’s resource-efficient design will result in reductions of 34 percent in energy, 36 percent in water, and 83 percent in materials’ embodied energy compared to a local base case,” he noted.

For his part, RCR president Jericho Go said the latest EDGE certification is “another milestone in our commitment to find the most efficient way to build and operate our office towers.”

“The company and its tenants are firmly resolved to contribute significantly in the conservation of precious resources while enjoying cost savings from the reduced consumption of energy and water through the use of more efficient facilities and materials,” he added.

Cyberscape Beta is able to save 34 percent on energy consumption through the use of high-performance glass and window glazing which lets in light but blocks heat, a fresh air pre-conditioning system, efficient interior and exterior lighting, power correction factor, as well as the re-use of existing materials for its walls, roof, and floors.