COUNCILOR Ian Mark Nacaya has filed a proposed ordinance providing for the green building regulations of the city.
This is in line with the Local Government Code, which mandates all local government units to ensure and support, among other things, the preservation and enrichment of culture, promote health and safety, enhance the right of people to a balanced ecology and preserve the comfort and convenience of their inhabitants.
The councilor said the purpose of the ordinance is to promote the public health, safety and welfare by assuring that residential, commercial, and civic development is consistent with the city’s goals of supporting and promoting a more sustainable community by incorporating green building measures into the design, construction and maintenance of buildings thereby improving the efficiency of buildings in the use of natural resources, contributing to the global efforts in reducing the Green House Gas emissions and minimizing impact of buildings on health and environment through Green Building Regulations.
The green building measures included in the proposed ordinance are designed to increase energy efficiency in buildings, encourage/promote water and resource conservation, reduce waste generated by construction projects.
It is also designed to provide durable buildings that are efficient and economical to own and operate, improve indoor air quality and occupant health and contribute to meeting the nation’s and the city’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas production and emissions.
The proposed ordinance provides the creation of a Technical Working Group headed by the Office of the City Building Official. It shall conduct study and research, recommend measures that promote resource management efficiency and site suitability, among others. (sp)