House passes bill on green buildings

February 16, 2019

THE House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill No. 8912 or the proposed “Advanced Energy and Green Building Technologies Curriculum Act.”

Getting 172 votes, the bill principally authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo seeks to authorize higher education curriculum development and graduate training in advanced energy and green building technologies.

The measure underscored the need to prioritize  education, science and technology, as well as support the country’s educational institutions in their efforts at initiating and implementing curriculum development activities that shall lead to socioeconomic progress and technological management.

“The bill would help in preparing the next wave of design and construction professionals to improve the energy efficiency and productivity of our nation’s buildings,” Speaker Arroyo said.

The measure mandates the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), in consultation with the Department of Energy (DoE) and CHEd-recognized HEIs, to develop a curriculum in advanced energy and green building technologies at the undergraduate and graduate levels, which shall focus on design resilience, natural resource conservation, as well as sustainable design and building practices, among others.