A 30-storey Taguig office tower has been designated as the world’s first Zero Carbon building. The environmentally-friendly credentials of the Arthaland Century Pacific Tower (ACPT) – one of the flagship projects of Arthaland Corp, a Metro Manila headquartered sustainable developer – were recognized by the award of an Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) certificate, making it the world’s only triple-certified green tower.
The EDGE is only awarded to buildings with at least 40% energy savings and 100% renewables on-site or off-site. The tower, located in Taguig’s Bonifacio Global City, is actually expected to exceed the certified levels and deliver 45% savings in terms of energy, 64% in terms of water and 34% with regard to its use of energy saving materials. According to the developer, the tower also uses 100% hydroelectric energy and has a number of additional energy-saving features, including higher thermal performance glass, reflective roof paint, lighting fixtures equipped with occupancy and daylight sensors, an energy recovery system and a Variable Refrigerant Volume Cooling System.
Prior to the completion of the tower, ACPT was already the recipient of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating from the US Green Building Council and a five-star rating for Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) from the Philippine Green Building Council.