ArthaLand is making its mark as the Philippines’ foremost developer of green office buildings. It all started last year with the opening of the 31-storey ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower (ACPT) in Bonifacio Global City. ACPT is a multi-award winning Premium Grade office development recognized both locally and internationally. Among others, it was the 5-Star winner for Best Office Architectural Design in Asia at the 2017 Asia Property Awards and the winner for Best Green Development and Best Office Architectural Design at the 2017 Philippines Property Awards. It has received both the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating and the Philippine Green Building Council’s Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) 5-Star certification, the highest and most prestigious categories in both green building rating standards.
Expanding their Footprint with a Signature Office in Cebu
Following the success of ACPT, ArthaLand is currently in the midst of constructing the Cebu Exchange, a landmark business ecosystem at the gateway of the Cebu I.T. Park. Recognized as the Best Office Development in the Philippines by the 2018 Property Guru Asia Property Awards, the Cebu Exchange is envisioned to be the best and biggest single tower green office development in the country with approximately 11-hectares of floor space. On-track for its 2021 turnover, it holds the distinction of being the largest green high-rise in the Visayas and Mindanao region to be on target to achieve dual building certification from both LEED and BERDE.
A New Capital Address for Business and Commerce in Taguig City
Launched within the first quarter of 2019, construction is also already underway for the Savya Financial Center – a Grade A mid-rise office development with a fully integrated retail component. Situated in the highly connected new business district of ARCA South in Taguig City, both the North and South Towers of Savya are designed and built with modern, smart, and sustainable building features, qualifying it for dual certification in both LEED and BERDE, much the same way as all the other ArthaLand offices.
The Value of Sustainability
“When we decided to dedicate ourselves to developing sustainable properties, obviously we were thinking of how the market would receive it being a publicly-listed company. But, it was also a commitment by the major shareholders to attend to the concern for the environment,” said Jaime C. González, Vice Chairman and President & CEO of ArthaLand.
‘Artha’ is a Sanskrit word connoting purpose, knowledge, significance, and wealth. Not just wealth in material terms but, more importantly, in the enduring intangibles such as comfort, health, and happiness. These concepts characterize ArthaLand’s commitment to sustainability.
“That defines our philosophy. It is not just about making money. We want to take care of the environment. We want to leave a lasting legacy behind,” said González.
And being green is paying-off for the Company as there is a rising demand for LEED and BERDE-certified sustainable office buildings, especially among multinational companies, due to their positive impact in saving the environment. Not only that, green buildings also allow businesses and organizations to maximize their operational efficiency, lower day-to-day costs, and provide a healthier, more comfortable, and more productive work environment.
“We are expanding our development space fivefold over the next few years, and each development will be sustainable,” says González. “We are extremely gratified to be known for sustainable, world-class developments, where each project is carefully developed, designed, and constructed to the highest standards in the country.”
ArthaLand is on-track to grow its development portfolio by five times. With several projects in the pipeline, the Company is expected to reach 550,000 sq.m. of gross floor area.