ROBINSONS Land Corp. (RLC) said its Giga Tower received a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold certification, which is in line with the company’s goal to incorporate sustainability features in its existing and future office projects.

“As the leading office building developer in the Pasig-Quezon City area, we are committed to building greener office towers and apply for LEED certification for these ongoing and upcoming Metro Manila projects, as well as some provincial offices,” RLC Senior Vice-President and Business Unit Manager Jericho P. Go said.

LEED provides companies with a framework for sustainability features in design, construction as well as operations and maintenance.

Located in the company’s Bridgetowne Destination Estate, Giga Tower is the fourth RLC building to receive a LEED certification.

The company said it restored a third of Giga Tower’s building site via native or adapted vegetation in a bid to promote biodiversity within the project.

Meanwhile, all the paving and roof areas of the building’s covered parking area comply with the Solar Reflectance Index.

Giga Tower has multiple energy-saving features. The building’s LED lights, double-glazed façade, and its parking area’s daylight sensors lead to lower energy consumption with a 9.5% energy cost savings.

Meanwhile, it also has an installed energy meter and energy sub-meters for energy management.

Giga Tower has low-flow and low flush plumbing fixtures, which allows indoor water use to be reduced by as much as 45.9%.

“There is also marked waste reduction due to the building’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) which includes compartments for mixed paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, metals, batteries, and electronic wastes,” RLC said.

The tower also makes use of non-CFC refrigerant (R-410A) to reduce stratospheric ozone depletion.

Meanwhile, three other developments in the estate are also LEED-certified. Robinsons Tera Tower received a LEED Gold certification, while Robinsons Exxa & Zeta Towers secured a LEED Silver certification.

Bridgetowne’s GBF Towers 1 and 2 are also gunning for a LEED Gold certification, while RLC’s Cybergate Iloilo Towers 1 and 2 are aiming to be LEED-certified.

RLC is planning to make use of renewable energy sources and have rainwater harvesting facilities be incorporated in its future office developments.

“In select existing office buildings, we will explore the possibility of installing rainwater harvesting facilities to reduce water consumption for cleaning and watering of plants,” Mr. Go said.

On Thursday, RLC shares at the stock exchange declined 1.55% or 30 centavos to close at P19 apiece. — Keren Concepcion G. Valmonte