Filinvest City, the 244-hectare premier central business district in Alabang, has been recently awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED v4 Gold for Neighborhood Development (LEEDv4 ND) certification.
It is the first CBD in the Philippines and one of the largest in Southeast Asia to surpass the world’s most rigorous green building rating system and earn such recognition.
LEED is run by the prestigious non-profit US Green Building Council, which recognizes designs that are environmentally responsible from construction to maintenance.
“LEEDv4 ND certification is the gold standard for green neighborhood design and is used to measure the sustainability of communities around the world,” said Dean Barone, sustainability consultant and director of Manila-based Barone International.
“The USGBC recognized Filinvest City for its commitment and dedication into building ecologically responsible infrastructures, sustainable community, urban innovation, and its unwavering promise to giving back to the community,” Barone said.
Josephine Gotianun-Yap, chief executive officer of Filinvest Alabang Inc., said Filinvest City’s vision has always been to create a future-ready CBD.
Even before the global pandemic struck, Filinvest Cityzens had a foretaste of the new normal. Through the future-ready masterplan, which has been in place for years, and the resilience of the business and residential communities, Filinvest City managed to minimize the pandemic’s impacts.
Ease of movement and physical distancing are not a new requirement. Filinvest City’s pedestrian-friendly neighborhood encourages walking, jogging, and cycling along its dedicated bike lanes in conjunction with wide, shaded sidewalks to promote health and wellbeing while maintaining physical distancing.
Filinvest City also strives to cater to diverse needs of the Cityzens where a quality range of residential options, retail centers, and community hubs are available for every lifestyle, with public and private hospitals and government institutions nearby.
Each of the nine districts within the City is designed with complete live-work-play components.
The City has its own Emergency Response Group and Crisis Management Team, together with its own Central Emergency Command Post.
Residents, employees, and guests have easier access to health care with the hospitals and wellness centers.
Filinvest City has designated more than 30 percent of its total land development for green open spaces, where people can experience and enjoy nature. This, Yap said, sets the City apart from other CBDs in the country.
Its urban planning and design likewise demonstrate smart growth with walkable streets and extensive public parks, which include the now completed Spectrum Linear Park and the soon to be completed Central and Creekside Parks. The lush natural landscapes support native vegetation, nourished by recycled water captured on the site to eliminate the use of potable water for irrigation.
With the certification, the City proved that it embodies the sustainability principles, such as smart growth and new urbanism by lowering its operating costs and raising its asset value, reducing waste sent to landfills, conserving the use of energy and water, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, among other nature-positive activities. Guided by these principles, companies and businesses that choose to put up buildings at Filinvest City will have a higher chance of getting LEED-certified because the neighborhood itself is a LEED Gold CBD.
Apart from enhancing livability in its properties, these measures have proven economic benefits that influence property values and attract investors. As the only true garden city in the Philippines, Filinvest City’s compound annual growth rate has been more than 20 in the last ten years.