One of the upcoming commercial buildings to exemplify commitment to green and sustainable development is the Makati Commerce Tower, a LEED Gold-certified (aspiring for Platinum), Grade A office tower scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2022.
One of the questions asked during Colliers’ first quarter 2022 property market briefing was how office developers will be able to differentiate their buildings given the significant amount of new supply coming into the market each year until 2026. Although there were a number of recommendations pushed forward by our experts, one stood out: going sustainable and green.
In fact, according to Colliers Associate Director and Head of Research, Joey Roi Bondoc, more companies in the Philippines are now looking for sustainable and healthy work environments that will provide confidence for their employees to return to workplaces post-Covid-19 pandemic. “As we start to welcome workers back to the office, we might as well do so on the promise that their health and well-being will be promoted, if not actively protected. One way to do that is to house them in sustainable and green buildings.”
One of the upcoming office buildings to exemplify commitment to green and sustainable development is the Makati Commerce Tower. LEED Gold-certified (aspiring for Platinum), this next-generation Grade A office tower along Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue is now 80% completed and will be ready to welcome its first tenants in the third quarter of 2022. Once completed, this building will become a landmark for innovation and sustainability, affording businesses and occupants highly efficient and sustainable operations for many years to come.
As Makati Commerce Tower’s official leasing partner, Colliers has put together a list of all the wellness and sustainable features that make this one-of-a-kind development truly remarkable.
1. Design that goes beyond aesthetics
The Makati Commerce Tower boasts a number of design features that go beyond aesthetics. An example is the staggered vertical louvers across the façade, which minimize solar heat loading throughout the year. Another example is the use of a green wall, which covers most of the 10-level podium floors of the building. These features provide solar shadings that do not hinder natural ventilation, making the interior cooler and reduces electricity use.
2. Mindful of the green movement
With more Filipinos becoming more concerned about the negative impact of fossil fuel on the environment and rising energy costs, more and more companies in the Philippines are racing to put electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. Although the EV industry in the Philippines in still in its infancy and it might take years before consumers are convinced to switch to cleaner forms of transport, there are sectors that are already preparing for this inevitability, most notably the commercial real estate sector. The Makati Commerce Tower, for instance, upon its completion will feature parking provisions for electric vehicles with their own charging points. This will make parking and charging more convenient for future EV owners, and will help convince more consumers to switch to EVs.
Another green feature of the Makati Commerce Tower is bicycle parking with shower facilities. Not only do these promote forgoing use of fossil fuel–powered vehicles, they will also encourage its building occupants to forgo using cars and lead a more healthy lifestyle.
3. Prioritizing occupants’ health and well-being
One of the most underrated health concerns in commercial and institutional buildings, indoor air quality is often dismissed as nonexistent by many landlords and building managers. But in many cases, indoor air is a lot worse than outdoor air because many illnesses experienced by workers are caused by indoor air pollution. As more and more people will spend a great deal of their time inside office buildings post-Covid-19 pandemic, it is only fitting that their health and well-being will be ensured while within office premises.
The indoor air quality innovations that Makati Commerce Tower will feature are nothing short of impressive and reassuring to its future users and occupants. Among those innovations include sensors to ensure that CO2 levels are in accordance with strict local and international standards; exhaust vents installed across all office spaces, toilets, and storage rooms; dedicated fan coil units to ensure optimal air quality; maintenance of positive air pressure to avoid infiltration of untreated outdoor air; individual thermostat control in order to dial in on the perfect temperature setting for optimal comfort and efficiency; and pre-cooling of fresh air supply, which results in better indoor air quality and higher energy savings.
4. Keeping in touch with touchless technology
Switching to hands-free and touchless technology solutions reduces common touchpoints, which in turn helps safeguard against the spread of disease-causing microorganisms, such as the Covid-19 virus, on surfaces. Many of these technological innovations, especially in elevators and washrooms, will be made available in the Makati Commerce Tower upon its completion. In addition, the building’s elevators and escalators will also feature UV sanitizers to ensure surfaces are free of disease-causing organisms.
5. Energy- and water-saving features
Finally, the Makati Commerce Tower’s green and sustainability features will help tenants and occupants save approximately 26% on energy use and approximately 43% on water consumption, allowing its occupiers sustainable and cost-efficient operations for many years to come. These green and sustainability features will also help companies achieve their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals.