By Bernadette E. Tamayo | Journal Online
PGBC is a set of rules governing building construction based on the best environment-friendly building methods and practices compiled by the DPWH, working in partnership with the private sector and local government units.
“The code is a very important part of our national contribution to the world’s climate change mitigation strategies,” said Marcos, chairman of the Public Works Committee.
The senator also acknowledged the contributions of all stakeholders in crafting the PGBC.
Marcos said unlike a law that needs congressional action to change, the PGBC is subject to the DPWH secretary’s periodic review. It applies to all new construction or alterations of buildings with the following required minimum total gross floor areas: Residential dwellings measuring 20,000 square meters (sqm.); school, office, mixed occupancy buildings measuring 10,000 sqm., and malls measuring 15,000 sqm. It prescribes minimum requirements on energy efficiency, material sustainability, solid waste management, site sustainability, and indoor environmental quality.