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This building is the world’s 1st Zero Carbon building

ARTHALAND Century Pacific Tower (ACPT), Arthaland Corp.’s flagship office development, received the Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) certification for being the Zero Carbon building, making it the first and only triple-certified green building to date. Arthaland Corp is Philippines’ leading real estate developer known for adhering to both local and global green norms. The building is already the recipient of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating from the US Green Building Council and the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) 5-star rating from the Philippine Green Building Council. EDGE is a building certification system innovated by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, in an effort to meet the need for a measurable solution to provide the financial case for green buildings.

The office building was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) of New York, architect of One World Trade Center in New York City. This building is designed in collaboration with Filipino architectural firm, GF & Partners Architects Co.

At 31 stories, the building provides 21 floors of office space, including two tall executive floors, a large public lobby, a public cafeteria, and a multilevel parking facility that extends above and below ground. The tower also features a rooftop garden terrace, offering panoramic views of Fort Bonifacio in Manila.

Designed to be fully transparent to the outside, the lobby features full-height, ultra-clear glass on three sides, while a marble floor and walnut wood ceiling add texture and warmth to the interior. The uniquely detailed facade system of overlapping glass conceals the podium-level parking facility and gradually changes in appearance with the building’s height. The design provides optimal solar control, allowing for additional shading to the south and west. The project incorporates additional technologies designed to maximize energy efficiency—high-performing insulated glazing units with a low-e coating and frit pattern allow for a reduction in both lighting and cooling costs. Rainwater collection and low-flow fixtures also contribute to the building’s LEED® Platinum status and BERDE certification (a green building rating system in the Philippines).(Source: SOM).

The office space provides maximum efficiency and flexibility, allowing for multiple types of occupancy. The core is situated at the building’s rear, which opens up the office floors to maximum sunlight and uninterrupted 270-degree views. The project also supports alternative forms of transportation by providing a maximum number of parking spots for energy-efficient vehicles, integrated bicycle storage, and access to public transportation and bicycle networks.

The building is projected to achieve 45% in energy savings, 64% in water savings, and 34% in embodies energy in materials, exceeding the standards set by EDGE. Furthermore, according to Arthaland, the 30-storey office tower uses 100% hydroelectric energy supplied by the Pantabangan-Masiway Hydroelectric Plant of First Gen Corporation. ACPT’s energy-saving features include higher thermal performance glass, reflective paint on the roof, efficient lighting fixtures with occupancy and daylight sensors, an energy recovery system, and a Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) Cooling System.

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