In the next step towards promoting sustainability, First Balfour has decided to install a 100 kilowatt peak (kWp) solar rooftop in its Corporate Office in Sucat, Paranaque City. The 400-photovoltaic module system was energized in November 2016 in time for the company’s 47th anniversary. The solar rooftop is expected to generate an average of 144,900 kilowatt-hours annually. This will reduce the facility’s power consumption costs by 33% every month.
Being the very first BERDE-certified facility in the Philippines, the First Balfour Head Office is also equipped with a rainwater harvesting system and energy-efficient lighting. The Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) Program is developed by the Philippine Green Building Council as an appropriate response to the Philippine building industry’s need to proactively address the negative impacts of climate change.