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LEED benefits UnionBank through sustainable banking

UBP Sustainability Team | Jan. 29, 2019

According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED-certified buildings have 34% lower CO2 emissions, consume 25% less energy and 11% less water, and have diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an international standard for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance structures that are healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. This certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. And USBGC recently awarded six UnionBank branches in Cebu with its Gold certifications, bringing the total number of certified UnionBank branches in the Visayas to nine.

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The branch maximizes return of investment (ROI) from savings on energy, water, resources, and generates less waste and cost less to operate.

– Claudette Tan, Branch Manager, UnionBank Cebu-Subangdaku

The Minglanilla, Lipata, North Drive, Subangdaku, A.S. Fortuna, and Sumilon Rd. branches join the Mactan New Town, Time Square, and Tacloban branches in leading sustainable banking practices in their part of the Visayas.

LEED projects tend to achieve high standard of design and construction in terms of energy, water, waste and environment; unlike non-LEED projects, LEED aims to achieve beyond the conventional building construction practice which results to very efficient and comfortable built-in environments.

– Michael Ochoa, LEED Green Associate

Apart from resource efficiency, LEED certification also focuses on a structure’s impact on its occupants’ health, well-being and productivity by promoting indoor environmental quality (IEQ).

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Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) factors such as lighting, air quality, thermal comfort, acoustics, building cleanliness, daylight, and outdoor views have a direct impact on health and stress levels.

– Carmelito Tatalonghari, USBGC-accredited green building expert

Having a sustainability agenda in place, the Bank is committed to lessening its impact on the environment while promoting a healthy workplace at the same time. In recent years, UnionBank has been able to reduce its overall environmental impact, and this initiative is already reaping benefits. The Bank’s unique approach resulted in better operational performance compared to other LEED projects.

Ochoa also explained how UnionBank takes the pursuit of sustainable banking a notch higher: “What separates Union Bank’s approach to LEED is the aggressiveness of the company to achieve most of the LEED credit requirements. Unlike other companies, UnionBank aims beyond the minimum standard of Green Buildings.”

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Take this video tour to see UnionBank’s version of sustainable banking!

LEED provides UnionBank a ready-guidelines for designing and building our facilities environment-friendly while promoting the well-being of our people. We continue to make sustainability a vital aspect of our operations especially with the benefits we reap from the green standards.

– Montano Dimapilis, Facilities Management Head, UnionBank