ANGELES CITY – Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) has reaffirmed its commitment to environmental sustainability after the Bank’s branch in Angeles City, Pampanga also earned a LEED Gold certification.
Developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is an internationally recognized standard for green buildings that promote a healthy, durable, affordable and environmental practice in building and construction.
The Angeles branch is the third UnionBank branch to get LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Two other branches – the Olongapo branch and Tacloban branch – previously earned LEED Platinum and LEED Gold certifications, respectively.
According to Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC, the LEED certification earned by the Angeles branch shows “tremendous green building leadership.”
“LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize the built environment by providing everyone with a healthy, green and high-performing buildings. The Angeles branch serves as a prime example of how the work of innovative building projects can use local solutions to make a global impact on the environment,” Ramanujam said.
Meanwhile, Angeles branch manager Shirley Canlas said clients and employees will both benefit from the clean air and harmless surroundings.
“This in turn increases our productivity. We become more efficient if our place of work is comfortable and pleasant,” she said.
Earlier this year, UnionBank officials vowed to continue building and operating more LEED-certified branches in the future.