By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has signed a law authorizing higher education curriculum development and graduate training in advanced energy and green building technologies.Republic Act No. 11393, known as “Advanced Energy and Green Building Technologies Curriculum Act,” aims to prepare concerned professionals to become skilled in the design and construction of green or high-performance buildings.
“The State shall endeavor to provide assistance to higher education institutions in preparing the next wave of design and construction professionals as well as the existing pool of architects, engineers, landscape engineers and architects, and planners all over the country, to become adept in the incorporation of advanced energy and green building technologies in the design and construction of green or high-performance buildings,” the law read.
Under the law, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) must develop a curriculum on advanced energy and green-building technologies at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The curriculum will focus on design resilience, natural resource conservation, and sustainable design and building practices, among others, to prepare students in the design of energy efficient and durable buildings.
A green building or high-performance building must use all forms of renewable energy; efficiently uses energy, water and other resources; provides good indoor or environmental air quality; uses sustainable, ethical and nontoxic materials; adopts pollution and waste reduction measures; employs a design that adapts to a changing environment; and considers environment-friendly design, construction and operation.
The Department of Energy (DOE) will also help the CHED in curriculum development activities in advanced energy and green building technologies. The CHED chair must also consult with the Energy secretary when preparing solicitations and awarding grants for projects.