Revisions to the National Building Code of the Philippines
Development of Revisions of the National Building Code of the Philippines and its implementing rules and regulations to Mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction from November 2015 to present. This project aims to review the building code and current regulations. Consultations with different stakeholders including building owners, building professionals, building contractors, building officials, representatives from national government agencies are conducted to discuss issues on building design, materials, services, sites, and administration and implementation of the code. The main recommendation is to revise the building code in the form of a new legislation. Revisions of the implementing rules and regulations were also coordinated with the Department of Public Works and Highways. The Building Resilience Report: Proposing Policy Interventions for the Resilience of Our Buildings, Houses and Structures was submitted. Currently, information and education campaign materials are being prepared and assistance for DPWH to implement the recommendations is being conducted. The project is funded by the World Bank.
DFA Unified Consular Design Excellence Program for Foreign Service Buildings
DFA Unified Consular Design Excellence Program for Foreign Service Buildings from 2015-2016. Another involvement of BRS was with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) thru the National Engineering Center (NEC) as the implementing agency in conducting a study on the unification of the design of different consular offices in the ASEAN region. It is pursued through the DFA Unified Consular Design Excellence Project. The study took off from an inventory and survey of the current existing chanceries and consular offices abroad, including the Ambassadors’ residences, and capped off with a Facilities Management Training for the foreign affairs offices. This survey focused on how the current Foreign Service Offices were conducting operations on their workspaces through field observation. Site selection guidelines, design guidelines, and design templates were the output of the said project.
Alternative Building Materials and Systems