Just like other growing metropolis in the world, Cagayan de Oro is becoming more of a concrete jungle. More and more buildings are being constructed that pose environmental threats and make huge contributions to climate change.
Pioneer House CDO, the business headquarters of Pioneer Insurance here in Mindanao has answered all these concerns. Built with meticulous design, this 7 storey building has achieved the highest level of certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the US Green Building Council, issuing body of LEED certification (USGBC). It is the second building in the Philippines to receive platinum certification for Core and Shell Development in this prestigious internationally recognized certification system. Zuellig Tower in Makati got the first recognition in 2013.
With this remarkable achievement, Pioneer Insurance launched Pioneer House CDO last Friday, August 7, 2015. The event was graced by Insurance Commissioner Emmanuel F. Dooc, Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno, Pioneer Insurance Chairman David Coyukiat, and Pioneer Senior VP Sally Ong Pac, to name a few.
Having been built in Velez Street, Mayor Moreno emphasized the historical value of the location of the building which stands across City Central School and Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School, two of the oldest educational institutions in Mindanao. The mayor also pointed out the strategic location of Cagayan de Oro as the gateway of the entire island with all cities that are just within 500 kilometers away making CDO an ideal place for business.
What is LEED?
LEED measures how well a building performs using several metrics, including: energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emission reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources. The rating systems provide an accurate framework for identifying green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.
Sustainable and Innovative Features:
Pioneer House CDO takes pride of the following features :
Uses recycled water from an on-site water treatment and rainwater harvesting strategy for 100% of the property’s irrigation needs and flushing requirements.
- Bicycle storage racks and shower rooms are provided to allow building occupants the option of riding bicycles going to work.
- Provides a green roof that has allocated areas for various plant species, as well as natural infiltration, which minimizes runoff during rain
- Highly reflective roof that reduces heat island effect and helps decrease energy use
- Installation of double glazed windows that combats energy loss, improves thermal comfort, and reduces noise
- Energy efficient air conditioning system without the use of harmful refrigerants
- 90% of the building occupants have a view of the outdoors and 75% have access to daylight
- Installation of an energy and building management systems that provide monitoring of energy use for individual systems to analyze future disintegration of efficiencies
- LED lights to increase savings on electric power consumption
- Implements the Green Cleaning Policy which uses sustainable Green Seal certified products
With those facilities, Pioneer House CDO has made the difference. Prior to the existence of this building, all the rainwater on its site were drained to the streets and added to the city’s flood water. Today, the rainwater harvesting strategy of Pioneer House CDO has utilized rain and lessened the floodwater especially along Velez Street.
Pioneer Insurance, one of the oldest insurance companies in the country is no longer just an institution that protects the financial welfare and security of its clients. With its LEED building in Cagayan de Oro, it has also extended its arms of making a greener and more livable community.