UnionBank Sustainability Team | April 24, 2019
UnionBank’s McKinley West (Taguig City) and Legazpi City (Albay) branches have received their LEED Gold Certification under the LEED v4 Interior Design + Construction standards for retail buildings. This brings the bank’s total number of LEED-certified branches to 10 in Luzon.
LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the foremost program for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings and the LEED Gold Certification, in particular, is earned based on the number of points achieved.
UnioThe construction and design strategy for UnionBank branches focuses on achieving LEED credits on Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials, and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design, and Location and Transportation. More than the physical green building, the well-being of our employees and customers is also a primary consideration.
UnionBank currently has 20 LEED Certified projects, one of which is Platinum—the highest possible certification awarded to LEED projects.
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Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, UnionBank demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of its bank branches.
– Mahesh Ramanujam, President & CEO, U.S. Green Building Council
The Bank attests to the benefits of LEED including reduced utilities consumption and positive feedback from team UnionBankers and customers.
“Healthy and environmentally friendly practices in the branch facilities promotes good impression to our clients”, UnionBank Legazpi Branch Manager Grace R. Balde said. “It also provides a good working condition to us UnionBankers as the workplace is more comfortable.”
“Operating in a LEED branch means that we are resource efficient and we use environment-friendly products, it means that we have a healthy building,” added Mary Jay Ann Gatchalian, UnionBank McKinley West’s Acting Branch Manager.
As we power the future of banking, we are mindful to make sure that we also limit our impact on the environment. We are committed to promoting sustainable operations and continuing to apply LEED standards in greening our branches.