Accreditation for Green Buildings: LEED

By Yves De-Luis

There is increasing awareness and support to saving the planet. This makes LEED certification increasingly meaningful. LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system,  providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built, using strategies aimed at improving performance; across energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
To be able to be LEED certified, the building must adhere to a set of specific energy principles and features.  These include:

by Yves De-Luis

In 2009, Bridgebury Realty Corp, an affiliate of the Zuellig Group, announced that it will be investing 7 billion Peso for the construction of the Zuellig Building.

The Zuellig Building, to be completed by Q1 2012, is located in the Makati Central Business District, at Makati Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas, on a lot area of 8,285 square meters. The 33 storey structure is a premium, commercial, single-owner office building, with 55,000 square meters up for lease to multi-tenants as well as lease of PEZA office space.

KMC Solutions Opens Serviced Offices in Fort Bonifacio

KMC Solutions, a sister company of Makati-based real estate brokerage firm, KMC MAG Group, recently opened a 1,050 square meter business center in Fort Bonifacio, Metro-Manila. This business center was specifically created to cater to the unique needs of Philippine companies looking to avail of seat rentals and serviced offices in major Metro-Manila business districts. KMC’s business center also targets foreign-based multinational companies setting up business operations in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. The office complex, located at the 20th floor of the Picadilly Star Building in 4th Avenue corner 27th street, Bonifacio Global City, boasts affordable rental rates and exclusive amenities, including Internet-enabled workstations, VOIP PBX for local and international calls, high-tech security systems, on-site technical support and complimentary beverages, among others.

Philippine BPO: Exploring Metro Manila’s Cyber Parks

Cyber Parks (Techno Parks, IT Parks, Ecozones) are ideal destinations for setting up a BPO or call center in the Philippines. Outsourcing companies prefer to locate business operations inside technoparks, mainly because of the large number of tax incentives and government exemptions available in these areas. Businesses established inside IT Ecozones are eligible for numerous benefits, including income tax holidays from 5-8 years, permanent residency status to foreign-based business owners and investors, as well as the payment of 5% tax on gross income after the company’s income tax holidays have expired. Government exemptions on capital equipment, the employment of foreign nationals, and gross income remittances are also readily available to foreign and locally-owned BPO companies in these areas. Metro Manila, considered as one of the top BPO destinations in the world, is home to a large number of these Cyber Parks, some of which include the Eastwood City Cyber Park in Libis, the McKinley Hill Cyber Park near Fort Bonifacio, UP-AyalaLand Technohub in PHILCOA, and the Northgate Cyber Zone in Alabang.

Seat rentals are an ideal option for start-up BPO companies and call centers in the Philippines. Not only are they cost-efficient and user-friendly, seat rentals also enable companies to reduce capital expenditures, while focusing on the more important aspects of the enterprise. Seat rentals are purchased on a monthly basis and do not require prior contractual agreements. This makes it a convenient option for companies looking to set-up business operations within a short period of time, minus the legal hassle. As the Philippine BPO industry continues to grow and develop, the demand for seat rentals in business districts like Makati, Ortigas,Fort Bonifacio and Manila is increasing at a rapid rate. There are a large number of alternative seat rental options available to BPO companies and call centers in the Philippines, including plug and play solutions, desk and cubicle offices, and many others.

Office Space Solutions: Serviced Offices in Makati and Manila, Philippines

Serviced offices offer a much needed convenience to foreign and local companies setting up business in the Philippines. These offices usually come fully-furnished, and are equipped by a separate facility management company. The managing company purchases the individual desks, office space, and operating equipment, then rents them out to client companies. Also referred to as executive suites, managed offices, business centers, or executive centers, serviced offices boast a large number of benefits, including plug and play options, prominent business adresses, and flexible short term contracts. These types of offices often have more flexible rental terms, compared to conventional leased office space, which are subject to more restrictive leases. Additional office space is easily allocated within short notice, making it more convenient for client companies in general, should a particular business change in size. Serviced offices are also more cost-effective, owing to the fact that client companies do not require to set aside capital for start-up costs and solicitor’s fees.

Office Space in Makati

Office Space for Lease in Makati

Whether you choose the central business district (CBD) or a more affordable option, there are many office buildings located very close to public transportation and in very safe areas. These are perfect buildings for any call center, contact center, IT and other BPO company in Makati, Metro-Manila.

Selecting the appropriate commercial office space is important in any country, but even more so in Makati and Metro-Manila.   Major considerations are tax incentives with PEZA (which can depend on the geographic location of your office space) and employees. A desirable place of employment for your local employees is a must in the Philippines. The most desirable office space for Filipino young professionals is located in office buildings on Ayala Ave, Makati’s Central Business District.