BISCAST, Naga City – The Climate Change Resilient Pilot House (CCRPH) of Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology (BISCAST) has set a new milestone after being accredited by the Accreditation of Innovative Technologies for Housing (AITECH) Committee last December 19, 2017 in Quezon City.

President Dr. Richard Cordial received the Certificate of Accreditation for BISCAST’s low-cost house building system, given by the Office of the President’s Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) through the AITECH committee.

According to the president, the Accreditation Certificate No. 2017-023 gives fulfillment to the whole institution because it recognizes the school’s effort to achieve an innovation in the housing technology.

Cordial said, “In a way, we become a productive member of the Asia Pacific community. We (BISCAST) also feel that we are a contributor to the housing technology of the Philippines.”

He added that AITECH’s certification gives BISCAST the license to share this innovation that can be adapted by housing builders and contractors as well as by our government through their housing projects. The CCRPH becomes a “standard” in the field of housing technology.

Some of the agencies comprising the AITECH Committee are HUDCC, National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Home Guaranty Corporation (HGC), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), etc. Its main function focuses on reviewing applications for accreditation of new and improved technologies which are appropriate for housing and can serve as an alternative to traditional or conventional building technologies.

On the part of CCRPH, its accreditation is limited to the utilization of the technology for one-storey structures with loft. Its validity starts on the day it was awarded and subject to annual renewal.

Just this November 22, 2017, CCRPH has achieved the highest rating of Philippine Green Building Initiative’s (PGBI) which is the KAMAGONG –an equivalent to Platinum Award. It is in connection with the compliance to Geared for Resiliency and Energy Efficiency for Environment (GREEN) Building Rating System. The eight GREEN categories are Energy and the Environment, Sustainable and Responsive Sites, Materials Sustainability, Indoor Environmental Quality, Water and Waste Water Management, Construction Operations and Management, Building O and M Management and Climate Change Resiliency.

Cordial said that CCRPH fulfills BISCAST’s concept of giving solution to the problems of community through applied sciences and technology.  He said it is an answer to the region’s problem as it suffers destruction to houses during typhoons and other calamities.

“This is a way of promoting the idea of solving community problem with regards to houses. We know we cannot directly mitigate climate change so we should focus on adaptation. As an academe, we are responsible in finding solutions on how we can adapt to climate change so let’s start by making a house resilient to typhoons, earthquakes, flooding and drought.”, Cordial said.

The CCRPH is the first climate change resilient house not only in the Philippines but in the entire Asia Pacific region with the advisory of German organization, the GIZ-Nexus.