Coming soon: Advanced energy, green building tech studies for architects, engineers

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 28 2019 06:21 PM

MANILA - The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) is set to formulate a new curriculum designed to promote the use of advanced energy and green building technologies.

Republic Act No. 11393 tasks the CHEd along with the Department of Energy to develop a curriculum with "focus on design resilience, natural resource conservation, and sustainable design and building practices among others."

Signed on Aug. 22, the Advanced Energy and Green Building Technologies Curriculum Act aims to develop curricula both at the undergraduate and graduate level for architects and engineers.

Advanced energy, according to the measure, refers to technologies and services, recognized as secured, clean, and affordable. These may refer to both emerging and established technologies which are delivering an energy system for the 21st century.

Green building technology meanwhile refers to the application of processes which are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient.

The new law states that the development of a new curriculum would "enable future engineers, architects, and urban planners to incorporate advanced energy and green building technologies in the design of high-performance buildings."

At the graduate level, the CHEd is mandated to develop graduate education curriculum related to advanced energy technology research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities pertaining to energy research and development.

To promote research and development of studies in green technology, the law requires the DOE to contribute funds to the curriculum development activities of CHEd.

CHEd may also award grants for projects that meet the standards of the measure.