MANILA – Dunham-Bush recently announced the launch of green air-conditioning solutions in the Philippines, opening new opportunities for developers and building owners to leverage on sustainable energy to cut costs and reduce the size of their carbon footprints.
Ice and solar thermal energy systems (TES) for air-conditioning make use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, the “twin pillars” of sustainable energy.
“We believe that the Philippine market will find great potential in our solutions. The time is right for building and infrastructure owners and developers to consider long-term investments that will permanently reduce their operating expenses – in this case, power requirements. In addition, companies are now very aware and concerned about their responsibility to prevent climate change and the exhaustion of natural resources,” said William Guido, chairman of D.B. International Sales & Services (DBI), the exclusive Philippine distributor of Dunham-Bush green cooling solutions.
Dunham-Bush’s Ice-Cel TES is being used in buildings such as Greenbelt 5, TriNoMa, Serendra, and 168 Mall. The system meets the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system for the most energy efficient technologies by creating and storing ice in an insulated tank in the evenings, and then using this ice for air conditioning during the daytime. Through this process, Ice-Cel minimizes a building’s greenhouse gas emissions as well as its electricity cost.
The solar TES created by Dunham-Bush partner company SOLID GmbH takes a different approach by utilizing solar panels to absorb solar energy, and then converting this into electricity for the air-conditioning system. During the hottest part of the day, when the most power is consumed for cooling, the solar TES is at its most effective since solar energy is also at its peak. This solution won SOLID GmbH the Best Renewable Energy Company of the Year at the 2006 Asian Power Awards.
“We are proud to supply Philippine buildings with these innovative sustainable technologies, which are milestones in bridging the needs of modern urban living with environmental responsibility. In today’s complex, resource–constrained and connected world, if we don’t have a strategy for sustainability, we don’t have a strategy for business,” said Guido.