Arthaland's multi-certified green office building to banner IT sector growth in Cebu

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Cebu Exchange

June 24, 2022

Cebu Exchange, ARTHALAND’s flagship development at the gateway of the Cebu I.T. Park in Cebu City, is on track to be the largest net zero carbon certified building in the country. Housed within this Grade A development is approximately 11 hectares of gross floor area that delivers a wealth of sustainability and wellness-oriented features fit for high profile companies seeking to expand operations in the South East Asian region.

“Thoughtful and deliberate from design to execution, Cebu Exchange will raise the bar on how IT centers of the future should be. Occupants of this development will find great advantage in its health, wellness, and productivity features that are most relevant to our times,” said Jaime C. González, Vice Chairman and President of ARTHALAND.

Smart, Sustainable, Health and Wellness-Oriented

Keeping up with the salient needs of today’s market, Cebu Exchange is committed to deliver state-of-the art building features, especially those that relate to connectivity, cost efficiency, security, sustainability and, the health and well-being of its occupants.

For connectivity, Cebu Exchange features a vast and reliable network of fiber optic pathways with redundant risers which ensure seamless, uninterrupted, and high-speed data connection from multiple internet service providers, best for collaborative corporate cultures operating on agile speeds.

Keeping true to its promise of cost efficiency and operational savings, Cebu Exchange uses energy-saving air-conditioning, energy-efficient lighting, and low flow water plumbing fixtures. The building’s design also employs double glaze glass windows, lessening the energy requirement for air conditioning by dissipating the outdoor heat coming in. In addition, this ensures that indoor temperatures are always temperate, to give comfort to occupants.

These green features allow locator companies to save up to 40% on electrical and water consumption, translating to an estimated P2,200 ($42.30) savings per square meter per year. For a 500 sq.m office space in Cebu Exchange, this translates to an estimated P1.1 million ($21,154) in savings per year.

With public health more important than ever, Cebu Exchange’s highly efficient air filtration system that improves indoor air quality brings peace of mind. Green open spaces featuring various indigenous plants are abundant and accessible within the building. The Terrace Garden, Sky Park, and Penthouse Deck provide over 2,600 sqm of open vegetated space encouraging physical and mental wellness for individuals. Like other ARTHALAND developments, it will also have its own Potager Garden providing occupants easy access to healthy, sustainably grown food.

No touch technology for plumbing fixtures, elevators are also present to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Same principle was applied with the setting up of a virtual concierge that lessens human exposure while still maintaining a personal, face-to-face interaction through video. .

For hassle-free navigation, Cebu Exchange’s full destination control elevator system programs the number of passengers per elevator and then efficiently directs them to the elevator cars that will lead them to their floor destinations. This building also features 25 sets of high-speed elevators to avoid long waiting times and overcrowding in elevator cars and lobbies.

Cebu Exchange also has a sophisticated Fire Detection and Alarm System that helps minimize risk and allow for early detection and immediate response. It incorporates digital technology that transfers information from the more than 3,000 smoke and heat detectors inside the building to the main control panel as binary code. This is a big step-up from the conventional hardware-based system that uses analog technology.

Being a multi-certified green building, Cebu Exchange uses 100% renewable energy. In the event of power outage, the building is equipped with 100% back-up power and N+1 redundancy. This creates multiple tiers of power resilience that best complement business continuity agendas.

A Highly Desirable Address

Over the years, Cebu City has grown to become the location of choice by BPOs, KPOs, e-commerce companies, and multinationals, veering from the steep occupancy and operational costs in Manila. This preference towards Cebu City is attributable also to its highly skilled talent pool and superior regional accessibility, with its lineup of existing and upcoming government infrastructure. In 2020, the city was named 12th most attractive BPO destination by the Tholons Global Innovation Index which takes into consideration five factors, namely: talent, skills, and quality; business catalyst; cost and infrastructure; risk and quality of life; and digital innovation.

Best for companies scaling up, Cebu Exchange has the ideal spaces to meet the needs of modern locators. It has large floor plates of up to 5,150 sq.m., maximized column spans for efficient floor layouts and flexible unit cut-ups.

“Cebu Exchange offers its locators and tenants the ability to operate at highly productive rates while maintaining low operational costs and encouraging an employee-centric culture where physical and mental wellness ranks top most. Moreover, the forthcoming completion of this new landmark development will address the lack of PEZA-accredited buildings in the country, most especially in Cebu, a highly-preferred location for business,” said Andy Gomez, Executive Director, Occupier Services at at KMC Savills Inc.

With Cebu Exchange being proclaimed as an IT Center, PEZA-registered IT Enterprises who make the move enjoy additional benefits such as income tax holidays and additional deductions, exemption from payment of import duties and taxes on imported machinery and equipment and raw materials, permanent resident status for foreign investors, employment of non-resident aliens required in the operation of IT Enterprises, and other incentives.

Multi-Certified and Internationally Recognized

Cebu Exchange has been Pre-Certified Gold for the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), has garnered the highest 5-Star rating for its design given by the Philippine Green Building Council’s Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE), has been pre-certified under the International WELL Building Institute’s WELL Building Standard (WELL™) and is also registered and on track for the International Finance Corporation’s (a member of the World Bank Group) Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE®) certification.


ARTHALAND is the foremost green and sustainable developer recognized by both local and global organizations for sustainability, wellness, high quality, f and superior design. It has made its mark in the Philippine real estate industry by pioneering the development and management of exceptional best-in-class properties that adhere to international and local standards for premium green projects. For more information  about Cebu Exchange, call +63917 77 ARTHA (27842), e-mail, or visit The Cebu Exchange is located at the gateway of Cebu I.T. Park, along Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City.

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