International green building development with RoGBC & Professor Stuart Brodsky, New York University

March 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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On the 18th March, ROGBC headquarters had the pleasure of hosting the conference of Professor Brodsky, DirectorStuart_Brodsky_professorof the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment in The Schack Institute of Real Estate, New York University School of Professional Studies and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Sustainable Built Environment. The lecture was build upon the ideea of green construction and real estate developement in the U.S.

The discourse path followed :

  • to point out the context offered not only by the U.S. Building Stock, but also by the climate situation – the last one, coordinated by measurements and statistics regarding both the energy consume process and the rate of GHG emissions -;

  • the accomplishments display of the certification systems LEED and ENERGY STAR – using the comparative study and the observation analysis through time of both systems limitations;

  • the critical and comparative presentation of a suite of sustainable mechanisms, among witch : energetic codes, equipement standards or selection criterias of certification systems, as LEED and ENERGY STAR;

  • choosing and explaining the relevant market drivers both from non-governmental and governmental environment;

  • and also attaching the recomended tools in the new construction process.

The up-to-date , good study and good observation of the green construction subject in the U.S. left under analysis and documentation the similar and the distinctive situations from Europe.IMG_7970

Cundall presentation on Green Buildings in Romania

September 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Events, Member Projects | Leave a comment
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Alec Stewart - CundallFor the last 3 years Cundall have celebrated the World Green Building Council’s “World Green Building Week” providing sustainability seminars in many of their global locations.   This year, they presented in Bucharest and have made their presentation available for your review.  Take a look!

Cundall presentation on Green Buildings in Romania

Liberty Technology Park Cluj was granted the first BREEAM Major Refurbishment certificate with a „Very Good” rating in Romania

September 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Certification, Member Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
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Liberty Technology Park Cluj received on the 4th of September the final BREEAM International certificate (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method).

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The 1st BREEAM certificate for major refurbishments ever received in Romania

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It’s the first BREEAM certificate for major refurbishments obtained by a building in Romania, proving thus the developer’s wish to create a project that uses all its resources to offer exceptional comfort and amenities to its residents. Moreover, the BREEAM assessment indicates the concern for capitalizing the industrial heritage, whilst contributing to Cluj-Napoca’s recent history and encouraging the development potential of the sites’ vicinities. The developer’s objectives were, in many ways, exactly the same as the BREEAM requirements.

The industrial heritage that came along with buying the Libertatea furniture factory included 5 buildings. During the first stage of the development, delivered in December 2013, buildings B and C were refurbished. These offer a total of 5 600 sq m occupied by class A offices and a restaurant. At the moment developments for the second stage of the project are ongoing, revitalizing buildings D and E, offering a total of 13 412 sq m.

 

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The developer’s initial intention was to keep and ingeniously use all the resources offered by the former factory, to recycle all that is to recycle, giving thus life to a new ecosystem, built on the remains of the former, without eradicating it completely and rather by putting to good use all that it has to offer.

September 9, 2014 at 10:00 am | Posted in Training | Leave a comment

Aphoto 2 really interesting training day about green buildings was held last Friday at the Romania Green Building Council headquarter.

For those interested in this new field in Romania, in the GBPro training platform they can find information about certifications or  how residential project developers can qualify for Green Mortagage program.
For a closer look at issues related to green projects we will expect to our  next workshop  Qualifying projects for a Green Mortgage.

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Winners of the 5th edition of RoGBC Green Awards

June 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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Thursday, June 12th, during the Green Building Awards Gala, held at the Faculty of Building Services, UTCB, Romania Green Building Council has announced the winners.unnamed (1)

The awards took into consideration all companies doing business in Romania and building projects that have been completed by December 31st, 2013 and, for the Green Building Project of the Year category, have entered the energy performance certificate as required by the Romanian law 372/2005.

Thank you to all those who submitted entries!

We would also like to thank our jury of experts who reviewed the merits of each entry through comprehensive and engaging discussions.

This year’s jury consisted of:
• Andreas Laspadakis – General Manager, Etem Systems
• Cristian Popescu – CEO, Cofely Romania
• Dragos Riti – Head of Construction Departament, Erste Group Immorent
• Eugen Goldhammer – Consultant eficienta energetica
• Silviu Ginju – General Manager, Strucon Proiect
• Elena Rastei – Sustainability Specialist, Institutul de Ecoinovare
• Andrei Botis – General Manager, Nai Romania
• Rodica Margarit – Business Development Manager, BASF

The winners of the 5th edition are:

Green Building Project of the Year – Floreasca Park (Portland Trust)
Sustainable Company of the Year – Studium Green
Green Product Innovation of the Year – Charging stations for electric vehicles (E-Motion Electric)
Green Service Provider of the Year – E-Motion Electric
Green Building Education Initiative of the Year – The Faculty of Building Services, UTCB
Government Initiative of the Year – Alba Iulia City Hall

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The RoGBC awards are hand made reusing  

salvaged materials from a window factory.

 

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Cluj-Napoca – The City of Green Buildings

May 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Posted in General, Training | Leave a comment
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We proudly announce that September 8th to 14th, 2014 will bring you the first autumn school programme, exclusively dedicated to green buildings. This event is called „Cluj-Napoca – The City of Green Buildings” an10363124_658754324201021_6859589987609069462_nd has been specifically conceived for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, within fields such as architecture, construction or civil engineering. Cluj-Napoca is among the first cities in Europe to offer a tax deduction for green buildings, which renders „The Heart of Transylvania” the perfect environment for our event.

“Cluj-Napoca – The City of Green Buildings” is organised by The Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, The Faculty of Building Services, ASFIC (Faculty of Building Services of Cluj-Napoca Students’ Association), RoGBC (Romanian Green Building Council), SHARE Federation and our most recent partner, E.ON Romania.

We are all aware of how important green buildings are when it comes to a large number of factors such as the environment, energy consumption levels and urban development. Moreover, modern man spends 90% of daily time inside a building, so the quality of that building is essential to well-being.

With that in mind, we strongly believe that by properly educating future architects and engineers with respect to green buildings, which have already proved their positive impact on our lives, we can actively contribute to building a bright and secure future via sustainable development.

The event was launched along with the 4th edition of the Cluj-Napoca Days, which takes place during May 23rd to 30th, 2014 and this year’s theme is multiculturalism. For three days, part of our team represented “Cluj-Napoca – The City of Green Buildings” within the Youth Corner set up in the Museum Square. Passers-by were attracted by our “Insta-Fun”, a multifunctional prototype, which is based on the idea of creating a system that makes it possible to observe the use and transfer of solar energy to various devices.

A full set of information regarding this event is available on the webpage: http://thecityofgreenbuildings.asfic.ro

 

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Green Home Pavilion Concept and ECOPACK

May 13, 2014 at 9:07 am | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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tniecoThe concept of planning TNI Green Home Pavilion aimed the exposure as expressive sustainable solutions for constructions. The benefits of sustainable design exceed the issues related to environmental protection and come in the effective economic solutions. The concept of planning the pavilion is organic, which uses simple materials, recyclable or reusable for delimitation of four areas: presentation, discussion area, exhibition of new technology and modular exhibition. Each area of  pavilion was adapted for the exhibitors by using solid-shaped signal.

For the production of Green Home Pavilion, were chosen recyclable materials as wood and corrugated , provided by Ecopack collaborator RoGBC, which created contrast with standard stands. In this way, Green Home Pavilion was easily to find at the fair because of it’s design based on ecological principles.

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Can I have a green house?

May 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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The visitors of the National Real Estate Fair helped us to answer the question: Can I have a green home?”. We have used an interactive green panel to send the message with our intention to educate those interested in building sustainable houses.

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Green Home Pavilion at TNI, May 2014

May 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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Last weekend, from Friday to Sunday, RoGBC was present at the National Real Estate Fair with a booth used by its partners as exhibition space systems and products for green building. Among partners: Zest Collective, ALUKÖNIGSTAHL, E-MOTION, SIP PANEL TECHNOLOGIES, Studium Green, EfdeN, ECOPACK, Arta Gradinilor, BuildIN, Energinomics. Together we tried to answer the question:

Can I have a green house?

A green home requires as little impact on the environment both in terms of construction, building materials and energy used in its operation. At the moment it is not easy to build a “green” building. This would involve the use of special construction materials, renewable energy or energy very cheap for cooling, lighting and hot water production. Last but not least, a green home architecture is specifically designed for use within the natural advantages of the place in which it is built. Impossible? Certainly not, but most important is to try to minimize the effect it will have on future home environment. And on your budget!

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Voluntary Certification for Green Buildings in Romania

April 1, 2014 at 10:52 am | Posted in Training | Leave a comment
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At the end of March we had the great pleasure of having Elena Rastei in Bucharest – Sustainability Researcher at the Institute for Eco-Innovation |LEED & BREEAM Specialist at EcoVision Consulting

Elena Rastei is an environmentalist and sustainability specialist with over four years of expertise in green building certification systems and resource efficiency at both national and international levels. Some of her current LEED and BREEAM projects include Studium Green Campus, Romania Green Building Council -offices in Bucharest and Cluj Napoca, Vision and De’Longhi Romania.

The course lasted one day and the goal was to explain and educate the participants in the international voluntary certification for green buildings buildings.

Some of the topics discussed by Elena are:
– How to become LEED , BREAM or Living Building Challenge assessor (what are this certifications).
– Assessment Procedures
– Comparison between LEED and BREAM
– Reviews for communities (less known in Romania)
– Case Studies and practical exercises

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