Tags: Energy Efficiency, renewable energy
The RoGBC member company ProLogis announced yesterday it has formed a Global Renewable Energy Group to procure new business, manage installations and provide development management services for renewable energy projects globally.
“Even through the challenges of the global recession we are finding more ways to create additional value from existing assets,” said Walt Rakowich, chief executive officer at ProLogis. “We are excited to announce the formation of this group, which will enable us to expand upon the proven success in wind and solar projects we already have demonstrated in five countries across Europe, Asia and North America.”
In addition, ProLogis announced a new, 4.8-megawatt (MW) solar project to be installed on eight of its rooftops at ProLogis Park Sant Boi in Barcelona and ProLogis Park Alcalá in Madrid, Spain. ProLogis completed its first solar installation in France in 2005, and now has solar installations on 20 buildings covering 669,000 square meters of roof space.
“Upon completion of the new project in Spain, we will have more than 11 MW of solar installations on our rooftops, which is enough energy to power more than 1,100 homes per year,” said Jack Rizzo, chief sustainability officer for ProLogis.
ProLogis has signed a lease agreement with Recurrent Energy, a distributed power company and a leading provider of solar energy, for 180,000 square meters of roof space in Spain. Recurrent will use the roof space to host its solar installation, and will sell the energy produced to the local utility company through a feed-in tariff. ProLogis will provide construction management services in addition to receiving roof rental fees. Construction is expected to commence in October 2009.
Tags: Energy Efficiency, EPBD, Green Building, Legislation
Anca Bieru, Membership & Public Affairs Director for the RoGBC, met yesterday in Brussels with Adriana Ticau, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), to lobby for the position of the RoGBC regarding the new Directive for Energy Performance in Buildings (EPBD).
Representatives of the Council and WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme Romania have written a position paper addressed to the MEP Adriana Ticau, with the purpose of encouraging the progressive position of the European Parliament in the Trialogue Negotiations starting this month to obtain an agreement on the recast of EPBD.
The message of the position paper is one supporting the adoption of an “ambitious recast of the Directive, as it resulted from the European Parliament vote” and the idea of maintaining an inter-institutional negotiation.
The organizations signing the paper positioned that “a fast agreement should not be reached to the detriment of the content.” Also, the two parties agree that “priority should be given to adopting an ambitious EPBD that contributes to savings of more than 5% of the total EU CO2 emissions and 6% of EU final energy use.”
The text of the position paper is available for reading here.
RoGBC signs position paper “Romania and Climate Change Policies – Economic Stimulus from a Green Economy”September 19, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Posted in Events, Legislative Outreach | Leave a comment
Tags: buildings, climate change, conference, Energy Audit, Energy Certification, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, GBC, Green Building, Green Building Council, green buildings, LEED, Legislation, Legislative Outreach, renewable energy, strategy, sustainability, sustainable architecture, Sustainable Development, WWF
The Romania Green Building Council (RoGBC) along with WWF Danube-Carpathian Romania, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Association of Energy Auditors for Buildings (AAEC) signed a shared position paper, regarding the measures that should be taken in order to encourage energy efficiency. The document, entitled “Romania and Climate Change Policies – Economic Stimulus from a Green Economy”, draws the attention on the economic opportunities associated with the implementation of environment policies, especially in the construction field. Some of the opportunities highlighted are the reducing energy costs, ensuring energy safety, raising comfort and creating new jobs.
In addition, the position paper underlines the necessity of immediate action in order to move towards a greener economy and explains that the practical measures to be applied do not represent budgetary costs, but investments towards a sustainable development. .
The position paper is available for reading here.
Photos are available here.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bucharest announced today the launch of the Green Club Crowne Plaza, open starting September 10, 2009.
Complimentary membership is offered to all members of the Romania Green Building Council. The benefits include the following:
- Events & Banqueting Package
- 15% discount on food and beverage
- Free room hire for up to 20 people
- Free LCD projector, Flipchart and Screen
- Free copies and faxes
- Free internet connection
- Free use of the business centre
- Designated person during the whole event
- Access to meeting room the evening prior to the event (upon availability)
- 72 hours booking preference (upon availability)
- 2 free parking tickets for every 10 people
- Restaurant, Room Service and Bar
- 15% discount on food and beverage (inclusive Catering)
- Free parking for the day of consumption
- Special prices on Crowne Plaza promotions like New Year’s Eve dinner, Christmas Brunch, Easter Brunch and others.
- 15% off the “Best Flex” rate (room only, Best Available Unrestricted Rate) upon availability, at Crowne Plaza Bucharest Hotel; to find the respective rates, you are invited to access the hotel website: www.crowneplaza.com/bucharest
- “Fit & Fun” Health Club
- 15% discount on memberships of 6 months and 12 months.
All benefits are offered upon presenting the Membership Green Card. The Membership Green Cards are released ONLY to the RoGBC Members. For membership cards and further details, please contact Crowne Plaza: Mrs. Melania Secuianu at +40(0)21 224 00 34 or +40(0)727 341 925 and Irina Frumuselu at +40(0)21 202 11 07.
Tags: Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, sustainability, Sustainable Development
While the European Commission decided to gradually phase out traditional incandescent and halogen light bulbs from the market, by prohibiting retailers from buying them after September 1st 2009. BauMax Romania could have chosen to purchase large quantities of the old bulbs to make a quick profit from those customers hoarding the product. They chose instead the commendable position to offer a “buy back” program of incandescent in all of its stores, cease promoting the older product, and ensure the return products are properly recycled.
Until the 30th of September 2009, all bauMax stores in Brasov, Sibiu, Cluj, Targu Mures, Craiova, Suceava and Bacau, will take part in a “buy back” campaign. More precisely, bauMax clients will receive support for renewing their home illumination systems and endow them with energy saving light bulbs. Practically, for each incandescent light bulb brought in any of the bauMax stores, the clients receive a 1 RON discount from the selling price of every Philips economic bulb purchased.
BauMax representatives state that this initiative is intended to raise the Do-It-Yourself client’s awareness regarding the continuous necessity of saving energy, but it is also a tool for communicating bauMax’s commitment to protecting the environment.
All matte incandescent bulbs will be phased out from the market starting September 2009, to encourage their replacement with energy saving, high efficiency light bulbs. The incandescent bulbs already in the stores will still be displayed and legally sold until the stock is cleared.
Tags: Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Green Building, Green Building Council, green buildings, green cafe, meeting, sustainability, sustainable architecture, Sustainable Development
Plans for the RoGBC’s high performance, multi-purpose green building continued as member companies gathered to hear updates and provide input at an information session on Wednesday. Steve Borncamp provided an update for the RoGBC’s project. The aim for the project includes developing an exemplary building that the RoGBC will use as its office, exhibition and training space for green building solutions, a library for sustainable construction, and a reading room and café open to the public. Space will be made available for auxiliary offices and meeting facilities that our members will be able to use according to their needs. An offer of office space for incubating new green tech businesses would be included in the design and strategic plan.
Hannes Guddat of soap architektur GbR, delivered a comprehensive presentation on the many design and technology options available for sustainable buildings and his experience with demonstration projects. He explained their work with the Technical University of Darmstadt award-winning “Solar House” and a “Plus Energy Home” demonstration building whose energy efficiency and green energy production created a net-positive contribution of energy.
Further meetings will be announced on our website, this blog, and in our members’ newsletter. Next steps include solicitations from member companies for project planning guidance and completion of the next version of the project description document.
Tags: Green Building, Green Building Council, Star Dome
The annual event „Expopastoralis” will take place between the 11th and the 13th of September, in Rucar, Arges county. This event involves several thousand people, most of them from an area including the attractive tourism destinations Bran, Moeciu, Sirnea, and the city of Campulung Muscel and its neighboring area. The media visibility of the event involves several transmission hours in the local television (Muşcel TV), plus occasional transmissions from other TV stations. The local authorities are interested to be positioned on the touristic map in Romania and could collaborate for future green positioning on their area.
The member company Star Dome is demonstrating its prototype located in the immediate proximity with the stadium where the event takes place, at roughly 50m from the stage, with direct access to the stadium. The prototype will be exhibited throughout the period, with free public access.
Star Dome is offering to the member companies of the Romania Green Building Council the possibility to provide brochures for the event that will be displayed without cost. Companies can also arrange a larger display of banners, products and/services solutions (within the limits of an outdoor area of 500 sqm, and an indoor area of 40 sqm) and should contact Star Dome directly to discuss the arrangement and potential costs.
In addition, the Rucar Star Dome prototype can become a permanent open platform for demonstration and testing of various green solutions and materials, as well as an exhibition place with the occasion of the regional and local events, in particular, the annual „Expopastoralis”.
Please contact Mr. Florin Dobrescu, at +40(0)723 612 174 or email@example.com to discuss all details. Everyone, of course, is invited to attend the Expo in Rucar!
Tags: Crowne Plaza, ecological garde, ecology, garden, hotel, RoGBC member
The Crowne Plaza Hotel has implemented its own program to save the environment, called “CONSERVING FOR TOMORROW”. The Management has decided to implement an Ecological Garden with vegetables and herbs which will not be chemically treated.
The Ecological Garden is situated in the green area from the back of the hotel and contains the following products: Green Salad, Chili Pepper, Celery, Cauliflower, Mint, Basil, Savory, Egg-Plants, Leaves of Green Garlic, Lovage, Cabbage, Tomatoes.
The main idea of this program is to bring something extra to all the Crowne Plaza dishes, by using 100% ecological ingredients.
Tags: Energy Audit, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, EPBD, event, Legislation, Legislative Outreach, meeting, sustainability
The capacity of Romania to meet the EU requirements regarding the energy performance of buildings
When: 22-23 October 2009
Where: Bucharest, Parliament Palace, Nicolae Balcescu room
Organizers: the Association of Energy Auditors for Buildings (AAEC) in collaboration with Commission of Industries and Services, with the support of the Chamber of Deputies.
It is a two day conference that will discuss the following:
- the technical regulations and legislation regarding the building energy audit, at a national and international level
- the institutional capacity of Romania to promote the energy efficiency of buildings
- the financial tools (national and EU) and banking products available for energy rehabilitation of buildings
- the building energy audit
- the architectural solutions available for the energetic rehabilitation of buildings, and other technologies available for energy efficienc buildings
- the use or renewable energy sources in buildings
- the impact of the Energy Performance Certificate on the real estate market
- the involvement of the society in the reduction of the energy consumption and the environment protection
- relevant aspects from the activity of the building energy auditors.