Small event – big success: October Green Cafe

October 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Events, Training | Leave a comment
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“Sustainable landscape design uses techniques, which sometimes seem outdated in a world, where everything can be seen with a click and imported in a heart beat. The discovery of what the local has to offer and observing, rather than giving things a quick fix, are the new frontier” Katja PerreyKP Landscapes.

With almost 30 people attending our most recent edition of the RoGBC Green Cafe, we are proud to announce we have broken our Green Cafe attendance record. The presentation held by Katja Perrey, RoGBC member and lecturer for the evening, proved that Romania has both the need and the opportunity to develop a sustainable landscaping sector.

For those interested, but unable to attend, here is a short preview of the atmosphere at the event.

RoGBC member company wins prestigious green building contest…again!

October 19, 2009 at 7:29 pm | Posted in Events, Green Building Projects, Member Projects | Leave a comment
Technical University - Darmstadt's winning entry with Energate windows

Technical University - Darmstadt's winning entry with Energate windows

I was browsing the EcoSolutions section of CNN’s website when I read a very interesting headline… “Germany nabs second Solar Decathlon win”.

One of our member companies, Energate, has provided passive house quality glazing for  the University of Darmstadt’s entry for Team Germany in the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Solar Decathlon” – an international contest highlighting energy efficiency construction integrated with green energy.     The company joined the RoGBC last year, participated in our Sustainable Construction Materials training, and is advising on our exemplary building project.

Click here to read the CNN post.

Congratulations Energate!

– Steve

“Ora verde” (TMCTV) picks up the green building topic

October 6, 2009 at 10:31 am | Posted in News from Members | 3 Comments
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photoLast week, RoGBC member companies CEMS, Jetrun and West Group Architecture, represented by Corina Truica, Adrian Moisa and Adrian Cristescu, discussed about the advantages of building green on Money Channel’s TV show “Ora Verde”.

Other exciting topics focusing on the business side of green building are in store for the viewers of “Ora Verde”, every Friday (20.00), Saturday (07.00) or Sunday (09.00) on Money Channel TV.

Lobbying for adoption of a strong EPBD

October 5, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Posted in General, Legislative Outreach | Leave a comment
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The key points that were made in both meetings I had in Brussels for presenting our position paper on a stronger EPBD are:

1. Lobbying at national levels in other EU countries  – to representatives from national Ministries is not inefficient – there are still negotiation on the position of the Council of Ministers.  The Council of Ministers is the most rigid institution in the trialogue and challenged important provisions from the current version of the Directive – such as common methodology for calculation, verification of inspection report and of the energy performance certificate (these only from the discussions that were made so far – on half of the amendments)
2. European Parliament is not in a hurry. Ms. Ticau said she won’t make a compromise on a weak Directive and if agreement is not obtained by December they will start the normal co-decision procedure that might take some time. The European Parliament (EP) wants to have an agreement soon, but not in the detriment of the content. Strong points that EP doesn’t want to make a compromise on – common methodology for calculation, setting energy efficiency requirements for building components , fiscal and financial measures to support the implementation of the Directive, net zero energy buildings.

3. Another important point – if the three institution fail to reach an agreement by December – the process might take much longer afterwords (Ms. Ticau was saying that some Directives are discussed in the Council for years).

The opportunity we have now is that the three institutions that are now negotiating – European Parliament, Council of Ministers, European Commission feel some pressure from achieving an agreement before Copenhagen – to demonstrate leadership in the negotiation there.

RoGBC decided to ask the other Green Building Councils in Europe (18 organizations) to start lobbying heavily at their national level for their governments to support an agreement at the EU level on a strong EPBD. This would help creating the needed market conditions all over EU for developing energy efficient buildings and rehabilitating the existing ones.


Ecological Insulation form Naturalpaint

October 3, 2009 at 8:43 am | Posted in News from Members | Leave a comment
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prod_thermoRoGBC member Naturalpaint announces the release of a new series of ecological products: hemp insulation materials, shaped as mattresses and rolls.

The  Thermo-Hanf® products are made in Germany and are considered high quality materials, distinguished by their outstanding technical qualities, that comply to current European norms. The product offers a high flexibility and reliability standard, as well as delivery safety. Own factory tests, as well as the external monitoring ran by FIW (The German Institute for Research in Thermal Insulation) granted the constant quality of the products.

Thermo-Hanf® mattresses and rolls are recommended for insulating roofs, walls and floors for both new and old buildings. Some of the features of the product are:

  • clean processing, almost dust free,
  • high skin compatibility (does not irritate the skin),
  • high insulation values.

The product is distributed in Romania, on order, through Naturalpaint.

Find more details here.

RoGBC celebrated a year of activity

October 1, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Events, News from Members | Leave a comment
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The RoGBC, along with its partners Athenee Palace Hilton and Calidus Romania, organized a triple party to celebrate RoGBC’s first year of activity, but also to publicize the first shared sustainable project between Hilton and Calidus. On the same occasion, the three organizations celebrated World Green Building Day.

Among the guests at the event were representatives of RoGBC member companies, but also representatives of other companies involved in projects that require a careful approach to environment.

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More photos from the event can be found on our Flikr account.

GreenBiz Forum 2.0

October 1, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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logo GBF fara dataThe excellent feedback the organizers of the first edition of GreenBiz Forum received convinced them that a second edition is a must.

Therefore, on the 13th of October, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bucharest, eco-aficionados (but not only) will be able to enjoy:

  • The presence of Martin Neureiter, Task Group Leader for ISO (International Standards Organisation) for the ISO 26 000 on CSR standards, which will be elaborated in 2010
  • The exclusive release of Ogilvy Earth for Romania
  • GreenFair, a stand display of the most important green/CSR projects in Romania
  • One-on-one meetings with thenvironment Romanian NGOs
  • Round tables and interactive debates on topics like financing green ideas, corporate citizenship, corporate projects and green culture
  • Meeting international speakers

The event gathers participants from the top and middle management of big corporations, PR specialists, corporate communication officers, brand managers with a keen interest in green marketing strategies, NGOs, specialized media, eco-business entrepreneurs looking for business partners and solutions providers, but also representatives of the environment public authorities.

RoGBC member companies benefit with a 25EUR discount from the participation fee. For more details, please contact us at:

GreenBiz Forum is part of the GreenBiz project, a media platform dedicated to entrepreneurs, managers and marketing specialists active in green business. GreenBiz includes business events, a specialized blog – and an editorial column in the Biz magazine.

The first edition of GreenBiz Forum took place on June 25th 2009 and comprised a series of conferences and workshops, gathering 30 partner companies, 21 corporate, NGO and governmental speakers, as well as an audience of 200 people.

Please make sure to visit for more information.

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