Earth Hour with WWF and Crowne Plaza Bucharest

March 25, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Posted in Events, News from Members | 1 Comment

On 27 March at 8:30pm, Crowne Plaza Bucharest will be participating in WWF Romania’s “Earth Hour” by switching off lights, setting up candles, and offering every customer an “Earth Hour Green Cocktail”.

Crowne Plaza, recently earned a European Eco label recognizing the green features of their property.   The RoGBC strongly supports this initiative and thanks Crowne Plaza for joining the effort!

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Green Building staying strong

March 16, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Posted in General | 1 Comment

Paul King and his team at the UKGBC have been doing amazing work in working with their government to ensure sustainable construction policy is forward looking and environmentally and economically sustainable.

Paul will be a featured speaking at our “Build Green CEE” event in Budapest in April presenting the policy task

touring the Bauder Green Roof exhibit at EcoBuild

group of the World Green Building Council, successful examples from national green building policy, and what is ahead for the business and building community as we head into a Post-Copenhagen implementation of international climate agreements.

Anca, and I attended the World GBC strategy meetings and had a chance to interact with other leaders of Green Building Councils throughout the world and shared our opinions on what are the best policies for Romania and the surrounding  region.

Cristina joined us to tour the EcoBuild exhibition occurring that same week.   It was amazing to see the growth from just a couple of years ago when we first attended the event.    I think Paul’s comments summarizing the event best describe it.   We are confident this is a sign green building interest will continue its strong growth in Romania and the region.

– Steve

Launch of the Green Building Innovation Center

March 11, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Certification, Events, General, Green Building Projects, Training | Leave a comment

Despite dedicated attendees fighting a  March blizzard, we had a very successful launch of the Green Building Innovation Center in Bucharest.  The attendees were welcomed by Adrian Cristescu, Principal of West Group Architecture, responsible for hosting and design of the center.

Steven Borncamp, RoGBC and Adrian Cristescu of West Group Architecture present the launch of the "Green Building Innovation Center"

Eco-Entrepreneurs and more established businesses including Naturalpaint, Katja Perrey Landscapes, Stardome, Jetrun,  and Equram attended as well as the Executive Director of the Romania Association of Facilities Managers and journalist and editors from Ziarul Financiar,, and The Diplomat.  Steven Borncamp, Bogdan Draganescu and Florin Dobrescu represented the RoGBC’s Board of Directors.

A business plan contest for entrepreneurial companies interested in locating in the center was launched with prizes awarded to the winners each valued at over 5000 Euros.  These include prizes of a free annual RoGBC membership, six months of free rent in the fully serviced office, and free enrollment in the Romania Green Building Professional training and certification program.   Interested persons should download this document:  Green Building Innovation Center – Information for more details.

11 March – Initiatives for a strong, green economy for Romania

March 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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The Romania Green Building Council will hold an information session on March 11 to present details of two new initiatives and an event important to the development of a Romanian green economy based on an energy-efficient and environmentally-responsible construction and real estate sector.

The RoGBC will describe details of a “Green Building Innovation Center” opening in April 2010 and a certified “Romania Green Building Professional” training and certification program launched immediately. In addition, information will be provided for a “Green Jobs” event for students and professionals describing employment opportunities in green tech and sustainable construction related fields will be held in May. Both initiatives are critical to the creation of better job opportunities and higher quality and more affordable homes and buildings.

Who: Participants from all construction disciplines are invited. Seats are limited. If the event is sold out before you register your name will be added to a waiting list.

When: March 11, from 9.30 to 10.00am.

Where: The meeting will take place on the 11th Floor of the Bucharest Stock Exchange Building; 34-36 Carol I Boulevard, Sector 2.

Cost:  This event is free of charge.

Members of the media should contact to register and to ensure access to the event.

For more information on the Romania Green Building Council, see:

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