The Romania Green Building Council was pleased to partner with EuropaProperty -host of the SEE Real
Estate Awards for 2009 – to deliver, in front of over 250 attendees, the awards for the following categories.
Green Innovation of the Year: naturalpaint Romania
nominees included: ERMETIK / WiSS tehnik SRL, Schneider Electric, VELUX & “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism
Sustainable Company of the Year: Katja Perrey Landscapes
Aquarius Grup, Baumit Romania, Crowne Plaza Bucharest, Oxford Sustainable, West Group Architecture
Green Building Project of the Year: “City Business Centre – Building B” MODATIM INVESTMENT S.A. / Schneider Electric
nominees included: “Dunavat Villa” – West Group Architecture, “Ploiesti Green Flagship Store” – bauMax Romania
The nominations were open to all companies doing business in Romania and projects completed by December 31, 2009. We were very encouraged by the quality of this year’s nominees and look forward to many more green building success stories in the years ahead!
The RoGBC would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to this year’s distinguished green awards jury:
Prof. Emilia Cerna Mladin Ph.D. Applied Thermodynamics Chair and UNESCO Chair of Engineering Sciences; Polytechnic University – Bucharest
Ms. Corina Truica, Managing Partner, CEMS Technology; Director RoGBC
Mr. Dragos Riti, Head of Construction, IMMORENT
Prof. Dorin Beu Ph.D., Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Lighting Engineering Laboratory
Mr. Robbie Callow, Principal Engineer, WSP Romania
Bogdan Draganescu Ph.D., Managing Director, Smart & Pepper Consulting, Founding Vice President, RoGBC
Mr. Tom Gibney, Managing Director, Epstein Romania
Mr. Gabriel Hyde, Country Director, ARUP Engineering; Director, RoGBC
Ms. Ramona Tepelea, Managing Director, F&R Worldwide
The Athenee Palace Hilton of Bucharest won an award within the Hilton
organization throughout Europe for the highest reduction of energy and water use among their peers. Each of Hilton’s 250 employee was rewarded with a bicycle that will be sure to reduce traffic around our city.
RoGBC gold member ProLogis, recently launched a new Roof Top Photovoltaic Test Site at their Denver, Colorado headquarters under their ProLogis Renewable Energy brand. Here are a few of the key points from their press release. RoGBC congratulates them on their leadership.
The Test Site totals 11 kWp DC of power generation capacity from 99 modules and eight different module manufacturers: Ascent Solar (NASDAQ: ASTI), First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR), GS-Solar, MiaSole, Solyndra, Suniva, United Solar Ovonic and Xunlight. Already generating power, the initial configuration provides side-by-side comparisons of several module technologies, including monocrystalline, glass-on-glass thin film and membrane-applied thin film modules. In addition, the installation contains
16 individually monitored strings, each designed to test a certain system parameter.
“We were the first real estate company to develop a program dedicated to accelerating the deployment of large-scale distributed solar, and now we are expanding our efforts in this area with a dedicated test site,” said Walt Rakowich, chief executive officer of ProLogis. “As PV technologies evolve and new companies enter the market, it is critical that ProLogis understands the technology and installation differences to ensure we arrive at the optimal solutions for our installations at each building and location. We are proud of the growth of this program and what it means to the renewable energy industry.”
ProLogis has solar projects installed or under construction on 32 buildings throughout France, Germany, Japan, Spain and the United States. The installations cover more than 10.6 million square feet (984,800 square meters) of roof space and total 24.6 MW.
Tags: Green Schools
The RoGBC has gotten very active in promoting Green Schools in Romania. The benefits for promoting sustainability in the design, construction and operations of schools are numerous. For example…studies show children in healthier
environments with better lighting, including natural daylight, out-perform their peers academically. School operators receive the benefits of lower energy and other operating costs from better designed facilities. Of course, students who directly interact with sustainable buildings will not only develop a greater appreciation for sustainability but will also influence their parent’s and other members of their household.
Our Green Building Council is promoting this in three actions…
1) Partnering with Greenitiative. Founders Felicia and Marius Ienculescu-Popovici have been strong advocates of green education having conducted education campaigns and demonstrative projects with big plans for the future. The RoGBC has been in discussion with them and will present plans for involving our member companies in Green School renovations and new construction. RoGBC Member companies, including Jetrun EnergoEco and Naturalpaint have already been supporting their actions.
2) Partnering with local schools. The Green Building Council – led by Bogdan Draganescu Ph.D RoGBC Vice President and founder of sustainability consultancy Smart & Pepper, is reviewing selected green projects in local schools to identify cost-effective solutions with the greatest impact for sustainability.
3) Educational Materials. The RoGBC team has produced a educational brochure entitled “Save money with Green Construction” while Chapman Taylor produced a illustrative “What is a Green School” document to visually demonstrate the elements of green design thinking. We delivered this to selected teachers to pilot test discussions with their students and provide feedback to us on what they will want for the future.
The interest from municipalities, school leadership, parents, and, most enthusiastically, STUDENTS is growing very quickly. Expect to see more action and projects starting in the weeks ahead.
We look forward to your feedback and to hear from more of our members on their involvement in greening Romania’s schools!
The RoGBC Team