Changes in the “Normative for thermo-technical computation of the houses elements, indicative C 107/2005”

July 30, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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The Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism has issued an Order for modifying the technical Regulation “Normative for thermo-technical computation of the houses elements, indicative                     C 107/2005” approved by  order of the Ministry of transportation, construction and tourism no. 2055/205.

The following changes appear in C107:

–          In the first part, for the computation of the necessary heat for heating, the 7.3 chart is replaced and some modifications appear at 7.8.2 point. This is a rectification.

–          An actualization is done also for the minimum values of the Normalized Insulation Coefficients GN  and of the Thermal  Resistances Rmin, for buildings  designed after 1.10.2010. This way the stakes are raised for construction specialists.

–          For a more precise computation of the Global Reference  Coefficient  G1, the values of the control coefficients  a, b, c, d, e   were recomputed are the old values are replaced  (C107/2).

Through these changes in C 105 normative, the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism is raising the standards for the construction field, and make it clear that correct thermo-technical computations are needed.

The changes can be viewed here.

Catalin Gauloiu

The Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism has made acreditation for energy auditors more accesible

July 30, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Posted in Certification | Leave a comment
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The Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism lunched a draft for modifying the Annex of the Law from MLRTP no 550/2003 for approval the technical regulations “Guide for certifying energy auditors for buildings and installations“. The old document in which was presented how  to certify the energy auditors  has been modified. The new guide comes with more details about the process.  We will try to present a summary on chapters in which we will try to clarify the accreditation process regarding the old guide and the changes that were made.

The first chapter “General provision” refers to the specialists who can receive the certificate. They can be both from Romania and also from the European Union.

In the second chapter “The certification of energy auditors for buildings” are presented the levels of certification: AEC I and AEC II, and the activities each one can perform.  This new Law draft makes clear the attributions of each category. AEC II can make audits only for apartments and             one-family buildings.

The third chapter refers to the mandatory documents and conditions for beginning the accreditation.  The submitted files are analyzed by a commission of 3 members. Then is presented a detailed list of all the specialists who can submit for accreditation.  An important detail is that the file should be submitted at most 1 year after finishing the specialized studies. Another important change is the minimum period after you can apply to become an energy auditor. For AEC II is 3 years, from a 6 year period,  and for AEC I is 5 years, from a 10 years period.

In the forth chapter are presented the technical and professional regulations for the certification. The review committees are formed by 7 members, high skill specialists in the construction field.  More details about the examination process and the way the committee evaluates the candidates are presented in the fifth chapter.  Some of the important changes presented in the last chapter are:

–          The applicants that were rejected can ask for a reevaluation after a 6 month period, in the past document the period was 1 year.

–          The rules by which the permit to do the energy audit is cancelled are more severe.

–          The persons which are already accredited as energy auditors can ask for examination for AEC I or AEC II , in a 6 month period after this Law draft is issued.

As a general conclusion. the accreditation process became more facile. Conditions as the necessary seniority or the number of recommendations for submitting the file have changed, for more easy terms, making easier the whole process.  The exam can be held in the big universities around Romania. For the construction and real estate market, the modifications are of support. The investments and transactions in this field won’t be burdened once the energy certificates are approved.

The Order can be viewed here.

Catalin Gauloiu

Final version of the EPBD approved

July 26, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Posted in Legislative Outreach | Leave a comment
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Last Wednesday, the representatives of the European Parliament, European Commission and Council of Ministers came to an agreement on the final text of the new version of Energy Performance in Buildings Directive. The next step is for the Council to formally adopt the version, but in fact the major decisions were already taken. Our next 10 years are pretty much “shaped” when it comes to energy efficiency in buildings.

The final version is weaker than the version that was successfully voted by the European Parliament in April. We were expecting that the text to be modified in the negotiation process and some compromises to be made, but the final result is more a collection of recommendations than a powerful tool  that could significantly contribute to saving energy in the European buildings in the years to come. For the most advanced countries – were the national legislation and standards are very powerful (eg.  UK – all new buildings – carbon neutral starting from 2016) is not a big loss but for Eastern and Central Europe it is. In this region the national legislations are shaped mostly on the European Directives – if we have a strong Directive we have strong national legislation, if we have a Directive full of recommendations ….sometimes we listen and if we are lucky we look at the other Members States for best practices, we admire and start making a huge list of reasons for why not we cannot implement that measure or that mechanism or why we cannot allocate funds from the public budget …….and the list is long.

I presented briefly below the major changes (pro and cons) brought in by the final text of the EPBD:


  1. Abolition of 1000sqm threshold – all buildings undergoing major renovation, irrespectively of their size will need to comply with the Directive (improve their energy performance)
  2. Minimum energy performance requirements for minor renovations (practically when a building element that is part of the building envelope – windows, door, roofs – is replaced or retrofitted )
  3. All new buildings must be “nearly zero energy buildings” by December 2020; new public buildings have to comply with the standard  by December 2018


  1. No obligation for member states to amend the minimum energy performance requirements in their building codes to achieve the result of the Commission methodology. This practically means that there will still be differences between same energy levels (A,B,C..etc) on the energy performance certificates in different countries. The objective of assuring convergence towards higher standards will not be achieved (at least not through this version of the EPBD)
  2. No concrete requirements for Member States to introduce targets to renovate existing buildings according to nearly zero energy buildings. They were not supposed to renovate the whole existing building stocks to this standard, but at least to consider this aspect to a minimum percentage of buildings that are renovated.
  3. No obligation for certifying and displaying the energy performance certificate in case of public buildings, unless they are bigger than 500sqm (the threshold will be lowered to 250 sqm in five years) and visited by the public. However an important number of public buildings will not be included in this category.
  4. Fiscal and financial incentives were introduced only as recommendations and not as obligations. Practically it will be up to each Member State to allocate or not funds from the state budget for putting in place measures to support the implementation of EPBD.
  5. The terms for applying the provisions of the new EPBD were delayed with two years after it comes into force. Practically – if the law will be adopted in 2010 (expected to happen) the Member States are supposed to publish the transposing measures in 2 years after the entry into force.

Next stage already started –  we (RoGBC together with WWF Romania and other representatives of the non-governmental sector) will have to continue our initiatives at the national level and lobby for proper implementation of EPBD and adoption of real measures that will contribute to encouraging the energy efficiency in buildings and promotion of renewable energy production. The new version of EPBD offers some good arguments in the discussions, but it is a weaker tool than what it could have been.

The final text of the directive is available here.

Anca Bieru

Green Building Innovation Center Open House

July 16, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Posted in Green Building Projects | Leave a comment
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Come visit the Green Building Innovation Center on July 28th to get information and meet companies active in sustainable construction, real estate and green tech activities. The Center will be opened to be general public from 10:00am and conclude at 5pm.

Visitors will have the opportunity of learning about the Green Building Innovation Center , sustainable construction, and the RoGBC member companies.

RoGBC Member companies are invited to display their brochures and other promotional materials during the Open House.

Please contact Roxana Bica, Manager of Operations at RoGBC to ensure your participation is included in this exciting event.

Green Building Innovation Center

Purpose: to assist both “start up” and existing companies dedicated to transforming the construction and related industries towards greater environmental responsibility and energy efficiency.

The Green Building Innovation Center (or “GBIC”) provides companies a very efficient workspace to focus on developing their respective businesses in the proximity of a supportive network of similar companies.

This initiative is organized by the Romania Green Building Council ( with the generous support of West Group Architecture.

The Benefits to Green Components of GBIC:

– Low-cost office space in central Bucharest with easy access to public transit for Green Building and Green Tech entrepreneurs

– Flexible use to accommodate the companies’ needs, reduce costs, and utilize the office space more efficiently

– The office equipment, appliances, materials, paints and lighting are selected to improve the environmental performance of the building

– Includes assistant to answer phones and resolve office issues; Kitchen with water, coffee and tea

– Includes use of office equipment (printer, fax, copier), high speed internet, central phone line, electricity, water and gas

More information is available here.

Looking forward to seeing you  there,

Cristina Siu

RoGBC installs indoor parking lot

July 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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The RoGBC opened a very convenient spot for bicycle parking inside its office.   The first  to occupy the lot was

Jasper Boychuk of the RoGBC does an excellent job parking the first bike

from a generous donation to the RoGBC by  Friedrich Niemann, General Manager of the Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest.  Friedrich had previously a bike when all 250 employees of the Hilton in Bucharest received a free bicycle for their part in winning a European-wide contest within Hilton International for the property with the greatest energy efficiency improvements.    Friedrich, an avid cyclist who already owned a bike, thought we could put his new one to good use in our Council.

He was right.   While our team tries to utilize public transit as much as possible, there are times when we previously needed to take a taxi to meetings and events.   We did an estimated payback period for a bike and concluded – assuming we paid 300 Euro for the bike – it would be paid back in less than 12 months.    Paying zero Euros for the bike helped our payback period even more.   Thanks Friedrich!

Hilton also installed plenty of bicycle parking in front of its Roberto’s on La Strada Terrace and for its employees to put their new bicycles.

and… visitors to the RoGBC office… please feel free to visit us with your own bike!

– The RoGBC team

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