Vama Buzaului and Building the Future – Succesful Public Private collaboration in Romania for shifting towards green economy

March 29, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Posted in Events, General, Green Building Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
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Working group for developing the social economic development plan of Vama Buzaului, from the 25th of March meeting

On 25 March 2011 a workshop was held at the offices of Royal Haskoning in Rotterdam. The Workshop was in the context of a joint venture contract between the Carpathian municipality of Vama Buzaului and Building the Future, Founding Member of RoGBC Transilvania.  The objective of this joint venture is the commercial development of a durable ‘’off-grid’’ unique high quality condominium ‘’Valley21’’ on 68 Ha pristine land.

In parallel to the Valley21 condominium development a process  is initiated to support  a durable social economic development in Vama Buzaului and ultimately the region. A study group will be formed representing local government, Institutes and universities to review the current Strategic Development plan for Vama Buzaului and to amend it so to become a plan that drives and governs a durable development. This plan is to be adopted by the Local Council of Vama Buzaului.

Working session for the plan , 25th of March

The concept of Valley 21, insights about  the social economic development plan of the region that is now being elaborated  and more information about the wonderful collaboration with the local public authorities from Vama Buzaului will be presented in RoGBC Green Cafe “What does really Green Economy means?” from 13th of April. Our main guests  will be the Mayor Tiberiu Chirilas from Vama Buzaului  and the team from Building the Future.

green innitiatives

March 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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Since 2009 a franco-romanian initiative is developing economic and social intervention projects regarding the public spaces in Ferentari neighbourhood, Bucharest, along with the inhabitants of the area. From april to june 2011 the NGOs « l’Armoire Urbaine » and « Komunitas » in collaboration with Romanian and French landscape architects are going to rehabilitate two derelict public spaces by creating a vegetable pedagogic garden in the yard of the 136 School and refreshing an abandoned park on alea Livezilor. Further on the spaces in the proximity will be reconsidered as valuable in a sustenable way integrating in the eccentric urbanscape of the capital.

The project is on the European Union support and to maximize their efort, the initiators are looking for parteners that may participate with material provisions (especially wood), different utensils and the promotion.

For further info, please send an email to georgiana.branea@rogbc.org .

Georgiana B.

Real estate legislation update

March 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Posted in Legislative Outreach, News from Members | Leave a comment
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The first two months of 2011 brought some noticeable changes in the Romanian legal environment. We share a brief here from the newsletter that our members Lina & Guia SCA issued.

We will focus on the real estate updates: the modifications to the legal framework on territorial management and urbanism.

The Law no. 350/2001 on territorial management and urbanism was amended and supplemented by the Government`s Emergency Decision no. 7/2011 (published in the Official Gazette no. 111 of 11 February 2011).

As mentioned in the newsletter, the most relevant provisions refer to:

1. The responsibilities and attributes of central and local public authorities: new articles and completions were introduced regarding the role of the president of the County Council, of the mayor, as well as activity of the chief-architect in territorial planning and urbanism.

2. The possibility of communes to associate for organizing in common the specialised structure on the territorial management and urbanism:  intercommunity development associations for assuring in common the public services on urban and territorial planning, issuance of urban certificates and building permits, or delegate the respective attributions to the specialised structure on county level, based on an agreement.

3. The changes in the framework for modifying the urban planning documentations’ method (detailed urbanism plan – PUD – or a zonal urbanism plan – PUZ. Realisation of a new zonal urbanism plan can be initiated by a private investor, for same specific construction functions. It can be initiated only after a notice of opportunity is issued by the chief architect and approved by the authorities in charge.

4. Extension of the general urbanism plan – PUG – validity term: no longer than 2 years, until the enforcement of the new urbanism plan. For the communes or cities with a population under 10,000 citizens, if an update is not necessary, the validity period can be directly extended with maximum 3 years, based on the advice of the county chief-architect.

5. New list of areas for which issuance of a zonal urbanism plan (PUZ) is compulsory: central areas of localities, built protected areas, industrial activities and technological parks, areas de-signed for hypermarkets and/or com-mercial parks, production areas, cultural parks, transport infrastructure, new areas of residential development, areas subject to restructuring or urban regeneration, coastal area or the shore protection area, for a minimum depth of 200 m; other areas established by the public authorities for homogeneous areas or for areas larger than 10.000 sq.m.

6. Interdiction to obtain legality status for constructions erected illegally: Starting with 1 January 2012, it is forbidden to initiate and approve urban planning documentations whose purpose is to obtain compliance for constructions built without permit or without observing the building permit.

7. Annulment of decisions approving urban planning documentation issued without observance of the law is to be required by the prefect.

Another important change is the introduction of the Methodology considering the information and consultation of the public on the matter of elaboration or reviewing the plans of territory management and urbanism, approved by the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism as Order no. 2701/2010 (published in the Official Gazette no. 47 of 19 January 2011).

The documentation is particularly useful to the civil society as a tool to monitor and interfere in the process of developement of their community. It determines the mandatory components and steps of the information and consultance of the public for the urban planning documentations in course of elaboration or approval. The urban planning documentations approved without respecting the new methodology are null and void.

Georgiana B.

Our latest recipient of the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification & training program

March 29, 2011 at 11:46 am | Posted in General, Training | Leave a comment
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Our latest recipient of the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification & training program is Arh. Alexandru Ene.

 

 

Arh. Alexandru Ene receiving his diploma from Steven Borncamp - President RoGBC

Congratulations Alexandru!

See full list of graduates here

Our latest recipient of the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification & training program is Arh. Alexandru Ene.

New Energy Efficiency Plan – Wind of change or just a breeze?

March 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Posted in Legislative Outreach | 1 Comment
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The European Commission recently published its long awaited Energy Efficiency Plan. The document is revealing EU’s proposed strategy in the next years for achieving the 20% savings of primary energy consumption by 2020, target included in the Energy and Climate Change Package (also known as the 20/20/20 package  20 – CO2 emission cuts-/20 – increase in share of renewable- /20 – energy savings).

What  measures from the plan have an impact on the building industry and should be of interest for the RoGBC members?

  • public authorities will be required to refurbish at least 3% of their buildings each year at the level of the best 10% from the national building stock (mandatory in the Plan, but legal framework  to enforce will be the recast Energy Efficiency and Service Directive – in discussion at the Commission this year)
  • inclusion of energy efficiency criteria in public procurement of goods, services or works (optional,  implementation at the Member State level  will be highly dependent on the current green public procurement practices in each country)
  • Member States to come with measures (especially directed to reducing heat consumption)  for encouraging the building renovation, adoption of efficient appliances  for private sector buildings (optional)
  • energy performance contracting as a model for developing public building renovation projects or other type of public procurement (ex. street lighting) (optional for the moment – to be addressed in the upcoming recast of the Energy Efficiency and Savings Directive)
  • encourage the development of  ESCO’s  or clear out the existing  legal obstacles for their development (in Romania that would be a complicated and unclear legal system for developing public-private partnerships and lack of a model contract for ESCO’s) (optional for the moment – to be adressed in the Energy Efficiency and Savings Directive)
  • setting stricter consumption standards for heating boilers, water heaters, computers, tumble driers, pumps, vacuum cleaners, further types of lighting (to be developed at the EU level – in dialogue with industry – under the EcoDesign Directive)
  • plans for rolling out Smart grids, meters and appliances  – in this context, buildings  and appliances will have to be “smart grid ready”  – capable of being integrated in a smart grid (European Commission to come with a specific legislative framework in this regard)

The big expectation from this document was to set binding targets for achieving the 20% energy saving set objective (or at least come with strong mandatory measures that would support the achievement of the objective) , since energy saving is the only target from the Energy and Climate Change package that is not binding in the moment. For the moment the European Commission is relying a lot on Member States’ willingness to implement the measures without mandatory targets. Even if the Commission evaluation of existing efforts (up until 2009)  at the Member States level suggests that EU is on its way to achieve only half of the 20% objective,  it decided to wait for 2013 to make another evaluation and if then the results are poor, binding targets will be back in discussion. However we know from now that only a strong set of measures will be able to deliver the predicted benefits of energy efficiency policy – transformation of daily life and household savings from the energy bill, job creation, CO2 cuts etc. What “strong” means in this context?  Less proposals, suggestions and encouragements and more leadership and commitment.

The plan by itself has no legislative power, but some of the measures suggested could and will be captured in future legislative initiatives of the European Commission (either recasts of existing Directives or proposals of new legislative framework). Two major Directives that are  to be recast this year and that will probably incorporate many of the suggested measures (the ones for buildings) are Energy Services and Combined Heat and Power Directive that will be transformed into Energy Efficiency and Savings Directive.

Updates to come…

Anca Bieru

RoGBC presents work at the Europe GBC Netwoork Meeting in London

March 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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Ecobuild is probably the largest fair in Europe focused on green building area with more than 1300 exhibitors and over 80 000 participants this year. Even if it is still focused mostly on the UK market, there are visible (and successful) efforts to make it more international.

This year World GBC had a special stand, representing all the existing Green Building Councils in the Europe network –  from more than 29 countries throughout Europe. RoGBC participated as well and apart from the previous years we had also some members (CEMS and Smart&Pepper Consulting)  attending the fair -with the support of UK Embassy in Bucharest. RoGBC’s mission at the event this year was to partially staff the World GBC booth offering information about the green building market and activities in Romania but also the CEE region.

Beyond staffing the booth our team had a very active presence in the 4th of March Europe GBC Network  meeting . The regional meeting was focused on three major aspects:

a. Discussing the common activities that could be developed in the network on policy areas – Anca Bieru, Director of Membership and Public Affairs and Chair of the Europe GBC Network Policy Task Force presented the proposed strategy for getting the network represented in the dialogue with main EU institutions ( European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Ministers) and  for enhancing collaboration among GBC’s around sharing best practices on policies from the  national level.

b. Discussing the common activities that could be developed in education area – Emilo Mitre Miguel discussed efforts to assess the current status of GBC training via a recent effort to categorize the various GBCs offereings.    Steven Borncamp, RoGBC president,  presented our RoGBC Green Building Professional Certification Program and offered and open source toolkit for GBC’s interested in developing similar programs. The initiative was well-received by both new and established GBCs as a way to stimulate collaboration on training among existing GBC’s and support the capacity in this area of younger GBC’s.

c. Discussing other collaboration activities that could strengthen individual GBC’s but also network’s capacity and visibility in front of third parties – Steven Borncamp presented a collaboration and communication framework to be developed between GBC’s that would create the basis for sharing information and create mutual promotion/visibility opportunities for GBC’s and their members in events organised by each GBC or group of GBC’s in Europe.

News from members – “Green Building Discussions” from Drees & Sommer

March 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Posted in News from Members | Leave a comment
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Drees & Sommer, one of the international leading experts in Green Building Optimization, Green Building Design and Green Building Certifications, together with Roberts Publishing invites you to the training session “Green Building Discussions” on 22nd March 2011 at the Intercontinental Hotel (Opera Room) from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. for an introduction on one of the internationally most established Green Building certifications: LEED.

Mrs. Sybille Mai, Drees & Sommer Germany, LEED AP and DGNB auditor, with wide experience in sustainable buildings and Green Building consultancy, together with Mr. Marc Porath and Mr. Bogdan Fortu from Drees & Sommer Romania will detail the specific steps of the LEED certification process.

The training session will start with a general introduction on Green Building, focusing then on the principles of LEED certification, the certification process itself and specific case studies. The training session intends to offer an insight into the basics of the LEED certification, being part of the Roberts Publishing’s Progressive Learning Program.

Drees & Sommer, one of the international leading experts in Green Building Optimization, Green Building Design and Green Building Certifications, together with Roberts Publishing invites you to the training session “Green Building Discussions” on 22nd March 2011 at the Intercontinental Hotel (Opera Room) from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. for an introduction on one of the internationally most established Green Building certifications: LEED.

 

Mrs. Sybille Mai, Drees & Sommer Germany, LEED AP and DGNB auditor, with wide experience in sustainable buildings and Green Building consultancy, together with Mr. Marc Porath and Mr. Bogdan Fortu from Drees & Sommer Romania will detail the specific steps of the LEED certification process.

 

The training session will start with a general introduction on Green Building, focusing then on the principles of LEED certification, the certification process itself and specific case studies. The training session intends to offer an insight into the basics of the LEED certification, being part of the Roberts Publishing’s Progressive Learning Program.

Green energy export

March 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Posted in General, Member Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
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We would like to introduce a state of the art technology elaborated by one of our members. There is a linkage between the energetic and the construction and building sector, so this might be relevant new information.

SYNERGY Construction established the Georgia branch and started works for the SIEMENS HVDC technology to transmit eco-friendly electric power from Georgia to Turkey, as part of the Black Sea Transmission Network Project – one of the most significant infrastructure projects in Georgia. This project will contribute to the development of the country and will increase its integrity to western countries and market. The goal is to connect the Georgian power supply network with the grid system in Turkey and to transmit controlled electric power generated in various hydropower plants in Georgia to Turkey.

The works have been commissioned on 15.02.2011, as mentioned in the press release from SYNERGY. For more details please click here.

Georgiana B.

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