RoGBC presents work at the Europe GBC Netwoork Meeting in LondonMarch 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
Tags: collaboration, Green Building, Legislative Outreach, policy, Sustainable Construction
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.