New RICS pan-European survey on sustainable building certification

July 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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RICS Germany Sustainability Professional Group recently carried out a statistical pan-European survey between four different certificate issuing organisations: DGNB, BREEAM, LEED and HQE.The survey explored both currently certified commercial buildings as well as buildings registered for certification. The aim of the survey and of its subsequent publication, launched in Germany in May 2011, was to provide market participants with an objective overview of the state-of-play in the growing market for sustainability certificates.Given the fast-paced nature of this market segment, the group plans to carry out regular updates which will help to monitor future market developments.

The survey showed that:

  • Sustainability certificates as measurable indicators of performance are firmly rooted in the real estate market and, as such, enjoy a growing market acceptance
  • There are regional preferences for individual systems that may have the potential to develop into standards before long
  • There is a strong preference for local certification systems in countries with national systems
  • Decisions for specific systems are often determined by investors looking for cross-border comparability of their real estate assets

However, although the figures for 2009/2010 may be impressive, one should not forget that in comparison with the total building stock these still only represent a small percentage of new construction projects. But this could soon change in view of new options to have also existing buildings included in certification (i.e. those not subject to new construction works).Looking at the ever-growing number of certification systems, RICS feels that from an investor’s and property professional’s point of view, it will be crucial to create greater comparability, transparency, coordination and consistency between these individual certification systems.

View the survey here.

Source: RICS Press Release

Energy Efficiency Directive – what are the discussions and how it will affect the building industry

July 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Posted in Legislative Outreach | Leave a comment
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The European Commission published at the end of June its final version of the debated Energy Efficiency Directive. The text will be discussed and negotiated further in the European Parliament and Council of Ministers starting with this fall.

The Directive was supposed to capture some of the provisions from the Energy Efficiency Plan  and also review  the general energy efficiency targets for 2020.  For the building industry the Directive is relevant because:

  • sets obligation on Member States to renovate 3% of their building stock to minimum energy performance criteria
  • demands public bodies to include energy efficiency criteria in public procurement of products, services and building
  • sets obligations on energy distributors or retail energy sales companies to achieve annual energy savings – preferably through energy efficiency measures applied to final customers
  • require installation of meters and smart meters to final customers for electricity, natural gas, district heating or cooling, district supplied domestic hot water
  • promotes facilitation/support of small scale and micro cogeneration units
  • promotes energy services market – model contracts for energy performance contracting (buildings included)  in the public sector

However, the European Commission’s proposal  received a lot of critics mainly for already including a lot of “opt-outs” in major areas such as the 3% renovation target and the energy savings from the utilities.

The situation might improve since the  Rapporteur assigned to draft the European Parliament’s position and lead the negotiation is Mr. Claude Turmes (Greens, MEP Luxembourg) that already criticised significantly the Commission’s proposal, showing a clear support for stronger requirements. 

More to follow after the fall’s discussions….

Anca Bieru




Avalon Residence

July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Posted in General, Member Projects | Leave a comment
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Ozone Homes, member of the RoGBC obtained a high score certification of energy performance with Avalone Residence. Avalon Residence is an ensemble of three residential ecological buildings. The residential development is built in Pipera Tunari, only 10 minutes away from Baneasa Shopping City complex, closet Henri Coanda Airport and the Pipera neighborhood. The Avalon is in close proximity to all amenities for a comfortable lifestyle: supermarkets, shops, kindergarten and schools. Avalon is a low-rise development built on only two levels(P+1) in keeping with our lifestyle concept of green space and not overcrowding the development, totaling 38 apartments with two and three rooms (1&2 Bedroom apartments). Every apartment includes a fully equipped Kitchen and Bathroom, Built-in wardrobes, 1 or 2 parking spaces and the ground floor apartments come with private gardens. All utilities are completed within a community: access roads, paved walkways as well as all residents have a communal pool, garden, playground for children and leisure facilities (barbecue) and miniature golf.

new “Products & Technology Task Group” added

July 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Posted in Certification | Leave a comment
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The RoGBC Board of Directors has approved the creation of a “Products & Technology Task Group” to address the growing need  to understand and guide the implementation of green certifications of materials, products and technology related to Romania’s construction industry.    This group will coordinated closely with the “Building Certification” and “Legislative Outreach” Task Group to ensure these inter-linked topics progress efficiently.

The “Products & Technology Task Group “is led by RoGBC Board Member Dragos Riti of ERSTE Group Immorent who is joined by Carmine Bottigliero of EPSTEIN Romania,  Civil Engineer and BREEAM Assessor Anca Mihaela Costin, and  Steven Borncamp of the RoGBC.    Dragos chaired the inaugural meeting on 18 July and Anca was kind enough to capture the proposed objectives in meeting notes that are available to any member company upon their request.

Members of this Task Group will attend the Sustainable Material and Resources training this Friday and hold a meeting immediately following the course to refine their objectives based on this update of available solutions and pending and in force legislation.

Member company representatives are welcome to join this initiative and invited to contact the RoGBC office for more details.

ecoBiblioteca update – Construction Started!

July 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Posted in ecobiblioteca, Green Building Projects | Leave a comment
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[ Note – We will be posting a series of updates and photos about our ecoBiblioteca project.   There are many project partners involved and we will introduce them in various posts throughout the phases of the project. RoGBC member companies have donated service hours,  products and technology or made significant discounts from their standard fees
to assist our Council in undertaking this work which we appreciate greatly.  ]

We hope you enjoy these project updates.  Please contact us if you would like to get involved.  – the RoGBC Team


The construction works of the green library renovation project have gotten underway with site preparation and the beginning of the “deconstruction” of an adjoining, derelict building and the organization of its usable materials to be integrated into the renovated building and the surrounding landscaping.

Project Site Manager Bogdan Draganescu of Smart & Pepper Consulting ensured the site was prepared to exceed the required Health and Safety regulations as well as to ensure the construction activity on the site will not cause harm to the surrounding ecology.   The construction team was briefed on the requirements of the “Living Building Challenge” standard which included carefully categorizing and storing of reusable materials and management of hazardous waste.   The standard requires almost all of the construction waste to be diverted from landfills.

For more information about the project, see:  or contact Timea Paal, ecoBiblioteca’s Project Manager for RoGBC.

site works

Plaster removal from the walls

Replacing Asbestos roof with traditional wood shingles

Storing reclaimed wood

Storing bricks for reusage

Vitalis Consulting releases website for the real estate industry

July 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Certification, News from Members | Leave a comment
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Founding member of RoGBC, Vitalis Consulting has set, since the beginning of its activity, a pro-active approach towards the promoting and implementation of the environmentally friendly alternatives and of the sustainable solutions in the construction and real estate industries.

The main course of action is the professional advice to the clients regarding this issue and the recommendations to consider and to use the green solutions suitable for their projects as reliable alternatives to the traditional materials, equipments and technologies.

In this direction, Vitalis Consulting is actively involved throughout the entire duration of the project implementation, starting with the design and up to its delivery to the end users.

In parallel, there were also undertaken a series of practical actions in the green constructions field and for the last one and a half years the company developed a strong department of certified auditors specialized in energy efficiency and the adjacent fields.

Major clients of the real estate industry such as Adama, Euro Tower, Global City Business Park, Nusco Tower, Radisson Hotel, Leroy Merlin, etc.  benefited of Vitalis Consulting expertise in Energy Efficiency Certification, to the date the company issuing certificates for more that 350,000 sqm of residential buildings, offices, commercial areas, etc.

More details regarding the certification process, its benefits and other interesting information regarding this domain can be found on the new website launched by Vitalis Consulting: .

Congratulations Vitalis for the initiative!

Corporate Office Solutions and Steelcase deliver training on “Creating and Managing Greener Workspaces”

July 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Certification, Events, Greening our Wokspace | Leave a comment
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Just like there are things we can do in our personal life to keep our carbon footprint at a minimum, there are things we can do with our work life as well.

On July 5, RoGBC organized another training course within the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification and training platform. Representatives from Corporate Office Solutions and Steelcase talked about how to design, construct  and operate green workspaces.

The course presented key information on various sustainable office solutions. It included developing a green office program as well as achieving internationally recognized green building certification. The event was useful for executives, architects, product designers, technologists, engineers, academics, students, and others interested in exploring ways to benefit from the important shift toward energy efficient and environmentally responsible design principle.

Within the course, our colleague Monica Zarnescu presented RoGBC’s internal policies to create a greener and healthier workspace. These include:

  • paper recycling program – RECICLETA;
  • public transportation program for the  entire RoGBC team;
  • green business events & meetings; RoGBC requires that all it’s suppliers to go green;
  • office indoor air quality that includes natural ventilation, operable windows, entrance dirt track system, indoor green wall and plants, sustainable office furniture, recycled & recyclable carpet, energy efficient & light fixtures, Green Energy Star labeled computers, printers, LCDs, selective garbage collection: plastic, paper, residuary, recycled & recyclable pens, markers, organic soaps & non-toxic cleaners


Ligthing Design & Smart Buildings course

July 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Certification, Events | Leave a comment
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On July 15 RoGBC organized a course on principles of lighting design and the integration with Building Management Systems to create high-performance green buildings.

Topics included: lighting basics (units, measurements and standards), lamps, LED: tales or facts, lighting systems, daylight and light pipes, dialux – European lighting software, EN 15193 – Lighting ENergy Index LENI9. Lighting control systems and case studies on lighting atomization.

The trainers for this course were Ph.D Dorin Beu, Technical University Cluj-Napoca and Rafael Marculescu, Schneider Electric

The course is part of the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification & training platform. More information about the program is available here.

Emilio Miguel Mitre of GBC Espagna teaches Green Design Principles within the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification & training platform

July 20, 2011 at 11:45 am | Posted in Certification, Events, General | Leave a comment
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RoGBC organized a new training course within the “Romania Green Building Professional” on Green Design Principles.

This was a full day course that delivered a practical overview on sustainable building projects from Mr. Emilio Miguel Mitre’s experience worldwide, Director for International Relations GBC Espagna and Chair of the World GBC Europe Network Training Task Force.

The topics included the basics on bioclimatic and sustainable architectural design and local case studies.

We were happy to have Emilio in Romania and would like to thank him again for a very interesting course!

New graduates of the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification and training program

July 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Posted in Certification | Leave a comment
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We would like to congratulate the following persons for their commitment, participation, ideas and other contributions for the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification and training program:

Andreea Carastoian, Strucon Proiect

Raluca Primejdie, Architect

Lucian Opris, Bluehouse Capital

Monica Marza, West Group Architecture

The intensive program includes 56 hours of multidisciplinary training in sustainable construction principles. The RoGBC wishes each of you success in transforming Romania’s built environment to the highest levels of green performance.

Click here for the full list of Romania Green Building Professional graduates.

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