Tags: green building legislation, green certificates, net metering, renewable energy
What’s in it for the small producers?
After a long consultation period with the European Commission on how to structure and organize the system for supporting the production of electrical energy from renewable sources (RES), we finally have a revised law (OUG 88/2011 – text in RO here) that is supposed to unlock the market in Romania. The support system for RES producers was finally structured as following:
- green certificates allocated to big RES producers per each MW of electricity sold – number of green certificates varies based on type of renewable source used for production
- specific regulated prices for the energy sold by small RES producers (less than 1MW installed)
I won’t go through the changes brought by the OUG 88/2011 for the big producers since I think they were well detailed in this article ( text only in RO).
For the building industry the most interesting part is Article 14, that explains how the system should work for the small producers:
- the renewable energy produced can be sold by the small producers (less than 1 MW installed) to the energy distributors that have licenses in that area, at special regulated energy prices (unique prices per type of technology)
- the energy distributors are obligated to buy the RES energy provided by the small producers (per their request), according to the conditions established by ANRE (National Authority for Energy Regulation)
- the special regulated prices are established by ANRE based on a specific methodology and notified to the European Commission
- the physical persons with production units lower than 50Kw (electricity produced at the building site, mainly for own consumption) and public authorities that own production units (funded partially or totally by Structural Funds) may benefit of special quantification/control service offered by the distributor that allows leveling the differences (financial and quantitative) between energy delivered and consumed (net metering)
- the RES energy produced by small producers will have priority access to the grid
The changes for the small producers (mostly net metering and priority access) sound promising but we still have to wait for the secondary legislation mainly the methodology for establishing the energy price and technical and commercial rules that define the priority access to the grid that should be developed by ANRE.
Hopefully the full development of secondary legislation will take less than 3 years – what we waited for the famous Law 220 to become operational. For an updated list of secondary legislation that was developed so far around Law 220 /2008 modified by OUG 88/2011 please check here (in Ro only).
Tags: ecobiblioteca, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Green Building, Green Building Projects, news from members
Thermaflex company has been actively involved in “Green Library” project, providing non pollutant solutions that can ensure energy loss reduction and implicitly the decrease of CO2 emissions.
To ensure the link between the technical room and the library building, there have been used 2 pre-isulated pipes Flexalen 600, De 32mm, return pipes with a total length of 15 meters. The main pipe, made of polybutylene (Polybutene PB1) provides a life-cycle of more than 50 years, for temperature of maximum 95 °C, and assures lasting properties over the entire exploitation period at a pressure of maximum 8 bars. The pipage covering is made of polyolefins foam with closed cells that provides a thermal conductivity of less than 0,032 W/mK. Due to its cellular structure, the covering blocks water absorption. Having a high flexibility and being a heat-sealable material, the installation price is very low, in comparison with classical systems.
For thermal energy distribution inside the building, there will be used polybutylene pipes with a diameter of 16 and 20 mm, covered with thermal insulation, Thermacompact type. Both insulation and pipes are 100% recyclable and do not contain environment-unfriendly substances. The pipes and fitting pieces can be welded, so the resulting system is homogenous and very reliable.
All the materials recommended for this project have been carefully analysed in order to match the ecological requirements and to ensure the transport and thermal energy distribution with minimum loss.
Tags: cradle to cradle, Creating and managing greener workspaces, greening our workspaces, office renovation, sustainable office
“Greening our Workspace” is a real-life interior design project aiming to transform the Romania Green Building Council’s office building into a deep green workspace. It is a project that showcases and expands the sustainable practices that the RoGBC have implemented so far. The project will contribute to the comfort and flexibility of the workspace as well as the health and well-being of the building’s occupants.
The project is a tangible case study for the Green Workspaces program that the RoGBC has been developing and following for the last three years. This project will exceed the current physical boundaries of the space, to set a green example for other workspaces inRomania and beyond. The story of G.o.W. project and all of its partners will be told at green industry-related events to share the results and lessons learned.
The space redesigned through this project will become a green venue, home for green building training and for sustainable professionals and companies willing to showcase their high standard products, materials and technology.
We have already REDUCED our consumption of office supplies and energy. Now it’s time to REUSE and RECYCLE everything surrounding us, turning the Cradle-to-Cradle™ and equally ambitious methodologies into our reality. The project will make the most of the existing resources. From furniture to cardboard boxes or wood battens stored in the attic, every unused object will be given a new life. A minimum of 80% of the resources found on site will be integrated into the new design.
To achieve this, continuous research is required from the professionals involved.
This is an integrated design project, and Design Charrettes discussing the project are organized on a weekly basis, according to the Project Plan.
All of the ideas and design decisions are recorded, so the Presentation Document containing all of the sketches, drawings and partner information will be continuously updated.
The design team began work in October 2011. The initial design charrettes were concluded in mid-October. The work is currently out to bid for construction start of early November. Project commissioning and launch is scheduled for 8 December 2011.
More information about the renovation process is available here.