What are some specific activities?

February 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Posted in FAQ | Leave a comment
  • Training for the construction industry for green building principles
  • Awareness Building for the greater community of the benefits of green buildings (including supporting the WWF’s “Climate Caravan” with information on “how to green your home while saving money”.)
  • Legislative Outreach to encourage to adoption and implementation of legislation promoting greater environmental responsibility and energy efficiency in Romanian buildings. (the RoGBC is supporting the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and green procurement requirements.)
  • Support and implement pilot projects to demonstrate the viability of the next generation of high performance green buildings, low-energy and zero energy buildings. (the RoGBC is currently supporting the development of pilot projects for low and zero energy buildings and will release information when authorized by the project partners)
  • Promote networking among professionals within the green building industry
  • Conduct and disseminate actionable research on green building principles (see www.RoGBC.org for more information)
  • Support government, civil society, and private businesses in joint efforts to promote the sustainable development of Romania (the RoGBC provided input for Romania’s National Strategy for Sustainable Development).
  • Support academic programs to increase the emphasis on green principles in architectural, engineering, urban planning, business, and other related disciplines. (the RoGBC offered a significant number of scholarships to students and professors to today’s training and will develop a monthly lecture series).

Who is managing the RoGBC?

February 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Posted in FAQ | Leave a comment

There is a board of directors providing advice and guidance to the Council,  a core team (listed below) running the council and expert resources engaged on a project basis.  Our founding members contributed significant time and resources towards establishing the Council.   In addition, our members provide critical assistance in the accomplishment of the RoGBC’s objectives by participating in general activities and  Task Groups (including Legislative Outreach, Training, and Certification).

The Board of Directors for 2009-2010

Steven Borncamp – SOPOLEC – President of the Board and CEO

Bogdan Draganescu – WSP GROUP – Vice President of the Board

James Emmett – AQUARIUS GRUP – Treasurer

Florin Dobrescu – STARDOME – Representative in the Board of the Training and Certification Task Groups

Stephen Scrivens – LANDSCAPE TEHNOLOGIES – Representative in the Board of the Legislative Outreach Task Group

The RoGBC Team

Steven Borncamp, CEO; Task Group Leader “Training”

Anca Bieru, Director of Membership and Operations; Task Group Leader “Legislative Outreach”

Laura Nemoianu, Manager of Marketing and Communications

Florin Dobrescu, Technical Advisor; Task Group Co-Chairperson “Certification”

Cristina Siu, Project Specialist

Alina Kartman, Project Specialist

Anca Dobrescu, IT Specialist

Adrian Pop, Project Specialist & Cluj Representative; Organizer “Architecture Days”

Katja Perrey, Business Development

Michele Lagueux, Business Development

Mihaela Nicolau, Business Development

The Founding Board of Directors consisted of:

Steven Borncamp, President

Tudor Trita, Vice President

Bogdan Draganescu Ph.D., Vice President

Please contact us with any questions!

You have proposed a “green mortgage” initiative…what is it specifically?

February 3, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Posted in FAQ | Leave a comment

The basic concept is very simple… A bank agrees to offer financial incentives on their mortgages if the housing unit can demonstrate – via the mandatory energy certificate – that it has superior energy efficiency. The home buyer receives a monthly benefit as the mortgage payments are matched with considerably lower monthly energy bills. The bank has the greater security of a mortgage on a more valuable house and greater payment reliability from a home buyer with less energy expenses.

Quite simply, the green mortgage concept demonstrates new thinking on the valuation reducing potentially significant energy costs over the many years of home ownership. The RoGBC is in conversations with different banks and real estate developers to introduce this as a pilot project then roll it out as a new concept in home mortgages.

Is the RoGBC creating a voluntary green building certification similar to other countries such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standard, BRE BREEAM standard, and others?

February 3, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Posted in FAQ | Leave a comment

The Council will first and foremost support the Romanian government in the continued implementation of already existing legislation such as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) energy audits and new requirements and incentives for procuring environmentally responsible.

The RoGBC currently is supporting projects implementing either the LEED or BREEAM standard and views the voluntary certification schemes as a useful tool for promoting the transformation of the construction industry.
The Council will set up a technical committee to establish the supported scheme with an expected decision of April 2008.

What are the trends that have made green building and the formation of the RoGBC more urgent?

February 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Posted in FAQ | Leave a comment

Some of the trends making green building more urgent are:

  • Technology and design improvements and new thinking in the financing of energy efficiency improvements;
  • Projected local and global growth which drives resource constraints and increasing building and operating costs
  • Serious environmental concerns and the increasing societal, political and businesses desire to mitigate these concerns;
  • The necessity to enhance the collaboration within and across industries, government and civil society to eliminate barriers and align the interests of stakeholders to ensure the rapid and comprehensive adoption of green building practices
  • The important contribution that healthy, affordable and energy efficient homes have on the welfare and security of the nation for all income levels;
  • The productivity gains, innovation and other financial benefits that derive from excellent, sustainable design in office buildings and industrial facilities;
  • The attractiveness of environmentally responsible design in retail spaces increasingly desired by informed customers and its role in providing a high profile example for the public on sustainable business.

Why have the founding members created the RoGBC?

February 2, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Posted in FAQ | Leave a comment

The founding members recognized a need to demonstrate commitment and take serious actions to ensure the future construction growth in Romania complies with the principles of sustainable development. As industry leaders, the member companies also wanted to demonstrate their support for current and future Romanian and European legislation requiring better environmental performance from the construction industry.
While environmental responsibility is important, the founders also realize the strategic business advantage of building more energy efficiency buildings that use less resources in light of a future of higher energy prices, concerns about energy security, and the increasing cost of scarce resources for construction.

What is the Mission of the Romania Green Building Council?

February 1, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Posted in FAQ | Leave a comment

The Romania Green Building Council will endeavor to deliver the market, educational, and legislative conditions necessary to promote high performance construction that is both sustainable and profitable. We will create an exemplary development model for the region by ensuring the built environment will not imperil future generations but rather be a source of safety, comfort, innovation, and opportunity.

What is the Romania Green Building Council?

January 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Posted in FAQ | Leave a comment

The Romania Green Building Council (RoGBC) is a non-profit association of businesses encouraging the market, educational, and legislative conditions necessary to promote high performance construction that is both environmentally responsible and profitable. The RoGBC is officially accredited as an “Emerging Council” with the World Green Building Council (www.WorldGBC.org).

FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions

July 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm | Posted in FAQ | Leave a comment

In this section we will post and respond to members’ and the general public’s most frequent questions about the RoGBC and Green Building.

Leave a question in the comment section below and we will respond.

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