Gardiner & Theobald becomes Sentient, Central and Eastern Europe’s largest independent construction consultancy practiceOctober 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Posted in General, Green Building Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
Tags: RoGBC, Romania Green Building Professional
We are very pleased to inform you that the management team of the operating companies of Gardiner & Theobald CEE., a premier provider of construction consultancy services in Central and Eastern Europe, has completed a buyout of the companies from the parent company, Gardiner & Theobald LLP.
The new company, Sentient, will be owned exclusively by its management team to ensure continuity and business as usual. The company will continue to have close links with G&T with the intention of cooperating on opportunities as they arise.
We have been operating in CEE for almost 20 years and have established offices in Prague, Budapest, Warsaw, Bucharest, Bratislava and Zagreb. We are pleased to announce that we have already established new bases in Montenegro and East Africa to work with new and existing clients on some significant opportunities.
We are very excited about the change which will allow us to continue to provide client focused professional support exhibited prior to the acquisition in existing and new markets and sectors. We are now ideally placed, given our extensive experience and knowledge, to build on this structure, at a time when increased flexibility and fast on the ground decision-making is required to benefit our clients from the growing confidence in the region.
We thank you very much for your support in the past and look forward to working with you in the future.
Tags: buildings, ecobiblioteca, Green Building, Romania Green Building Council, sustainable architecture, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Development, sustainable_development
I wanted to extend a welcome to our recent addition to the Romania Green Building Council team, Mr. Paul Lannoye. Paul will serve as our Director of Projects and joining Mr. Dragos Riti as co-Director of our ecoBiblioteca project. Paul is a highly experienced real estate and construction professional with significant experience in Romania and on exemplary projects. His participation “in house” at the RoGBC will provide us some needed resource hours as we make the final construction push for ecoBiblioteca.
Paul can be reached at Paul.Lannoye@RoGBC.org and +40720 449 139.
Tags: Bucharest, Certification, ecobiblioteca, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Green Building Council, Green Building Projects, green buildings, green renovation, meeting, news from members, RoGBC, Romania Green Building Council, sustainability, sustainable architecture, Sustainable Construction
In the last meeting that took place in late February at RoGBC headquarters, it was establish what needs to be done to finalize the MEP project for the ecoBiblioteca project according to the new changes in the RoGBC design team.
As you know from previous posts, the ecoBiblioteca project will implement, for the first time in Romania (and in Europe) the Living Building Challenge ecological certification, which is the most accurate system for ecological building certification existing in the world. To be eligible for certification, Living Building Challenge requires that the building should be, between others prerequisites, a zero energy building – that means a very high performance envelope of the building and most energy efficient MEP systems and equipments.
According to the technical MEP project, designed by CUNDALL, the RoGBC member JETRUN, provided on the ecoBiblioteca project high performance equipment for heating system and for ventilation system, respecting Living Building Challenge requirements:
– the heating generation design system will be provided by VITASTAL, using a heating pump with borehole soil to water collection. Also, Vitastal will provide expertise in Net Zero Energy prerogative requested by Living Building Challenge certification.
– the distribution of the heating agent and the ventilation ducts will be provided by Thermaflex with duct that respect Living Building Challenge material prerogative.
– The heating system will be with CLINA radiant surfaces at low temperatures (max 30 C) through the ceiling. The design, consultancy and material would be provided by PROMAX Engineering – CLINA Romanian representatives.
– The lighting system design by B-lighting and the fixtures are be provided by our partners OSRAM.
The coordination of mechanical and electrical installation, as well as the implementation on site would be provided by our recent member DAS ENGINEERING GRUP, through its representative dipl eng Alexandra Stoica.
Tags: Building Greener Schools Campaign, Calnic Alba, Rehabilitation Project, Romania Green Building Council
On March 14th, the RoGBC team made a new visit to Câlnic in order to present their proposed technical solutions for the problems that had been previously identified and to receive a feedback from the beneficiaries regarding the sustainability strategies that are desired to be implemented.
Since there was a positive reaction to the proposals, they were followed by a more detailed presentation of the list of works that will be carried out on the building site. The lack of connection to the water distribuition and sewerage systems represents the major issue regarding the school’s building and resolving it as soon as possible is mandatory. Another important operation is introducing a heating system that will incorporate either a heat pump or a central system fueled with natural gas, depending on the funds provided by the local authorities.
Beside the officials that had announced their presence, the mayor of Câlnic, the vice-president of the Alba County Council and representatives of the National Agency for Rroma people, at the event there was also a representative of the Prefecture of the Alba County and representatives of the Alba County School Inspectorate .
In the following weeks, the project’s team will meet on every Wednesday, at 9 AM, at the AECOM headquarters, in order to further develop the details of the rehabilitation of the School from Câlnic, a project carried out within the “Building Greener Schools” campaign.
Tags: Building Greener Schools Campaign, Calnic Alba, Rehabilitation Project, Romania Green Building Council
Today, March 14th, the RoGBC team makes a new visit to Câlnic to discuss technical details about the rehabilitation project, carried out within the “Building Greener Schools” campaign.
During the visit, AECOM will present the architectural design in order to receive feedback from the beneficiaries regarding the proposed solutions. The discussion will also include technical details about the implementation of the solutions described in the sustainability strategy.
The list of works on the building site will be presented and an assessment of the potential local labor force will be made; this may include carpenters to help restore the window wood frames or other skilled people that could help with maneuver. Architects and engineers will use this visit to check some of the measurements of the architectural plans.
Local authorities present at this meeting are the mayor of Câlnic, vice-president of the Alba county council, and representatives of the National Agency for Rroma people and representatives of the Prefecture.
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Dear RoGBC members and friends, We are pleased to announce that the RoGBC office renovation project will be broadcasted on Realitatea TV television this Saturday, 9.00-10.00 pm (21:00-22:00), on Realitatea Tv.
You will also find it automatically archived here http://www.realitatea.net/emisiuni/reporteriirealitatii.html starting Saturday 10.00 pm (22:00).
We would like to thank all project partners once again for their collaboration in developing this project, and we hope you will enjoy the show!
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Construction21 and Metropolitan Solutions are organising a new European online contest
Cities and local authorities worldwide have something in common: they have to become so called “Smart cities”. The intensifying trend of urbanisation forces cities to upgrade their existing infrastructure and to completely develop new forms of infrastructure. Therefore city planers, architects, technical experts and decision makers need smart and practicable solutions that are resource efficient, secure, low in emissions and reliable at the same time. Future infrastructural systems have to be intelligent, autonomously and interlinked to insure the provision of rapidly growing urban populations alongside a high quality of life.
Buildings are an important factor in this urban development, and the “Sustainable Urban Building Contest” seeks to address this aspect. With a view to promoting Best Practice solutions, we ask applicants submitting buildings to the contest to showcase
solutions that are already feasible and have been made reality today. For buildings you have already completed, show us:
1. How buildings can be integrated into the infrastructures of the “city of the future”
2. How buildings can make a positive contribution to infrastructures of the “city of the future”
3. How buildings can help improve quality of life in a city
Applications can be submitted online from the 21st of January 2013 until the 22nd of February in 2013.
The voting phase starts at the 25th of February until the 13th of March of 2013.
Read more about the Contest and the rules at Construction21.eu .
The winners will be awarded to present their Best Practice Solutions at the Metropolitan Solutions Fair in Hannover (8 – 12 April 2013). Metropolitan Solutions has developed as platform for applications and solutions for cities and megacities, and has grown significantly since its launch in 2011. In April 2012, more than 70 exhibitors showcased their offers on 3,000 square meters. Beginning in 2013 the trade show has more space in Hall 1 and an innovative concept of immersion in the “city of the future”. Instead of the usual exhibition passageways, for example, visitors walk along streets lit with streetlamps. Panoramic wall images display forward-looking products and urban development solutions. Visitors are brought to Hall 1 in electric cars.
Tags: buildings, ecobiblioteca, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, EPBD, Green Building Projects, Living Building Challenge, news from members, Romania Green Building Council, Sustainable Development
The ecoBiblioteca project implement, for the first time in Romania (and in Europe) the Living Building Challenge ecological certification, which is the most accurate system for ecological building certification existing in the world. To be eligible for certification, Living Building Challenge require that the building should be a high energy performance building with energy efficient equipments.
According to the technical MEP project, designed by CUNDALL, the RoGBC member, JETRUN provided on the ecoBiblioteca project high performance equipment for heating system and for ventilation system, respectig Living Building Challenge requirements:
– the WOLF brine/water heat-pump equipment (BWS-1-16) with accessories;
– the high efficiency WOLF heat-exchanger (CWL 400) with accessories. (the recovering energy rate is 95%)
more about JETRUN you can find here.
more about ecoBiblioteca you can find here.
Tags: Bucharest, buildings, Energy Audit, Energy Certification, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Green Building Projects, news from members, RoGBC, Romania Green Building Council, Sustainable Construction
The new member of RoGBC, EGEEA Design, has made on 13 December 2012 an survey with a infrared camera of the RoGBC headquarters. As part of the RoGBC pilot project : Greening our Workspace Phase II.
The survey has revealed the main areas where the heat transfer is increased, know as Thermal Bridges. Areas which, besides the energy which is consumed (lost) to the exterior environment, they can develop mold and/or condensation on the interior finishing and also, more evident, they generate a thermal discomfort of the residents.
Below you can find some images from this survey.
the Office ceiling: with a lamp on the left and a thermal bridges on the right.
the Office windows (view from out side): with a thermal bridges on the lower part (parapet) where is also an radiator on the interior.
Exeterior view: the darker parts of the attic is covered with snow, the lighter parts o the attic are thermal bridges which are dry(not covered whit snow) due to the interior-exterior heat transfer.
Tags: Building Greener Schools Campaign, ecobblioteca, graphic design, RoGBC website, Romania's Greenest Buildings
The RoGBC team would like to wish you “Happy New Year” and all the best for 2013. We hope that this year will bring new and brighter perspective and a successful collaboration with our council.
We are proud to present to you a new version of the RoGBC website with a more powerful graphic design and information easier to be accessed. Please navigate and send us your feedback!
Special thanks to our graphic designer: arh Razvan Zamfira and for implementation to Extremis Technology