“Greening our Workspace” /RoGBC office renovation project documentary broadcasted on Realitatea TV

January 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Events, General, Green Building Projects, Greening our Wokspace, Member Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
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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!


Thermal bridges of RoGBC Heaquarters, showed with infrared camera made by EGEEA Design.

January 15, 2013 at 9:00 am | Posted in General, Green Building Projects, Greening our Wokspace, Member Projects, News from Members | 1 Comment
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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.


Attic ceiling


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.

RoGBC acoperis

New graphic design for the RoGBC website

January 11, 2013 at 11:36 am | Posted in Building Greener Schools, ecobiblioteca, General, Green Building Projects, Greening our Wokspace, Romania's Greenest Buildings | Leave a comment
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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

Photo Christmas party 2012

December 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Building Greener Schools, ecobiblioteca, Events, Green Building Projects, Greening our Wokspace, Romania's Greenest Buildings | Leave a comment
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We are very pleased to present photos from the Christmas party of the Romania Green Building Council dated December 13, 2012 held at the PZP architecture. Thank you to all who were present. We wish you Merry Christmas and a Sustainable New Year!


RoGBC associate members decorating the office for Christmas

December 20, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Posted in Building Greener Schools, ecobiblioteca, Events, General, Green Building Projects, Greening our Wokspace | Leave a comment
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December 20th:  a day for celebrating working together while decorating the RoGBC office with the help of our volunteers.

Thank you all for your efforts and work! Merry Green Christmas to everybody!

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Romania Green Building Council – Christmas Party 2012

December 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Building Greener Schools, ecobiblioteca, Events, General, Green Building Projects, Greening our Wokspace | Leave a comment
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As it became a tradition every year, on December 13 Romania Green Building Council  organized the RoGBC holiday party dedicated to members, partners and friends.

This year the party was organized at  PZP Arhitectura HQ – one of the most recent members of the council.

All members, partners and friends of the RoGBC were invited to take part in the event! While enjoying a glass of wine and tasting seasonal goodies, the RoGBC team gave a short summary of the pilot projects developed so far:

– Building Greener Schools campaign and it’s winner – Calnic Middle School that will benefit of a green renovation. The partners of the campaign up to date are: AECOM, Aquarius Grup, CEMS Tehnologii, Cofely Romania, Greenitiative, Saint Gobain, Tassullo. Also, an appeal was initiated to all partners of the organization interested to take part in this project and support sustainable education.

– Renovation project of the RoGBC office – pahse two developed with the help of PZP Arhitectura

– Works status for the ecobiblioteca project

And for all these achievements, Santa Claus sent a gift, ecological of course!, to the Steven Borncamp – President of the RoGBC. The gift, a wooden tie, was made of recovered wood from a windows factory in Targu Mures.

The wonderful Christmas holiday atmosphere was created also by the sound of Christmas carols, Christmas tree and raffle gifts prepared by Greenitiative to support eco – education all Romania’s schools

“Green Office Program” involved in the project “Partnership for Sustainable Development”

August 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Posted in General, Green Building Projects, Greening our Wokspace, Training | Leave a comment
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“Save The Danube and the Danube Delta” Association together with Media Monitoring Agency – Active Watch are coordinating the project “Partnership for sustainable development” through which the foundations of the first sustainable development company in Romania will be created.

The main objective of the “Partnership for sustainable development” Project is represented by the improvement of the programming in order to get a consistent and sustainable absorption of the European Social Fund ( ESF ) finances.

The purpose of the project is to assure the resources needed in order to implement the “sustainable development”  horizontal theme in the projects financed through the Operational Programme for Human Resources Development” (POS DRU).

Mainly, during the discussions they  pointed out the ecological approach of some types of activities characteristic to the POS DRU projects, doing ,in the same time, a short analysis of some projects implemented by the regional meetings participants. Appling the “sustainable development” criteria was based on ecological approach in activities such as:

•workshops, lectures, training courses, practice, training at work, competence fairs, scholarships – specialized modules(examples : sustainable development, renewable energy, green economy, The European Union strategy 2020 etc.) and base courses sections, practice projects, business plans, dissertation topics, research, tests, elearning platforms, magazine articles dedicated to sustainable development.

•organizing  awareness campaigns on different topics ( waste management, “greenjobs” , corporate social responsibility etc.) in order to develop a ecological culture for the POS DRU project  beneficiaries;

•green acquisitions – purchasing ,in the POS DRU projects, ecological products/services from the nine voluntary assumed categories by Romania in The European Union;

•sustainable transport : encouraging common transportation, train transportation, using bicycles and hybrid car transportation.

Under the job training activities there was also a meeting where our colleague Monica Zarnescu was invited, as Green Office Manager.

The UniCredit Consumer Financing team spent some hours recording information about the “Partner for sustainable development” Project and also about “Green Office Program” developed by RoGBC, pointing  examples of good uses of green working spaces that bring important economies, improve and raise the employees productivity and also presentation of cases and actions that can make an office more sustainable.

The case study presented by RoGBC is the result of research in the field of green procurement and efforts to implement the operation and maintenance criteria taken from voluntary green building certification criteria.

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Electrolux supports “Greening our Workspace” project

March 15, 2012 at 5:12 am | Posted in Green Building Projects, Greening our Wokspace | Leave a comment
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Electrolux supports “Greening our Workspace”, the demonstration project aiming to transform the RoGBC headquarters into a truly sustainable work environment.

It is a project that showcases and develops the green good practices that RoGBC and its partners have implemented so far, that was planned as a three phased process. The first stage of the project was done between mid-October and the end of 2011.

Green Office strategy and Electrolux vision are closely related : innovation and low-cost maintenance, sustainability and energy efficiency.

In this project, Electrolux participated by introducing appliances from the GREEN line.

The Ultrasilencer Green vacuum cleaner is a sustainable product for a number of reasons.

First of all, it is mostly made out of recycled plastic.

The message that best describes Ultrasilencer Green is the fact that materials usually considered waste can become a valuable prime matter in the process of creating a new product.

Ever since the product was in design phase, its whole life cycle was planned. Not only is the appliance sustainable, but the materials used for packing it are also recycled. In addition to this, after “retirement”, the product is 92% recyclable.

Green facts about Ultrasilencer :

  • Each vacuum cleaner from the Electrolux Green linesaves about2 liters of petrol and 80 liters of water usually consumed during production;
  • 90% less energy is being used to produce components out of recycled plastic than using new plastic as prime matter;
  • Energy saved – 40% less than the average vacuum cleaner;
  • 55% of the vacuum cleaner’s plastic components are recycled;
  • Silent Air Technology concept creates a sound level of just 68DB(A);
  • The HEPA filter purifies the air by 99.95% (HEPA 13); actually, the air that is being exhaled by the appliance during cleaning is healthier than the one being sucked in;
  • The s-bag® GREEN dirt sack is made out of 100% biodegradable content, so that it can decompose in natural environment in less than 15 weeks;

Therefore, our “Greening our Workspace” demonstration project has won an efficient but silent green ally in the fight against dirt.

The RoGBC wishes to thank Electrolux for their involvement in our project by introducing this innovative product.

Monica Zarnescu

The RoGBC has a greener office space

December 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Posted in Events, Green Building Projects, Greening our Wokspace | Leave a comment
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On December 8, at the RoGBC Holiday party, we unveiled our new and greener headquarters. “Greening our Workspace” is an exciting pilot project developed over three phases, aiming to sustainably renovate and technically upgrade the building that hosts our organization.

The first Phase of the project took place between the middle of October and December 8th and had the main objective of remodeling the ground floor of the building in a flexible and green manner. The Romania Green Building Council is the venue that places everyone involved in the sustainable market under the same roof : students taking part at the “Romania Green Building Professional” Certification and Training platform, green building professionals  but also companies willing to showcase their newest sustainable products. Therefore, the existing space must be able to receive events with a lot of guests. This is meant to be a lively and comfortable space where people of various ages and professions gather to share information about a different kind of architecture, the environmentally responsible one.

The two stories (plus loft) villa on Ialomicioarei street is a mix of fragments of different ages. The oldest part of the building, dating  back in the 40’s, is comprised of two rooms situated two steps higher than the rest of the ground floor. The metal door used to be an exterior access until the ‘90s extension of the house and the window used to bring light into the space. However, at the beginning of the project, the former access room worked poorly as a kitchen without sink and the other room served only as a passing space to the other parts of the house. The RoGBC intervention proposed changing the layout of the entire area. Each of the two rooms got a separate access, the old kitchen became a new office/meeting room and the bigger room became a kitchen/dining table that opens towards the event room.

The project was developed based on the “Cradle-to-Cradle” principle, so each building element had to be integrated in a new life cycle in order to achieve a better waste management. For example, the architectural decision to create a new access for the future kitchen has translated itself into opportunities to reuse the on-site resources. The bricks that made up the window battlement were carefully deconstructed, piece by piece and rebuilt in order to form the new structure of the stairs, and the window placed horizontally becomes the new office reception.

The ceilings of the two small rooms were made with the traditional formula of wood strips covered in plaster and clay reinforced with cane. This mixture was used as a filler, it was watered and compressed in order to create the new access platform.

The wood strips that supported the ceiling were recovered,  existing nails were removed, strips were planed, treated and integrally reused. Some of them have become the pillars of the stair case connecting the ground floor with the first floor, respectively the first basement level with the ground floor and the rest make up the RoGBC “Christmas Tree” made with recovered nails and a metal pipe found in the attic, so all materials are local.

Our wish was to open-up the environment of the RoGBC’s office towards more optimistic approaches, closer to the organization’s goal. The solution chosen to cover the floor was the Tarkett linoleum provided by EPA System, which represents a successful combination between traditional materials – rapeseed oil, jute, natural resins and cork – and contemporary demands related to mechanical resistance and aspect. The existing laminated flooring, reddish color, was carefully removed, cleaned and partially donated, and partially reused. After leveling the support substrate with a self leveling screed, the Veneto xf linoleum was installed in all rooms.

The new visual identity of the event hall was however accomplished by not only introducing some radically new elements but also by the transfiguration of the existing furniture (covering with removable wrappers of different colors) and by positioning it within a different layout.

For the wall finishes we used the white skim TF1000 provided by Tassullo, as this was chosen due to its properties of adjusting the humidity in accordance to the environment and allowing the walls to breath.  The skim “Malta Fina” is a finish prepared of dead-lime and selected inert materials, with a maximum aggregate grading of 0,5 mm, for finishing the interior plasters based on hydraulic binders.

In the events area, and also in the meeting room, Hunter Douglas proposed an acoustic false ceiling made by aluminum elements with various sizes, harmonized with each other.

The two rooms with a changed function were the subject of a full rearrange. After freeing the ceiling from the clay and cane load, the wood beams that were discovered represented an aesthetically pleasing surprise. As the specialists from the structural engineering company Strucon Proiect evaluated the wood beams as being safe, it was decided to keep their appearance. Cleaned, planed and vanished in a good manner, the beams are telling a part of the history of the house.

The two doors – from which one is replacing the old one, while the second one is a new step in the house circuit –were chosen in such a way to allow the access of the natural light, and also to protect the intimacy of the interior spaces from the events area. The two sliding partitions provided by Etem Building Solutions are made by tempered glass and aluminum structure, an easily removed and recycled assembly at the end of life cycle of the elements.

Both rooms received a significant technological upgrade. In the kitchen, Electrolux took part on the project by donating the energy efficient home appliances from the Green range. Moreover, new lightning devices were proposed through the project realized by Eng. Dorin Beu from B-lightning and provided by Phillips for the whole surface of the ground floor.

New electrical circuits, and also traditional elements (sockets, switches, cable trays) were necessary for powering up all these. The company that offered the optimal solution was Schneider Electrics, and that implements an intelligent system for automating the electrical network in the whole building, starting with the 2nd phase of the project.

The kitchen won a sink an aerator filter and the possibility of metering the water flow, which saves water use, but the innovation doesn’t stop there. A cabinet was made by associate members and RoGBC employees using less conventional materials. Parquet strips recovered from the floor coming from the event room were “covered” in cardboard measuring 2,5 mm (100% recycled) and painted here and there. This sandwich was then cut by a model, and the resulted pieces were merged together by the traditional process of interlocking using as additional stiffening elements some wood strips recovered from the former kitchen ceiling. Both the adhesive that served as binder and the paint are products provided by the company Kerakoll.

The new paintings are works signed by Ruxandra Raileanu, who chose in order to create them a theme inspired by the world of biology and natural materials.

In terms of decoration, RoGBC team has shown creativity and thinking outside the box. Until delivering the final solution for lighting, the lamps in the kitchen and the new office had to be protected, so it came the idea of manufacturing an exclusive shade made by using the materials that we already had there. Thus, we made a lamp from several Igloo magazine issues, and it still allows us to read the articles. The other shade was improvised from some reinforcing fabric mesh used to plaster the facades (provided by building team leader from Select Mandexim) and some dishes made from corn starch, common in RoGBC properties.

The decorations for the Christmas tree were also exclusively made from paper surplus found in our office coming from brochures, catalogs or old magazines.

But certainly the most meaningful for RoGBC is the so-called “truth window” located on the visual axis of the room access. Rather than getting rid of them, we chose to integrate here considering a point of maximum visibility, a great part of the waste or the items “discovered” on the construction field, along with materials that have become characteristic for this project. Thus, on a cardboard, clamped to the columns which held the linoleum rollers, are found some pieces of bricks, stone, wood strips and pieces of old tiles – all visually enhanced by the window which was located until yesterday in the existing kitchen wall.

More information to follow shortly.

“Only God can make a tree… but the RoGBC came close” 🙂

RoGBC office renovation version 2.0

November 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Events, Green Building Projects, Greening our Wokspace | Leave a comment
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Romania Green Building Council presents

1.WHAT ?

“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.

3. HOW?

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.

RoGBC’s Associate Member, Mihai Toader Pasti reusing old wood for creating wet floor signage

Final product

Using the “Cradle to Cradle” principle we reused an old wine bottle box to create a new tea support

Cristina Siu

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