INFO Session – Green Home Pavilion

March 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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First Info Session about Green Home Pavilion RoGBC took place at the RoGBC office  Thursday, March 20th .

The session began with the presentation of National Real Estate Fair held by Cristina Bercea , PR & Marketing Manager. TNI is the largest fair of its kind on the Romanian market and it is offering to the visitors real estate financing solutions , eco design building , electrical echipament, home landscaping ingenious solutions , water and air filtration systems and new this year, Green Home Pavilion ( exhibition space for projects and case studies of green residential) .

In the second part of the Info Session we had the pleasure to watch with great interest the concept and design of  Green Home Pavilion made by Ina Leonte – Architect Zest Collective.

In the end Monica Zarnescu, Manager Finance & Green Office Romania Green Building Council spoke with the participants about the purpose of the Green Home Pavilion, to educate and explain better the benefits of home buyers about the energy efficient and environmental responsibity .

Green Home Pavilion will be a dedicated space within the TNI fair in Bucharest and provide presentations, case studies and exhibits on green technologies, traditional building solutions and ideas, and free consultations for saving money while providing healthier and higher quality homes.

More details … http://bit.ly/1r4eo7L

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Europe Regional Network addresses the Energy and Environment Ministers on the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework.

February 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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2030: Europe Regional Network outlines need for investment certainty

The Europe Regional Network of WorldGBC has today written to Energy and Environment Ministers outlining the need for a coherent set of legally binding targets within the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework.

The letter from the Network notes that three targets for 2030 are needed, for energy efficiency, greenhouse gas reductions and member state renewable quotas, alongside a sector energy efficiency target for buildings. A number of EU countries are currently pushing for a single greenhouse gas target to replace the current ’20-20-20’ targets within the EU’s 2020 framework, though the European Parliament has supported a three target approach.

James Drinkwater, Senior Policy Advisor to the Network, said: “This is a matter of certainty for the companies investing in products and services that can transform our energy system for good. They need to know that EU policy-makers support their business models over the long-term so that they can create new facilities and jobs in the region without fear of having to cut this all back in the event national policies change. Many of our members are focused on unlocking the energy efficiency potential of the building sector, which is a complex issue that needs long-term political backing as well as market based solutions.”

Joanne Wheeler, Chair of the Network’s Policy Task Force, said: “The buildings sector has long been recognised as the sector with the greatest potential for cost effective climate action which will save money for businesses and householders. However, significant market barriers persist, and this means that industry needs long-term policy signals in order to invest and deliver greener buildings. A sector energy efficiency target would help focus minds across both public and private sectors, helping deliver buildings that are fit for the 21st Century.”

To view the letter click here

Introducing the Network

Green Building Councils are not-for-profit, member-based organisations that are driving the transformation of buildings, communities and users’ behaviour towards sustainability. The World Green Building Council is a coalition of over 100 national Green Building Councils around the world, making it the largest international organisation influencing the Green Building marketplace.

Our Europe Regional Network consists of over 30 national Green Building Councils and works in collaboration with around 4,500 member companies across Europe, which represent the full breadth of stakeholders in the buildings industry. A crucial part of Green Building is bringing the whole value chain in our industry together to provide better solutions, and this is exactly what we are doing through our members.

www.worldgbc.org/regions/europe

TNI Green Home Pavilion – Exhibiting Green Home Projects and Solutions

February 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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Romania Green Building Council (RoGBC) and Târgul Național Imobiliar (TNI) announce a partnership to develop a Green Home Pavilion  to educate home buyers on the benefits of energy efficient and environmentally responsible homes. Green Home Pavilion will be a dedicated space within the TNI fair in Bucharest and provide presentations and exhibits on green technologies, traditional building solutions and ideas, and free consultations for saving money with a healthier and greener lifestyle.

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Key Features of Event

Exhibition Space for Green Residential Projects

The organizers offer an aisle of 90 sqm of the exhibition for green residential projects, which will enable the pavilion to become a significant sector within the fair. These booths are offered to RoGBC members for a special discount.

The Romania Green Building Council Booth

The 20 sqm of the RoGBC booth will be used as display area for green building systems, a product from each category.  This exhibit will play the role of a ‘technical museum’ where companies can showcase their products in simulation of a built environment.

The RoGBC booth will also host the presentation and education area, whith thematic presentations on the different benefits of a green home.

We thank our members ZEST Collective for pavilion concept and design.

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Green Renovation within the Ion Creanga HighSchool in Bucharest

February 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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Within the Building Greener Schools campaign, a classroom of the Ion Creanga High School in Bucharest benefits from a green renovation with the support of RoGBC and our members.

 

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These days they are installing a lighting system based on LED technology, provided by Zumtobel. Under the “Light for Education and Science” application, Zumtobel will demonstrate how the bright, uniform illumination of both horizontal and vertical surfaces is the basis for optimal visual and learning conditions.

Pictures with the finished classroom will be coming soon. 

“Build Greener Schools” is an initiative of the Romania Green Building Council to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breath, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future.

The Business Case for Green Building and European Green Building Policy Challenges – In Discussion with James Drinkwater

January 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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On January 29, at the Clifford Chance Badea headquarters, we organized a meeting between James Drinkwater, Senior Policy Advisor, World Green Building Council (Europe Regional Network) and RoGBC members. On this occasion, James Drinkwater held two seminars dedicated to introducing the members into the matter of policy change and of the next steps for the industry in order to help government and the EU take the best decisions.

The first seminar presented the World GBC’s landmark 2013 report on the costs and benefits of green building, underlining the business case for green building. If in 2007 the reason for building green was that it was the right thing to do, the incentive has gradually shifted up to today, more and more companies investing in green buildings because these stand for a better business decision.

In the second seminar of the session, James Drinkwater discussed EU green building policy and legislation, going through major challenges that governments and businesses are facing. This discussion highlighted the opportunity for creating a voice of industry in support of policy regulation.

The RoGBC Policy Task Group comes as an initiative to channel this voice of the green building industry in Romania, to discuss the needs, objectives and opportunities of each stakeholder on the market and put these forward for regulation. As a RoGBC member, if you want to take part in this Policy Task Group, please contact Monica.Ardeleanu@RoGBC.org.

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Artifex – state of the art on energy efficiency in the textile industry

January 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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Jetrun EnergoEco commissioned the HVAC equipment at Artifex, a textile manufacturing plant in Focsani, Romania.

 In 2012 , Artifex started the total renovation of a 13 500 m2 working space, located in Focsani. The production process involves various types of activities , each activity requiring a different microclimate . A common essential element is the need for a strict control of the humidity level. The client wanted a system that provided energy efficiency and a high level of comfort for the employees, which became a challenge for the whole team who worked on the project: the design company Cepronef, the execution company Amteh and the equipment supplier Jetrun EnergoEco.

 

The project requirements regarding energy efficiency and a high level of comfort have increased the complexity of the system and asked for a creative approach . We opted for implementing a geothermal heat pump solution, creating one of the largest industrial projects that use geothermal energy in Romania . We decided to follow the operating parameters of the system to develop a practical knowledge base in this area which is less explored in our country. ” said Adrian Moisa, general manager at Jetrun .

 

The ventilation system is made up of 4 air handling units Wolf KG Top 510 of 40,000 m3 / h with rotary heat recovery system and KG Top 190 of 10,000 m3 / h with plate heat recovery . Given the high density of employees, it is important to ensure a consistent volume of fresh air without affecting the overall efficiency of the installation. The heat recovery system benefits from a special treatment to ensure humidity recovery from the spent air, an extremely important function to reduce the need for additional humidification in winter. As for increased comfort for the employees, we opted for underfloor heating and cooling. By reducing the heat and cooling load of the ventilation system, we can reduce the difference in temperature between the introduced fresh air and the air inside the room, thus eliminating the discomfort created by conventional systems for heating / ventilation .

 

The air introduction piping was made ​​up of textile fabric and the exhaust air system was made up of metal. To ensure the thermal load for heating and cooling , Jetrun delivered 4 reversible geothermal heat pumps of 250 Kw each, with multiscroll technology and intelligent cascading kit, produced by Hiref . The heat pumps extract heat from a geothermal field of 120 wells of 120m depth and covers the entire heat demand of the building. At a COP 4.0, the primary energy consumption is reduced 4 times compared to a standard system .

 

About Jetrun EnergoEco

 

Jetrun EnergoEco is the official supplier in Romania for well known HVAC equipment manufacturers such as Wolf Heiztechnik and provides a full range of products from boilers and heat pumps to air handling units, chillers, cogeneration systems. At Jetrun, we believe in energy efficiency and a responsible use of resources. The people we work with on industrial or commercial projects recognize us for our support and involvement in the project design phase, installation and maintenance.

 

Website:www.jetrun.ro

 

 

 

The Business Case for Green Building’ / ‘Navigating European Green Building Policy Challenges

January 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

29th of January 2014 // Ora 9:00 –12:00 // Location: RoGBC 

RoGBC Members are invited to a networking and informational session in Bucharest with James Drinkwater, Senior Policy Advisor for the World Green Building Council. (Europe Regional Network)

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James advises on European green building law and policy for the network of over 30 national Green Building Councils around Europe, coordinating their advocacy work as well as the work of WorldGBC’s global Policy Task Force. He has a Masters from the University of Cambridge, and a background in corporate and finance law. Previously an associate with the Environment and Climate Change practice of global law firm Linklaters LLP, he specialised in advising global corporations on UK and EU sustainable real estate law and policy, renewable energy projects and chemicals regulation. He also previously worked for the Royal Institute of British Architects, focusing on sustainable building policy and EU public procurement reform.

9:00-9:30 Coffee and Registration

9:30-10:00 Seminar 1: ‘The Business Case for Green Building’ will inform participants about WorldGBC’s landmark 2013 report on the costs and benefits of green building, taking a look at:

  • WorldGBC and the growth of the green building movement around the world;
  • Design and construction costs;
  • Asset value;
  • Operating costs;
  • Workplace productivity and health; and
  • Risk mitigation.

10:00-11:00 Networking Break

11:00-12:00 Seminar 2: ‘European Green Building Policy Challenges’ will inform participants and hold Q&A about:

  • The Europe Regional Network of WorldGBC;
  • EU green building policy and legislation and major challenges that governments and businesses are facing.

To secure a place at the seminars please RSVP by email to Monica.Ardeleanu@RoGBC.org no later than 23 January. Please note that the seminars will be in English.

CONTACT: Monica.Ardeleanu@RoGBC.org

 

Advocacy and your GBC: How to Build Your Voice with Government

January 14, 2014 at 11:41 am | Posted in General | Leave a comment

27 January //  15:00 –17:00// Location: RoGBC

James Drinkwater, Senior Policy Advisor, World Green Building Council (Europe Regional Network)

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James advises on European green building law and policy for the network of over 30 national Green Building Councils around Europe, coordinating their advocacy work as well as the work of WorldGBC’s global Policy Task Force. He has a Masters from the University of Cambridge, and a background in corporate and finance law. Previously an associate with the Environment and Climate Change practice of global law firm Linklaters LLP, he specialised in advising global corporations on UK and EU sustainable real estate law and policy, renewable energy projects and chemicals regulation. He also previously worked for the Royal Institute of British Architects, focusing on sustainable building policy and EU public procurement reform.

Current Members of RoGBC’s Policy Task Force, RoGBC members are invited to a special 2 hour interactive workshop with WorldGBC Senior Policy Advisor James Drinkwater, which will explore:

  • Why a GBC needs a strong policy/advocacy function that is member led;
  • How you can build your GBC’s voice with government and lead green building policy change through 9 advocacy principles; and
  • How GBCs are doing this around the world, with examples from the US, Australia and the UK.

The workshop will be the first stage in the design of RoGBC’s new policy/advocacy strategy, which will be led by RoGBC’s Director of Policy and Development Monica Ardeleanu with the support of WorldGBC.
To secure a place at the workshop must RSVP by email to Monica.Ardeleanu@RoGBC.org no later than 23 January. Please note that the workshop will be in English.

CONTACT Monica.Ardeleanu@RoGBC.org

Six buildings qualify for property tax reductions for certified green projects

January 6, 2014 at 4:31 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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ImageAfter one and a half years since the city of Cluj-Napoca, RO adopted a financial incentive rewarding green building certifications the market for green solutions has ignited. The Romania Green Buildning Council has issued six certifications of conformity recommending to the municipality that six buildings receive the 75% property tax reduction based on their obtaining an “A” on the Energy Performance Certificate and an internationally recognized green building certification. The first round of buildings were certified either under the LEED or BREEAM rating tool schemes. The pipeline of green building projects in the city is large with many more certifications expected to follow.

Dorin Beu Ph.D., Director of the Romania GBC’s Transilvania branch, who visited the building sites noted important components implemented included locations with close proximity to public transportation, energy efficiency measures and “smart building” BMS technology, bike storage and enforcement of smoking-free zones within the buildings.

The property tax reduction is valid for both commercial and residential developments but primarily only the commercial building projects are seeking green certifications as the overall level of property tax legislation is already very low for residential versus commercial tax rates.

Combining social innovation and very green office operations

January 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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ImageOur office in the Romania Green Building Council’s headquarters in Bucharest utilizes the RECICLETA service to handle our office’s paper waste. This innovative program helps disadvantaged persons with a legal job and utilizes cargo bikes to pick up and transport the recycled paper. Recently, ViitorPlus, the organization behind RECICLETA was recognized with a prize in the European Investment Bank Institute for Social Innovation Tournament.

Congratualtions to ViitorPlus! We would be interested to see your submissions of other innovative programs for green office operations.

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