Liberty Technology Park Cluj was granted the first BREEAM Major Refurbishment certificate with a „Very Good” rating in Romania

September 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Certification, Member Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
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Liberty Technology Park Cluj received on the 4th of September the final BREEAM International certificate (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method).


The 1st BREEAM certificate for major refurbishments ever received in Romania


It’s the first BREEAM certificate for major refurbishments obtained by a building in Romania, proving thus the developer’s wish to create a project that uses all its resources to offer exceptional comfort and amenities to its residents. Moreover, the BREEAM assessment indicates the concern for capitalizing the industrial heritage, whilst contributing to Cluj-Napoca’s recent history and encouraging the development potential of the sites’ vicinities. The developer’s objectives were, in many ways, exactly the same as the BREEAM requirements.

The industrial heritage that came along with buying the Libertatea furniture factory included 5 buildings. During the first stage of the development, delivered in December 2013, buildings B and C were refurbished. These offer a total of 5 600 sq m occupied by class A offices and a restaurant. At the moment developments for the second stage of the project are ongoing, revitalizing buildings D and E, offering a total of 13 412 sq m.



The developer’s initial intention was to keep and ingeniously use all the resources offered by the former factory, to recycle all that is to recycle, giving thus life to a new ecosystem, built on the remains of the former, without eradicating it completely and rather by putting to good use all that it has to offer.

Voluntary Certification for Green Buildings in Romania

April 1, 2014 at 10:52 am | Posted in Training | Leave a comment
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At the end of March we had the great pleasure of having Elena Rastei in Bucharest – Sustainability Researcher at the Institute for Eco-Innovation |LEED & BREEAM Specialist at EcoVision Consulting

Elena Rastei is an environmentalist and sustainability specialist with over four years of expertise in green building certification systems and resource efficiency at both national and international levels. Some of her current LEED and BREEAM projects include Studium Green Campus, Romania Green Building Council -offices in Bucharest and Cluj Napoca, Vision and De’Longhi Romania.

The course lasted one day and the goal was to explain and educate the participants in the international voluntary certification for green buildings buildings.

Some of the topics discussed by Elena are:
– How to become LEED , BREAM or Living Building Challenge assessor (what are this certifications).
– Assessment Procedures
– Comparison between LEED and BREAM
– Reviews for communities (less known in Romania)
– Case Studies and practical exercises


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.

Sustainable Exterior and Landscape Design

November 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Posted in General, Training | Leave a comment
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katjaThe course “Sustainable Exterior and Landscape Design” was held by trainer Katja Negru Perrey in the “Romania Green Building Professional” platform.

Sustainable Landscape Design and Installation is an important component for building projects seeking internationally recognized green buildings certifications such as ‘Living Building Challenge‘, LEED, BREEAM or DGNB certificates.  Topics include: site analysis, drainage and water management, sustainable design considerations, plant selection, landscape installation and maintenance.

Mrs. Negru Perrey is an active member at the Romania Green Building Council, the San Diego chapter of the USGBC and the European Chapter of the World Green Building Council, where she conducts ‘Sustainable Exterior and Landscape Design’ workshops for architects, developers, engineers and other stakeholders of the building industry. Recently she has designed the exterior and landscape for the first ‘Living Building Challenge‘ project in Europe – a library renovation in Cacica/Romania, which is lead and financed by the RoGBC and its member companies.

Carlo Battisti and Historical Renovations using Green Principles

October 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Posted in General, Training | Leave a comment
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carlo battistiRomania Green Building Council had the honour to invite Carlo Battisti in Bucharest for teaching the course “Historical Renovations using Green Principles”.

Carlo Battisti has 20 years of experience in several Italian construction firms performing multiple roles. He has worked for Habitech, Distretto Tecnologico Trentino (Italy) – the founding member of Green Building Council Italy – as Program Manager of the Business Unit on Sustainable Materials and Construction Products. He launched the web site ‘green map’; the first Italian on-line database of LEED compliant products.

The workshop provided an overview and case studies about historic building, about main problems and opportunities in sustainable renovation of historic building, a new rating system for historic building sustainable refurbishment assessment and others interesting subjects related to historical renovations.

Managing Green Building Projects

August 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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On the 8th of August, Romania Green Building Council organized the Managing Green Building Project workshop, in Bucharest, a comprehensive insight into the key principles of sustainable construction.

We were privileged to have Eric Johnson among us, a consultant specialized in planning, cost management, and delivery of green commercial development projects. Eric demonstrated the importance of management quality, sharing from his vast experience gained as a LEEP AP and BREEAM Assessor and involvement in numerous international committees of experts.

Among the objective, the course tried to give a full definition of an integrated project management, identify the requirements and challenges posed, as well as the assessment tools and strategies needed to successfully deliver high performance building projects, aiming to increasing profitability through streamlined management and planning practices.

The 30 participants enjoyed an interactive training, the informative sessions were interspersed with case studies and teamwork, which helped them successfully achieve the objectives. Also, they identified the most appropriate ways of implementing best business practices for the management of sustainable buildings.

We believe that raising public awareness about the use of assessment tools and adopting an integrated project management, will help the future development in this area.

Event location at the Cervantes Institute was provided by our partners AECOM, which was the perfect setting for out courses and we would like to use this opportunity and Thank them!

For more pictures visit our Facebook page.

Launch of the Guide for Local Tax Reduction on Green Buildings

August 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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Following the increased interest of the public authorities in Bucharest and throughout the country in the sustainable development of the built environment, on Monday, the 10th of June, Romania Green Building Council and the Association of Municipalities of Romania launched the Guide for local tax reduction on green buildings during the conference on financial incentives for the promotion of green constructions with a high energetic performance.  

The document represents a working instrument for the local public authorities, meant to support the decision making process in order to attract investments for the construction of green buildings and to reward the investors’ efforts through tax reduction on these buildings.

The launch of the guide was accompanied by presentations that traced the context of the legislative proposal for tax reduction on green buildings.  Mr. Steven Borncamp, president of the Romanian Green Building Council, launched the presentation series through a detailing of the benefits that the green buildings bring to both the Romanian community and to the development of the construction industry’s capacities. Mr. Borncamp depicted the necessity and the commitment required from the private investors to provide significant investments for the development of sustainable new buildings or renovation projects in exchange for the benefit of tax reduction.  He also highlighted several success cases, including the Cluj-Napoca Municipality, the first town to apply the tax reduction on buildings in order to reward energy efficiency and green performance. In this respect, the vice- mayor of Bucharest, Mr. Marcel Nicolaescu, confirmed the orientation of the capital city towards an environmentally friendly urban development.

Luiza Manolea presented the legislation that stands at the basis of the decision of tax reduction on green buildings, a chance with which she highlighted the characteristics and principles on which this kind of tax incentives are rewarded, ensuring a high adaptability to the specificities of each community and willing to establish a balance between the interest of the community and that of the building owners. In this way, the highest investment efforts and the achievement of the highest sustainability requirements are rewarded through tax reductions, for a longer period up to four years,  while the tax reductions don’t exceed a cumulative of 80% of the tax due.  Also, she mentioned that the proposed fiscal measure for the promotion of green building is different from other fiscal or financial incentives, as: it includes all types of buildings, not only the residential ones, the investment comes from the owner, the initiative is private, the energetic efficiency requirements are higher and are accompanied by sustainability criteria, whose achievement is confirmed by final certifications internationally recognised.

Bringing a new perspective to the subject, this time the view of the energetic auditor, Mr. Eugen Goldhammer sent out a clear message- You can’t manage what you can’t measure. Thus, he highlighted the benefits of an energetic audit, both from the point of view of the authorities and that of the companies, given that it represents a major instrument within the implementation process and further on in the annual monitoring of the environmental management  systems, according to ISO 14001 and EMAS, and that it has an important part in reaching the established objectives through the annual and multi- annual strategies  of increasing the energetic efficiency and of reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide, and not the least, it reduces costs with maintenance of the buildings.

Further on, Alinda Dudu’s presentation concentrated on the introduction of the main international certifications in sustainability. She discussed the fact that the international certification standards for green buildings, of which LEED and BREEAM are the best known, represent a viable method of evaluating the performance in sustainability of a building. These systems are voluntary, neutrals- managed by third parties and can be applied at different stages of the building’s life, as well as to a variety of architectonic programs in Romania.

In addition to this, the subject of creating a package of tax incentives, neutrals from the point of view of the expenses, has been brought to discussion, in order to encourage the development of constructions, renovations and the management of environmentally friendly buildings, while bringing significant value to the local and regional economy. Mr. John Lyins discussed this subject, adding that from the point of view of the employees, they can only gain from the low rate of absenteeism and of illness, as well as from the increase of efficiency at the workplace.

The interest shown by the public authorities and their openness towards the improvement of community life encourage and at the same time bind us to continue the initiative to build or transform existing buildings into sustainable constructions. We wish that through this practical Guide, also meant to be a model of decision making for the local counsel, we can contribute to the implementation of as many instruments for the stimulation of green building constructions. 

The guide for local tax reduction on green buildings, as well as the legislation pack that provided the basis to its realization can be accessed on the homepage of the Romania Green Building Council.

Learn more about the “Property Tax Reduction” Legislative Guide on “Money Magazine” – The Money Channel, Friday April 5th, 9:00pm

April 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Posted in Certification, General | Leave a comment
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Luiza Manolea, Attorney at Law and Leader of the Legislative Outreach Task Group will talk about the legislative guide proposal aimed at recognizing achievements in green building tax reduction for green building owners.

“The RoGBC initiative to propose property tax reduction as a mechanism to promote green building is based on : the results of the report “Measures to attract investment in local green buildings“, which indicates the property tax reduction or exemption for a period of time, as forefront among the most relevant and easy to implement measures for encouraging the development of energy efficient buildings by public authorities, on the existing legislative framework regarding establishing property tax by local decisions, but within the limits set at national level on the Fiscal Code.

This approach has resulted in the legislative package made available to local councils and the General Council of Bucharest, in their capacity as decision makers regarding the property tax and also to interested building owners. This package includes both the explanatory memorandum for applying such a mechanism, as well as the actual draft decision of the local council / General Council of Bucharest.This local legislative proposal is flexible and can be adapted to the specificities of each city ” (Luiza Manolea)

The TV show will be re-broadcasted on Saturday, April 6th starting with 1:00pm and on Sunday, April 7th, starting with 12:00pm.

Enjoy the show!

The RoGBC would like to sincerely thank all the members involved in drafting this guide:

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arh. Alinda Dudu          Image

Perry Zizzi            Image

Luiza Manolea     Image

Do you want to certify a green building project and don’t know how?

January 31, 2013 at 11:00 am | Posted in Certification, General, Training | Leave a comment
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Do you want to become a BREEAM or LEED assessor?

RoGBC just prepared for you a brief presentation about LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method).

This LEED information package summarizes what LEED is, measures and delivers, which the rating systems are, the steps to achieving certification and also how to become a LEED professional.

This BREEAM information package tells you about what BREEAM provides, its objectives, types of projects and buildings that can be assessed using BREEAM. You can also find out the main things regarding BREEAM certification and how to become a BREEAM assessor.


Property tax reduction for green building owners in Cluj-Napoca

May 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Posted in Certification, Legislative Outreach | Leave a comment
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The Cluj-Napoca City Council  delivered a positive example to the nation being the first municipality in Romania to adopt specific measures for encouraging green building development. The City Council voted on May 24 to provide a 50% reduction in property taxes for buildings earning a green certification and achieving the top score on the energy efficiency rating.

This decision shall apply only to buildings that are certified by three certification systems recognized worldwide:

  • LEED;
  • DGNB;

According to the latest decision, starting with 2013:

  • building owners that are legal entities will pay half of the annual building tax for buildings with an A level in the energy performance certificate and that have obtained an official green building certification. This  practically means  that the annual property tax was reduced from 0.50% to 0.25% for green buildings in Cluj Napoca;
  • for individuals  the City Council granted a 50% reduction of annual property taxes on residential buildings that have an A level in the Energy Performance Certificate and an official green building certification issued by any of the three systems mentioned above.

To be eligible for the property tax reduction the building owners have to present:  

  • the final reception certificate issued by the local planning service;
  • the energy performance certificate;
  • the green building certificate issued by any of the three systems: LEED, BREEAM or DGNB;
  • declaration of conformity issued by the Romania Green Building Council.

The project was initiated by the local councilors and the executive team from Cluj-Napoca City Hall: Irsay Miklos, Laszlo Attila, Csoma Botond, Somogyi Gyula and Molnos Lajos, Virgil Porutiu, Victor Radoi.

We would like to congratulate and thank them for the initiative!

The RoGBC would also like to thank the following persons for their support and involvement in obtaining this legislative success:

  • Dorin Beu, Director RoGBC Transilvania;
  • Luiza Manolea, Attorney at Law – RoGBC General Member;
  • Razvan Nica, BuildGreen Romania – RoGBC General Member;
  • Elena Rastei, ecovision – RoGBC General Member

“The Romania Green Building Council will provide assurance to Cluj-Napoca that only qualified green buildings are provided this benefit and assist project developers interested in obtaining this certification.” explains Dorin Beu Ph.D. , Director of RoGBC’s Transilvania chapter.

“This is an excellent and timely move as the economic benefits to the project and community include higher building valuations, lower operating costs, creation of green jobs, reduced impact on traffic and other infrastructure, and, importantly, attracting high quality local and foreign investment to Cluj-Napoca.  Many of the top tier companies investing in the region are seeking the benefits of green buildings ” added Steven Borncamp, Founding President and CEO of RoGBC.

The RoGBC has campaigned since its inception for these type of “green economy” stimulus measures arguing that it is a desired way to both encourage economic growth during challenging times while using the long term financial benefits to repay any early investments.   In addition, this organization has argued that this will ensure local businesses and professions remain competitive as building and related energy standards increase across Europe and the world.

“Many cities in Europe, driven by the new stringent EU regulations on energy efficiency and green energy production,  have adopted specific local incentives for buildings.   Most of them are targeting building renovations or directed to the public buildings.   The Cluj-Napoca initiative improves on these by also including private developers and new construction and focusing beyond energy efficiency and green energy to reward other essential elements of such as ecological materials, site selection and management, and transport issues. ” explains Anca Bieru Robinson- RoGBC’s Director of International Relations and Policy and Chairperson of Europe Green Building Council Network Policy Task Force who has been guiding policy analysis and formation at the European and National and Municipal levels in Romania.

Encouraged by this action in Cluj-Napoca, the  RoGBC intends to continue its efforts to encourage other municipalities to adopt similar measures across the country.

Read the official document on the Cluj City Hall website here

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