Câlnic visit follow-up, March 14th

March 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Posted in Building Greener Schools, General, Green Building Projects, Member Projects | Leave a comment
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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.

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RoGBC team is visiting the School in Câlnic

March 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Building Greener Schools, News from Members | 1 Comment
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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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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

Pictures from our “Building Greener Schools” press conference

November 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Posted in Building Greener Schools, Green Building Projects, Member Projects | Leave a comment
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For the ones that missed the “”Building Greener Schools” press conference, the RoGBC is pleased to present  pictures from the event at the link below:


We invite you to continue to support our cause by signing our petition on our Facebook page:

Cristina Siu

“Building Greener Schools” Campaign announced it’s winner –Câlnic Middle School, from Alba county will benefit from a green renovation project

October 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Posted in Building Greener Schools, Events, Green Building Projects | Leave a comment
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Bucharest, October 24th, 2012 – Romania Green Building Council in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports represented by Mr. Stelian Victor Fedorca, as State Secretary for middle education organized a press conference for announcing the winner of the national campaign “Building Greener Schools”. The goal of this campaign is to take action to renovate and construct Romania’s kindergartens, schools and universities toward better environmental and energy performance.    

The contest was organized in coordination with Green Apple International Day Of Service – an initiative created by the Centre for Green Schools with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) supported by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and implemented by the Romania Green Building Council  (RoGBC). More than 1250 service projects took place in 49 countries on every continent around the world out of which 7 projects were organized in Romania, by students and their teachers from kindergarten through high school that emphasized the importance of taking better care of the environment, the importance of educational establishments in the context of improving health for the users of the school buildings, reducing absenteeism, obtaining better results in study performance and the diminishing of maintenance costs and energy consumption for the national educational system.[1]

“Building Greener Schools” – the contest

All schools in Romania interested in expanding their efforts to change the design, construction and operation of education facilities with the objective of engaging children’s learning experiences were invited to participate in a contest to win a substantial prize package to green their school. The contest has been organized in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth & Sport.  To be eligible to win, schools in Romania had to conceive, upload, and conduct a “green project or event” on September 29, 2012.  In addition to describing the intended project or event within www.MyGreenApple.org, applicants had to indicate a brief statement for supporting a green renovation project by the school principal, local school administration official, and by the mayor of the city (if possible).

We were pleased to receive submission from kindergartens, schools and high-schools from different cities in Romania. Most of the service projects involved outdoor activities with the help of the entire school community: children, teachers and partents.

  • Bucharest:
    • Ion Neculce high-school; Project name: ”Ride the bike no matter the age”.  2012 was declared by the European Commission the European Year of Active  and Intergenerational Solidarity. This is why the school initiated a campaign in collaboration with the Municipality of Bucharest to promote bicycle use for leisure as a means of recreation and healthy life at any age. High school students  opened  dialogue with people of the third age and promoted the message of maintaining an active life with unique illustrations created by the students. The problems on the building side are: improper HVAC equipment and high energy bills.
    • George Cosbuc high-school. Project name: “Blossoming the Enviroment”; the studentscleaned the green spaces within their  schoolyard in order to have a more proper view and tidier surroundings.  The major problem the school is facing is the roof, that is sticked to the superior level, hence it generates eater infiltrations during rain season.
  • Cluj-Napoca:
    • Transilvania College: The teachers, parents and children of Transylvania College got together for the Annual Welcome Brunch, that this year had an environmental theme, to celebrate “Green Apple Day of Service.” The event took place outdoors, in a beautiful wooden area. The children participated in an Origami workshop where they learned to make green apples out of recycled paper. All the apples adorned the Transylvania College tree, their school symbol.
    • Biobee Kindergarten: Play is an essential component of healthy development in children, and playgrounds provide an opportunity for children to develop motor, cognitive, perceptual and social skills.  Unfortunately, playgrounds are often the sites of unintentional injuries.  The leading cause of playground equipment-related fatalities is strangulation, and the majority of these deaths occur on home playgrounds. The event organized by Biobee Kindergarten had a simple purpose: to raise the level of awareness within adults to take care of parks. The action took place in the Center Park of Cluj City. Children brought apples with them and played games, made drawings and paintings. The kindergarten wants to reduce their heating expenses and proposed as an option radiant panel usage.
    • Cojocna Middle- School: Project Name: “Recycle waste for a cleaner nature”; Motto: “Don’t through away today what you can use tomorrow!” Students made from recyclable materials like: PET, aluminum, cans, straw, paper, wood, polystyrene, plastic bottles etc paintings and hand made craft that will be displayed within the school’s green corner, to demonstrate to their colleagues and  parents and that want a green change in people’s mentality. The schools needs a renovation, as the building is one century old and has a very low energy efficiency.
  • Sibiu:  Casolt Middle School; “We care” project – rehabilitation of schools surroundings; planting flowers and trees. The building has no thermal insulation, heat losses are very high as the windows haven’t been replaced since the initial construction.
  • Dambovita – Gura Sutii Kindergarten: cleaning the kindergarten’s courtyard that is full of plastic and paper waste. The schools needs to finish the works with the building envelope.
  • WINNER:Alba Iulia: Câlnic middle school: “A better school for a better future” – the students became involved in cleaning the school surroundings and those of the Medieval Fortress. The building dates back to the 1900s  and thus, it is 112 years old and has never been restored or modernized. The school is truly placed in a delicate position – it needs running water in order to obtain the health permit, it needs thermal insulation of the entire building and also replacement of present wooden joineries with energy-efficient ones, electric installation replacement, addition of toilets and also classroom repairs – plaster, paint etc.

“For the winning school in Câlnic, Alba county, it is very important to involve the local community within the renovation process, an aspect that will help stimulate the development of the local economy and the increase of the professional skill of the locals, as well as the level of awareness of those involved in the educational system, regarding the long-term maintenance of technologies and investments” said Stelian Victor Fedorca, State Secretary for middle education within the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports.

Cristian Popescu, General Manager Cofely Romania pointed out a few solutions and technologies for a successful green renovation, solutions that any local administration, school principal or school administrator could easily implement. “A green school is a building that offers a healthy and positive environment, at the same time allowing energy and resource savings while reducing the maintenance budget”, said Cristian Popescu.


The renovation project allows companies in Romania to showcase their ecological products, technologies and innovative services and their role reducing costs and improving productivity. The network of partners up to date includes:

AECOMGlobal services contractor for professional technical support and management for a wide range of markets, including the service market, as well transport, environment, energy, water and government markets. For the renovation project, AECOM will be providing architecture and design services based on green building principles.

Aquarius GrupProject Managers, Cost Managers, Quality Controllers, Investor Representatives, Project leaders, Financers’ Representatives, Planners, Site Supervisors, BREEAM and LEED Evaluators, Independent Experts. Aquarius Grup will be providing site overseeing, technical analysis, construction management, construction supervising.

CEMS TechnologiesSpecialized in installations and automatic equipment. CEMS Technologies will be providing installation design, ventilation and air-conditioning system design and fitting; electrical fitting engineering (lighting system design);

Cofely RomaniaHVAC, Sanitary Installation, Electric Systems and Fireproofing. The company provides facility management and energy efficiency/contracting and fitting.

PHILIPS Romania  Philips Romania supports the “Building Green Schools” project by providing an efficient and environment-friendly lighting solution. Philips energy-efficient solutions save money, save the environment and provide a sample of ecological thinking for everyone. “We are aware, and the results confirm this fact, that specific application of lighting has a positive effect on studying and this is why we would like to help bring awareness on this topic in schools and help them create the best study environment possible”, said Monica Roșu, Marketing Manager  Professional Lighting Solutions

SAINT-GOBAINRepresented in Romania with the following units: Isover, Rigips, Weber, PAM. Saint Gobain has acquired a solid reputation on the construction materials market because of the wide variety and high quality of the products and innovative solutions, answering to the great challenges of today’s world: economic growth, energy saving and environment protection. This company will be providing noise reduction solutions – efficient and environment-friendly.


Greenitiative is a non-profit association with the goal of providing an official make-up for the personal initiatives that have a great potential of contributing to the sustainable and ecological development of our communities: Bucureşti, Mogoşoaia and Eşelniţa.

The partners of the campaigns offer efficient solutions for a major improvement of the health and study capacity of our school-users as well as the energy efficiency and environmental responsibility associated with the restoration and construction process.

Next steps:

  1. November 2012 – Technical expertise,  visiting Câlnic middle school

The partners that have been so far confirmed will pay a visit, in November, to the winning school in order to perform a technical expertise.

  1. December 2012 – May 2013 – Design, planning and solutions stage

Following the report resulted in the first stage, next is the design, planning and solutions stage. Mr. Secretary of State, Stelian Victor Fedorca has expressed the wish to join the Romania Green Building council team of professionals for the visit to Câlnic middle school, in Alba county.

  1. June – September 2013 Implementing restoration works

The restoration works will take place during the summer vacatio in 2013 in order to welcome the students, in the following 2013 school year, to a new and ecological  school.

What happens to the rest of schools that didn’t win the first prize ?

RoGBC will support the other participating schools that have signaled issues with their buildings and will use the “Building Greener Schools” campaign to involve companies that are active in the green buildings industry, in order to generate products, services and funds necessary for solving the reported issues.

A first step has been taken in this direction: Saint Gobain Construction Products will  help Ion Neculce high-school by fitting one of its laboratories with 70sqm of Ecophon Master Rigid ceiling tile as a noise reduction solution.  The product is created by replacing the old petrol-based binder (used in mineral glass wool fabrication) with a new plant-based one. Also, recycled glass will be used in 70% of the fabrication process. Benefits for students and pupils: improvement of voice clarity by absorbing reflected sounds, thus improving the intelligibility of the spoken information and the improvement of the students’ concentration.

“We were pleased to have such an enthusiastic response from the Ministry of Education, teachers, parents and students to support this initiative.     It is clear that in addition to the many important considerations contributing to a quality education, the condition of the facilities where we study matter greatly.” said Cristina Siu, Leader of the RoGBC’s “Construieste Scoli Verzi” Campaign.

[1]According to Building Research Establishment (www.BRE.co.uk), Green Schools have an 18% contribution to the improvement of exam results and they may reduce maintenance and use costs with 40% up to 50%.

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