ecoBiblioteca – the new RoGBC Director of Projects will join the ecoBiblioteca team as co-Director

April 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Posted in ecobiblioteca, Events, General, Green Building Projects, Member Projects | Leave a comment
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EcoBiblioteca 16aug2012Dear green builders,

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.

Paul L and Steve B

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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.

 

“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!

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Sustainable Urban Building Contest 2013

January 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Posted in Academics, Certification, Events, General, Green Building Projects, Member Projects | Leave a comment
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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.

ecoBiblioteca project – HVAC equipment provided by JETRUN

January 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Posted in ecobiblioteca, General, Green Building Projects, Member Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
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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.

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more about ecoBiblioteca you can find here.

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.

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the Office windows (view from out side): with a thermal bridges on the lower part (parapet) where is also an radiator on the interior.

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Attic ceiling

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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.

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Integrated design session for the green renovation of the primary school from Calnic, Alba

November 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Building Greener Schools, Green Building Projects | Leave a comment
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The partners of “Building Greener Schools” Project gathered yesterday at the RoGBC office in Bucharest,  28th Nov 2012 for the first integrated design session. They discussed the first steps that are going to be done for the Green Renovation of the Primary School from Calnic, Alba. The next meeting will take place on 5th Dec 2012.

We will keep you updated with future news!

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;
  • BREEAM;
  • 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

News regarding the European Ecolabel – products, services and buildings

April 11, 2012 at 10:42 am | Posted in Certification, Events | Leave a comment
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On April 5th, the Romania Green Building Council organized the third edition of the event that focused on the eco-labeling topicThe event took place at the headquarters of Swan Office & Technology Park and engaged the construction and hospitality industry and its service and product suppliers in a discussion about the opportunity and importance of a more environmentally responsible approach to designing, renovating, and operating their properties.

This year we have extended the discussion beyond the hotel industry, due to the increased  interest not only from the building materials manufacturers in Romania, but also an increased interest at the European level regarding the extension and development of the criteria’s for obtaining the eco-label in other sectors of the construction industry. The main guest was Mrs. Daniela Toma – Councellor within the Directorate of  Pollution Control and Impact Assessment, part of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Mrs. Toma presented the advantages of obtaining the eco-label and the steps to be followed. The case study presented in this section was “Complex Piatra Soimului” from Sinaia, the first hotel from the Prahova Valley that obtained the eco-label.

 

Furthermore, it has been brought into discussion the types of products in the construction industry that can obtain the ecolabel certification and what is the connection between the ecolabel certification and buildings. The Romanian Green Buildings Council will collaborate with the Ministry of Environment and Forests for the establishment of a consultative working group which purpose will be to analyze and provide comments on the draft criteria that exist at the moment for the eco-labeling of buildings.

The first trans‐European communication platform about Sustainable Construction –  Construction 21 was also part of the agenda, as the event was addressed to those concerned in taking advantage from  energy-efficient design principles with low impact on the environment. Ms. Eng. Mihaela Nicolau presented the project’s scope and ways of how getting involved. We are confident that as a result of this event, a larger number of companies that promote energy efficient buildings will get involved in the Construction 21 project.

Madalina Radulescu, Complex Piatra Soimului, Sinaia

 

eng. Mihaela Nicolau, presenting the Construction21 project.

Romanian MEP, Adriana Ticau, talks about sources of funding for energy efficiency in buildings within World GBC Europe Network event in Brussles

October 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Posted in Legislative Outreach | Leave a comment
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Left to right: Steven Borncamp, Adriana Ticau, Anca Bieru, Bogdan Draganescu, Bogdan Atanasiu

On  the 21st of September, in Brussels, 15 Green Building Councils from different European countries celebrated World Green Building Weektogether with officials from the European Parliament and the European Commission [see a full report on the meeting’s outcome].  Among the key speakers, Romanian MEP Adriana Ticau addressed the audience highlighting the importance that recently adopted legislation such as EPBD 2 and the new measures included in the Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe have on strengthening the construction standards. Ms Ticau also talked about funding sources to ensure the high standards included in the legislation are met. As one of the well known supporters for higher level funding for energy efficiency in buildings she reminded the attendees about the opportunity for national governments to use up to 4% from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for energy efficient housing projects. Without spending that in 2007-2013 budgeting period it will be very difficult to negotiate higher shares from 2013 onwards.

According to the Regulation 397/2009 (that modifies the initial Regulation 1080/2006) the Member States can allocate up to 4% from the ERDF on projects for energy efficiency and use of renewable energy in existing housing. In the Regulation 1828/2006 (art 47.2) there are specified also the types of interventions that can be funded:

  • renovation of the common parts of multi-family residential buildings
  • delivery of modern social housing of good quality through renovation and change of use of existing buildings owned by public authorities or  non-profit organizations

The 4%  specific allocation for energy efficiency and RES in buildings should be added to the initial 2% allocation for housing that was available even before ; those combined could make possible an allocation for rehabilitation of low-income housing of 6% from the 9431 Mio EUR that were allocated to Romania from ERDF for the 2007-2013 period.

In Romania ERDF is one of the Structural Funds that is funding the priorities from the Regional Operational Program (ROP) and part of  the Economic Competitiveness Sectoral Operational Program. The Axis 1 from ROP vaguely makes a reference to the possibility for local public authorities to obtain funding for social housing projects, but only if these are previously included in the Integrated Urban Development Plans. Social housing is not specified clearly in the indicative list of potential activities but it is included as a performance indicator for the overall assesment of the ROP. So, with a bit of imagination, public authorities could fund this type of projects.  Unfortunately, from analyzing the list of projects that were financed so far  under Axis 1 from ROP, not even one is related to energy efficiency in residential buildings or  to delivering social housing.

In the Economic Competitiveness Program the situation is even more blurry because, even if there is a funding line for Improving the energy efficiency by the end-users (Measure 4.3),  project that would fund energy efficiency in the housing sector are not specificaly included.

Ministry of Regional Development and Ministry of Economy could re-negotiate the priorities and budget allocation in both programs (ROP and Economic Competitiveness) with the European Commission and include a very clear allocation for projects aiming at improving energy efficiency in social housing. Also – because there is no European wide definition of what “social housing” mean, the European Commission left it upon each Member State to define it according to their national set criteria. There are signs that some discussion around the topic already started between the Ministry of Development and European Commission, but we need to move quick to be able to  also implement some projects.

Anca Bieru

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