Liberty Technology Park Cluj was granted the first BREEAM Major Refurbishment certificate with a „Very Good” rating in RomaniaSeptember 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Certification, Member Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
Tags: BREEAM, Certification, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, green renovation, RoGBC, sustainability, sustainable architecture
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.
Tags: Bucharest, Certification, Green Building, green homes, Romania Green Building Council, Sustainable Construction
Last weekend, from Friday to Sunday, RoGBC was present at the National Real Estate Fair with a booth used by its partners as exhibition space systems and products for green building. Among partners: Zest Collective, ALUKÖNIGSTAHL, E-MOTION, SIP PANEL TECHNOLOGIES, Studium Green, EfdeN, ECOPACK, Arta Gradinilor, BuildIN, Energinomics. Together we tried to answer the question:
Can I have a green house?
A green home requires as little impact on the environment both in terms of construction, building materials and energy used in its operation. At the moment it is not easy to build a “green” building. This would involve the use of special construction materials, renewable energy or energy very cheap for cooling, lighting and hot water production. Last but not least, a green home architecture is specifically designed for use within the natural advantages of the place in which it is built. Impossible? Certainly not, but most important is to try to minimize the effect it will have on future home environment. And on your budget!
Tags: BREEAM, Bucharest, Certification, Green Building Council, green homes, LEED, Living Building Challenge, Romania Green Building Council, Sustainable Construction, Training
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
Tags: BREEAM, Certification, green renovation, LEED, Living Building Challenge, Romania Green Building Council, sustainability, Training
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.
Tags: Certification, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Green Building, Green Building Council, Living Building Challenge, renewable energy, sustainability, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Development
Considered a “manifesto in the form of a certification standard”, the Living Building Challenge stands out through a stringency meant to inspire new solutions in order to minimize the negative impact that construction has on the environment, maximize the positive impact and insure the building’s independence from the point of view of resources. This system’s mission is not a mere certification, but performance and the opening of new paths towards excellence in the green building field.
The certification incorporates four main social and environmental problems – climate change,persistent toxic chemicals, loss of habitat/ extinction of species and global inequity, problems that it addressees through seven categories, named Petals, which will be discussed in the further on. The association to the flower comes from the concept of grounded, an organic development which supports the system it belongs to. Thus, the certification’s Petals refer to the various aspects of such a living construction, namely to Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity and Beauty.
The first Petal, related to the Site, aims to rebuild the connection between the urban and natural environments. Consequently, an essential aspect is that of not restricting the natural habitat, allowing the construction only on brownfield; additionally, a surface equivalent to the built area has to be devoted to ensuring the species’ freedom in nature. Also, the Living Building Challenge targets the creation of pedestrian areas, through efficient use of infrastructure and the proximity to facilities.
The Petal referring to water seeks to inspire the creation of places, buildings and communities relying on water independent systems that reuse water by filtering it without employing chemicals, gather the rain water and reduce the water consumption. This request is one of the main challenges for the design process, especially in residential areas, where water consumption is higher than in buildings with a discontinuous program. In the end though, this challenge is the first step towards innovation and more and more ingenious solutions custom made for each location.
The energetic request refers to a net zero energy consumption, the building relying on alternative forms of energy. Regarding the Health Petal, this is mostly concentrated on a civilized, healthy environment, and biophilia. The inhabitants need to be able to control air quality, thermal and visual comfort through windows that can be opened. In order to fulfill the biophilia standard, the design needs to be inspired from the elements of nature, helping create the human-nature connection.
The most consistent request of the Living Building Challenge is the one related to Materials, by recognizing and using strictly materials safe for all species in the long term. Thus, a Red List has been constructed, together with a document that inventories safe products – Declare, initiated by the Living Future Institute. Also in the Materials section, the reduction of carbon footprint, the local procurement of materials, the use of responsible industries and a waste recycling and reuse plan are included among the requirements.
Regarding Equity, the Living Building Challenge certified construction needs to be accessible for all social classes, maintaining an equitable life standard, to establish a proportional relation between the human scale and that of the building, all the while ensuring the right to nature, natural lighting and visual comfort for the inhabitants and the surrounding buildings. The Beauty Petal brings up discussions on the education and inspiration of future projects through esthetics and the harmonious integration of the project.
Currently there are 4 Living Building Challenge certified buildings worldwide, with another 40 registerd. Romania applies to this certification with 3 projects initiated by the Romania Green Building Council, who starting February 2011 has been a Living Building Challenge Ambassador. The three projects registered for certification are ecoBiblioteca, The Calnic Project and the RoGBC headquarters.
Tags: Certification, Living Building Challenge, news from members, Romania Green Building Professional
9 August 2013
Romania Green Building Council
Understanding the Living Building Challenge provides a 6-hour in-depth introduction to the Living Building Challenge. Attendees are the green building leaders in their community: design professionals, contractors, developers, owners, government officials and employees of public agencies. In short, anyone and everyone who can impact the development of the built environment. See http://www.Living-Future.org for more details.
The course, the first in Europe, will be taught by arh. Adrian Pop, advisor to the RoGBC for the Living Building Challenge, member of the 2012 PRISPA team, and green building advocate.
– The workshop earns training course credit for the Green Building Professional accreditation program.
– To register, please contact the +220.127.116.1135 or training@RoGBC.org.
Tags: Bucharest, Certification, ecobiblioteca, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Green Building Council, Green Building Projects, green buildings, green renovation, meeting, news from members, RoGBC, Romania Green Building Council, sustainability, sustainable architecture, Sustainable Construction
In the last meeting that took place in late February at RoGBC headquarters, it was establish what needs to be done to finalize the MEP project for the ecoBiblioteca project according to the new changes in the RoGBC design team.
As you know from previous posts, the ecoBiblioteca project will 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 requires that the building should be, between others prerequisites, a zero energy building – that means a very high performance envelope of the building and most energy efficient MEP systems and 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, respecting Living Building Challenge requirements:
– the heating generation design system will be provided by VITASTAL, using a heating pump with borehole soil to water collection. Also, Vitastal will provide expertise in Net Zero Energy prerogative requested by Living Building Challenge certification.
– the distribution of the heating agent and the ventilation ducts will be provided by Thermaflex with duct that respect Living Building Challenge material prerogative.
– The heating system will be with CLINA radiant surfaces at low temperatures (max 30 C) through the ceiling. The design, consultancy and material would be provided by PROMAX Engineering – CLINA Romanian representatives.
– The lighting system design by B-lighting and the fixtures are be provided by our partners OSRAM.
The coordination of mechanical and electrical installation, as well as the implementation on site would be provided by our recent member DAS ENGINEERING GRUP, through its representative dipl eng Alexandra Stoica.
Tags: BREEAM, buildings, Certification, Green Building, Green Building Council, Green Building Projects, green buildings, green homes, green office, green renovation, LEED, renewable energy, RoGBC, Romania Green Building Council, sustainability, sustainable architecture, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Development, sustainable_development, Training
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.
Tags: Certification, General, LEED
There are no eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate exam, according to the most recent version of USGBC Candidate Handbook, which was updated in November 2012.
Eligibility: Old Requirements
Previously, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) called for professionals to meet certain conditions of eligibility for examination by performing one of the following requirements:
1) must be or have been engaged in a “sustainable industry” OR
2) must be or have been involved in a LEED certified project in the past three years
3) must show involvement in an education program on green building principles
Now Candidate Handbook says: “There eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate exam, however, GBCI recommended candidates have exposure to LEED and green building concepts through training, volunteering or work experience before exam . All applicants must agree to the Disciplinary and Exam policy and requirements for maintaining accreditation must submit an audit, and have more than 18 years. ”
Therefore, eligibility is now recommended, not required, no longer need to be evidenced by a letter of approval, certificate of completion or transcript. This will facilitate the inclusion of several students and professionals Green Associate exam.
Tags: buildings, Certification, Energy Audit, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, EPBD, Green Building, Green Building Council, Green Building Projects, green buildings, green office, green renovation, RoGBC, Romania Green Building Council, sustainability, sustainable architecture, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Development, sustainable_development
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!