Understanding the Living Building Challenge

August 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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For the first time in Europe, Romania Green Building Council organized the Living Building Challenge workshop, in the Romanian capital. The main mission was to present the most demanding ecological certification in the world.

“It is important that we prove the concept that ‘deep green’ or ‘restorative buildings’ are beneficial for green economic growth, for improving our building stock, and, of course, restoring the health of our planet.   As Europe debates the Net Zero Energy Building criteria for year 2020, we believe the Living Building Challenge represents the most ambitious interpretation of how are buildings need to be and we and our member companies will deliver them soon as aspirational yet practical examples of what is possible,” said RoGBC President Steven Borncamp who was recently appointed Managing Director of the campaign to promote the Living Building Challenge in Europe.

Trainer arh. Adrian Pop presented the criteria of the Living Building Challenge, emphasizing the importance of demonstrating the 1 year performance as a Net Zero Energy Building, and the requirements to collect and process all water on site, and to build only on brown field or existing building sites.

In the end we wish to thank our partners and hosts AECOM and Cervantes Institute for their support in organizing our event.

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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!

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Financial Incentives for Green Buildings in Romania

August 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Posted in Events, General | 1 Comment
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Romania Green Building Council, in partnership with DAS Engineering Group and Cluj-Napoca Town hall, invited the IT&C companies from Cluj to a conference on the subject of financial incentives for highly energy efficient green buildings.

The conference was opened by the representative of Cluj Napoca local authorities, Ms. Emilia Botezean, who welcomed the guests with and introductory speech. Following this, Steven Borncamp, president of Romania Green Building Council, granted the Cluj Napoca local authorities with the Award for the Governmental Initiative of the Year 2012, earned through by implementing the tax reduction on buildings in order to reward energy efficiency and green performance. Cluj-Napoca is the first city in Romania to adopt this policy, opening the path for other local public authorities that we hope will follow this success example.

After the award, Mr. Borncamp presented a brief overview of the green building trend and industry capability in Romania. Thus, Romania’s accession to the European Union and resultant legislative changes has increased the strategic outlook on high quality, sustainable construction. Local companies are improving their capability while leading international companies have entered the Romanian market bringing an increased level of professionalism, and implicitly, the requests on the market. From a green building perspective, there is a significant increase in awareness of the Romanian business community on the issue of sustainability and energy efficiency. Adding to the above the opportunity to grow in the underdeveloped field of green building in Romania, we can say that the market is highly favourable to sustainable project initiatives.

Further on, Mr. Dorin Beu, lecturer at the Technical University of Cluj Napoca, presented the financial incentives for green buildings, followed by  Alexandra Stoica’ s presentation, representing DAS Engineering,  regarding the steps required to achieve a sufficient level of green building performance to qualify for the tax discount.

The Establishing of the Regional Cluster for Sustainable Urban Development „Green Building& Development„

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The Establishing of the Regional Cluster for Sustainable Urban Development „Green Building & Development„

On the initiative of the Center for Technological Transfer CENTI Cluj Napoca, a new step was taken in the direction of the development of Romanian-Hungarian business relations in the field of green energy, in order to secure a sustainable and clean future.

During the 2nd and 3rd of July 2013 an event dedicated to the Use of Green Energy Sources for a Sustainable and Clean Future in Romania and Hungary took place in Târgu Mureș, consisting of a conference that hosted specialists from both countries, business meetings between companies based both in Romania and Hungary and a study visit to the companies active in the field of sustainable energy in Covasna County. The event was dedicated primarily to companies working in the green energy sector, yet it can be considered a model of good practice in international cooperation for other regions and industries as well.

During the two day conference, a significant moment was the signing of the Collaboration Protocol regarding the establishing of the first Regional Cluster for Sustainable Urban Development „Green Building& Development”. It will act as an organisation that enables the cooperation between the economic field, local public authorities and research institutes, looking to align and to represent the economic and general interests of urban communities. The cluster will work as a legal entity in the form of a non-governmental organisation, with the operational procedures, the association’s relations and competences to be discussed and established through the mutual agreement of the members.

The cluster’s general objectives are to participate and initiate innovative and growing projects, to support the sustainable urban development through legislative initiatives, the training of specialists in the field and the creation of new workplaces, as well as greening the urban transportation, attracting funds for rehabilitation projects and participating in consortium to project auctions regarding urban development. Internally, the cluster seeks to increase the profit of member companies, to develop its own products and services, together with a coherent cluster policy, a personal IT system, to contribute to the professional development of its members and employees and to attract funds for management.

Romania Green Building Council was among the signatories, along other 29 institutions coming from various fields, such as universities, financial institutions, constructions, sustainable energy, IT, transportation, as well as consultancy companies, project management companies, local public authorities and catalyst institutions. As a professional organisation, according to the agreement, RoGBC takes on the role to support the professional formation of the cluster’s members and its growth at national end euro-regional level.

Given the strong compatibility between the RoGBC objectives and those of the new Regional Cluster, we are pleased to be founding members of the most recent cooperation initiative in sustainable urban developments.

Energy Efficiency of the New Estate Development

August 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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The Association for Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection, în collaboration with Bursa Construcțiilor/ Construction Stock, organised on Friday, the 21st of June2013, a conference on the subject of Energy Efficiency of the new estate development. Almost 100 specialists attended the event, debating the possible solutions for increasing the energy efficiency in the real estate projects, both residential and commercial, amid the new European legislation on highly energy efficient buildings, taking into consideration the available financing and models of good practice at home and abroad.

In the context of the „times of the lowest price”, the architect Șerban Țigănaș, president of the Order of Architects in Romania,opened the discussion with the question of the relation between the individual, the building and the city, exemplifying this with urban renewal projects.

 The main estate developers came forward to present their plans for future growth and their interest to increase energy efficiency within these proposals.
Representing the business sector, several speakers came to the microphone – Ingo Nissen, country manager at Sonae Sierra, the international commercial centres developer, speaking about energy efficient commercial spaces, the developers of the residential ensemble Metropolitan Residence, Robertino Georgescu and Daniel Drăgulin, and Mihai Bizu, the developer ofthe Appollo Residence ensemble.

Further on, Mr. Ion Dogeanu, as Executive Director of The Association for Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection, presented the European context for the improvement of the energy performance of the buildings, identifying development opportunities within the long term European Strategy. Șerban Danciu, Task Force Manager Romania at the Institute for Building Performance (BPIE) presented the priorities in the development of the strategy meant to improve the energy performance of the buildings in Romania, proposing several options for combining the available funds.
Oana Stamatin, LEED Green Associate at Colliers International, spoke about the steps that need to be taken in order to reduce the energy waste in buildings and the result that can be achieved, considering the building orientation, the location, the building envelope, natural light and lighting system, the use of water, the heating and cooling and the use of efficient equipment. By applying ecological standards to the above, the building is prone  get higher rent and selling prices.

The architect Mihai Trandafir presented a model of good practice in de sector of energy efficient buildings, the project Eurogate in Viena, the largest residential ensemble Passive House certified, also detailing the requirements of this certification. Finally, the construction material producers, represented by Octavian Nicula, Manager Thermo Insulating Products at AdePlast and Marcel Ionescu, general Director at Europlastic, presented solutions for the thermo insulation of the buildings.

The audience was invited to participate in the debate, formed of estate developers, constructors, architects, energetic auditors, engineers, real estate consultant, representatives of patronages and specialised associations, press, etc.

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.

Multinvest Business Center – Building a Green Future in Târgu Mureş

May 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Posted in Events, Member Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
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The press conference for the inauguration of the Multinvest Business Center office building is an event dedicated to all those interested in innovative technologies and green building.

Multinvest Business Center is the first Green Office Building in Târgu Mureş, currently under BREEAM “Very Good” .
Located in the historical center of Targu Mures, Multinvest Business Center wants to be a major point of interest for the community, beyond the business side, tending to participate in the city life.

General theme:

Overview Multinvest Business Center office building, thematic presentations related to construction of green buildings, certification system for green buildings, presentations related to obtaining EU funds for green industries.

The “Multinvest Business Center – Building a Green Future in Târgu Mureş” conference addresses media specialists, public figures, architects, engineers, investors, green building specialists.
Event organized by SC MULTINVEST SRL in collaboration with Romania Green Building Council.

Green Building Education Initiatives in Romania awarded within the RoGBC Green Awards Gala, May 10

May 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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We are pleased to announce that for the 3rd edition of the Romania Green Building Council Awards competition we received a very impressive list of submissions for the Green Building Education Initiative of the Year category. The most appreciated education activities were:

  • “Sustainable Development. Integrated concept of built space and energetic audit” – University of Architecture & Urbanism “Ion Mincu”

The Faculty of Urban Planning, Landscape Design Section has developed a new Curriculum of Master in architecture which responds to issues of sustainability, energy, and the environment within the “Sustainable Development – Integrated concept of built space and energetic audit” course. As case study for this course a partnership protocol was signed between Bucharest University, “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, and University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine  The students from Faculty of Urban Planning, Landscape Design Section were involved in the interdisciplinary summer practice.They identified the architectural patrimony of Geopark villages: Sarmisegetusa, Clopotiva, Densus, Santamaria Orlea and the vernacular architecture principal specific features.

  • “Energy improvement in the built environment” Transilvania University Brasov – Faculty of Construction;

The Department of Construction & Building Services has organized and developed courses concerning the Management of Water, Energy, Indoor Air Quality and Daylight harvesting.

Notable environmental and sustainable achievements:

-Green Roofs and Cool Roofs have been subjects of papers published by doctoral students.

-A student contest concerning Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Renewable energy applied in buildings, Sustainable use of Materials took place in 2011 in the faculty.

-A laboratory that studies the usugae of heat pumps was recently finalized. MsC and doctoral Students have won an ASHRAE grant focused on Energy Efficiency  in Buildings.

-In March 2011 RoGBC  organized the “Managing Green Building Projects” course at Aula of Transilvania University of  Brasov.

  • “Research and Educational Center for High Energy Efficiency Buildings” – University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest;

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, in partnership with University of Architecture & Urbanism “Ion Mincu”, ICPE, ISPE, UTCB and Agecom Baia Mare built two passive houses as a laboratory for students and educational purpose.

The monitoring system  helps students to better understand:

–          Conductive heat exchange through building walls, windows and doors.

–          Convective heat exchange through heating recovery units.

–          Heat exchange by radiation through radiant heating panels, windows. The monitoring system also uses a pyrometer to collect solar radiation.

Moreover, students learn how to calculate heat requirement of the building using dynamic models, sizing heating equipament, how photovoltaic panels can be integrated in the structure of the house (storage of energy, energy transfer to the national grid) and many other applications.


The winner for this category was “Research and Educational Center for High Energy Efficiency Buildings” – University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest.


New graduates of the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification and training program

July 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Posted in Certification | Leave a comment
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We would like to congratulate the following persons for their commitment, participation, ideas and other contributions for the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification and training program:

Andreea Carastoian, Strucon Proiect

Raluca Primejdie, Architect

Lucian Opris, Bluehouse Capital

Monica Marza, West Group Architecture

The intensive program includes 56 hours of multidisciplinary training in sustainable construction principles. The RoGBC wishes each of you success in transforming Romania’s built environment to the highest levels of green performance.

Click here for the full list of Romania Green Building Professional graduates.

“Greening our Hotels – Green Hotels in Romania too” – September 28th, 2010, Bucharest

October 12, 2010 at 10:49 am | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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On  September 28th, Romania Green Building Council held, at the Athenee Palace Hilton, a one day course on “Greening our Hotels – Green Hotels in Romania too”, in order to engage the hospitality industry and its related products and services in a discussion regarding the opportunity and importance of a more environmentally responsible approach of architectural design, rehabilitation and dealing with properties.

The workshop provided practice information about integrating available technologies in the design of more energy efficient and with low environmental impact buildings. In addition, the course was structured so that the participants had the time to interact with the speakers, during the “question& answer” sessions.


First part. Competitive advantages for building/ refurbishing green hotels.

In his welcoming speech, Steven Borncamp, president of RoGBC, gave a short introduction to the importance of the “green approach” in designing and operating new buildings, increasing international and local regulations for building materials and energy consumption, as well as the need for more action for generalized sustainable principles for all types of buildings. Stressing that “green” stands for quality, present and future, Mr. Borncamp also mentioned that for a slight increase of the costs for a green building (with 2-4%), the cumulative savings are about 40% per year, while the investment amortization is being done in the first 2 or 3 years.

Next, Linda Griffin, the new general manager of Hilton Athenee Palace, presented some recent actions that aim at reducing electricity consumption, promoting ecological means of transportation (bicycles for customers) and creating a Green Team, which would be involve in implementing sustainable initiatives in the hotel network as well as initiating a “customer awareness” program on environmental behaviors during accommodation.

David Nicholl- general manager of Schneider Electric- had a comprehensive overview on the benefits of generalized automation systems in all types of buildings, including hotels. Through the Active Energy Management systems, significant, controllable and predictable reductions are being made, throughout the building, while ensuring optimum comfort for residents. The integrated Schneider Electric solutions can lead to constant electricity and heat consumption reductions up to 30% in the long run.


Second part. Financial incentives, legislation and certification

Ms. Maria Daniela Toma – manager in Ministry of Environment– tackled issues of the environmental labeling of hotels. Introduced after 2005, eco-labels represent green building certification, based on 20 criteria which include, among others, indicators of ecological materials use, presence and quality of the vegetation in the site area, energy and water consumption, waste storage and recycling, cleaning systems’ efficiency, information about preventive ecological behavior etc. Specific matters regarding general aspects and regulations of green label certification are available on www.eurlex.europa.eu. The fee for obtaining this certification is presently 200-300 euro/year.

Furthermore, two case studies were presented. Linica Stan, manager Saturn Hotel, presented the case of Saturn Hotel, Mangalia, while for Crowne Plaza Hotel, Bucharest, the presentation was held by Melania Secuianu, Administrative Manager Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Mark Velody – BERD consultant – held a methodological overview of financial procedures, with favorable interest or grants for energy efficient building projects.


Third part. Innovative solutions.

Rafael Mărculescu – Schneider Electric – completed David Nicholl’s presentation through an application of energetic management integrated systems. He showed that the implementation of this kind of systems is very useful for all types of hotel equipments (heating/ HVAC/ water management, lighting etc.) and that the investment amortization for Schneider systems is up to 3 years, meanwhile noticing reductions of 35% for heat, 60% for electricity, as well as the number of employees.

David Clark – Cundall Engineering – presented a hotel case study, underlining the three aspects – energetic benchmarking, clarifying the CO2 footprint criteria (design, passive/ active system, energy efficiency and the recovery of energies) and users’ information/ education, in this case the tourists.


Specific solutions

In the last part the presentations were about a) particular solutions (products and systems) for a successfully implementation of significantly reduction of electricity consumption, lighting through efficient LED and mercury light bulbs (Cuneșteanu – Philips România), b) packaging waste management (Lorita Constantinescu – Eco-Rom Ambalaje) and c) sustainable solutions for green spaces design, through water management and special effects for the aesthetic part and for air quality improvement (Katja Perrey – Katja Perrey Landscapes).



Romania Green Building Council (www.RoGBC.org)  is a non-profit and non-political association which encourages the development of market, educational and legal conditions necessary in the transformation of the building industry, in order to create and refurbish intelligent buildings, both sustainable and profitable. RoGBC is an “Established Council” within the World Green Building Council (www.WorldGBC.org) .


Cristina Şiu

Romania Green Building Council

Manager Marketing & Events

021-222 5135 / 021-260 0051 / 021 – 222 0011



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