RoGBC office renovation version 2.0

November 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Events, Green Building Projects, Greening our Wokspace | Leave a comment
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Romania Green Building Council presents

1.WHAT ?

“Greening our Workspace” is a real-life interior design project aiming to transform the Romania Green Building Council’s office building into a deep green workspace. It is a project that showcases and expands the sustainable practices that the RoGBC have implemented so far.   The project will contribute to the comfort and flexibility of the workspace as well as the health and well-being of the building’s occupants.

2.WHY?

The project is a tangible case study for the Green Workspaces program that the RoGBC has been developing and following for the last three years. This project will exceed the current physical boundaries of the space, to set a green example for other workspaces inRomania and beyond. The story of G.o.W. project and all of its partners will be told at green industry-related events to share the results and lessons learned.

The space redesigned through this project will become a green venue, home for green building training and for sustainable professionals and companies willing to showcase their high standard products, materials and technology.

3. HOW?

We have already REDUCED our consumption of office supplies and energy. Now it’s time to REUSE and  RECYCLE everything surrounding us, turning the Cradle-to-Cradle™ and equally ambitious methodologies into our reality. The project will make the most of the existing resources. From furniture to cardboard boxes or wood battens stored in the attic, every unused object will be given a new life. A minimum of 80% of the resources found on site will be integrated into the new design.

To achieve this, continuous research is required from the professionals involved.

This is an integrated design project, and Design Charrettes discussing the project are organized on a weekly basis, according to the Project Plan.

All of the ideas and design decisions are recorded, so the Presentation Document containing all of the sketches, drawings and partner information will be continuously updated.

4.WHEN?

The design team began work in October 2011.  The initial design charrettes were concluded in mid-October.  The work is currently out to bid for construction start of early November.  Project commissioning and launch is scheduled for 8 December 2011.

More information about the renovation process is available here.

RoGBC’s Associate Member, Mihai Toader Pasti reusing old wood for creating wet floor signage

Final product

Using the “Cradle to Cradle” principle we reused an old wine bottle box to create a new tea support

Cristina Siu

Corporate Office Solutions and Steelcase deliver training on “Creating and Managing Greener Workspaces”

July 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Certification, Events, Greening our Wokspace | Leave a comment
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Just like there are things we can do in our personal life to keep our carbon footprint at a minimum, there are things we can do with our work life as well.

On July 5, RoGBC organized another training course within the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification and training platform. Representatives from Corporate Office Solutions and Steelcase talked about how to design, construct  and operate green workspaces.

The course presented key information on various sustainable office solutions. It included developing a green office program as well as achieving internationally recognized green building certification. The event was useful for executives, architects, product designers, technologists, engineers, academics, students, and others interested in exploring ways to benefit from the important shift toward energy efficient and environmentally responsible design principle.

Within the course, our colleague Monica Zarnescu presented RoGBC’s internal policies to create a greener and healthier workspace. These include:

  • paper recycling program – RECICLETA;
  • public transportation program for the  entire RoGBC team;
  • green business events & meetings; RoGBC requires that all it’s suppliers to go green;
  • office indoor air quality that includes natural ventilation, operable windows, entrance dirt track system, indoor green wall and plants, sustainable office furniture, recycled & recyclable carpet, energy efficient & light fixtures, Green Energy Star labeled computers, printers, LCDs, selective garbage collection: plastic, paper, residuary, recycled & recyclable pens, markers, organic soaps & non-toxic cleaners

 

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