“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.

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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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

Savings through Active Energy Efficiency

October 20, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Posted in News from Members | Leave a comment
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Investing in energy efficiency in a building (new or existing)  is by far the most popular measure  in terms of  return on investment. In all cases saving energy means saving money.  The costs associated with energy efficiency measures are simple investments that will be returned in the future from lower energy bills.  

According to Schneider Electric,  there are two approaches for achieving visible results in energy saving  that should be  both considered when planning an innitiative regarding energy efficiency- Passive Energy Efficiency (that is regarded as the installation of countermeasures against thermal losses, the use of low energy consumption equipment etc) and Active Energy Efficiency (effecting permanent change through measurement, monitoring and control of energy usage). 

The first step in any strategy or plan for reducing energy consumption in your organisation or at home is to measure and evaluate the exising energy consumption through an energy audit of the building. Like Lord Kelvin was saying ” What can be measured, can be evaluated, improved, directed – in short managed”.

The Active Energy Efficiency concept proposed by Schneider is broadly analysed and detailed in a  special  White Paper “Making Permanent Savings through Active Energy Efficiency”. Take a look at the document if you want to find out more about energy control in buildings,  the impact that energy efficiency  has on reducing CO2 emmissions from the building, legal frameworks at the EU level  that encourage  and support energy efficiency in buildings , possible technical solutions  for active energy efficiency and returns on investment.

Anca

Changes in the “Normative for thermo-technical computation of the houses elements, indicative C 107/2005”

July 30, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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The Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism has issued an Order for modifying the technical Regulation “Normative for thermo-technical computation of the houses elements, indicative                     C 107/2005” approved by  order of the Ministry of transportation, construction and tourism no. 2055/205.

The following changes appear in C107:

–          In the first part, for the computation of the necessary heat for heating, the 7.3 chart is replaced and some modifications appear at 7.8.2 point. This is a rectification.

–          An actualization is done also for the minimum values of the Normalized Insulation Coefficients GN  and of the Thermal  Resistances Rmin, for buildings  designed after 1.10.2010. This way the stakes are raised for construction specialists.

–          For a more precise computation of the Global Reference  Coefficient  G1, the values of the control coefficients  a, b, c, d, e   were recomputed are the old values are replaced  (C107/2).

Through these changes in C 105 normative, the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism is raising the standards for the construction field, and make it clear that correct thermo-technical computations are needed.

The changes can be viewed here.

Catalin Gauloiu

The Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism has made acreditation for energy auditors more accesible

July 30, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Posted in Certification | Leave a comment
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The Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism lunched a draft for modifying the Annex of the Law from MLRTP no 550/2003 for approval the technical regulations “Guide for certifying energy auditors for buildings and installations“. The old document in which was presented how  to certify the energy auditors  has been modified. The new guide comes with more details about the process.  We will try to present a summary on chapters in which we will try to clarify the accreditation process regarding the old guide and the changes that were made.

The first chapter “General provision” refers to the specialists who can receive the certificate. They can be both from Romania and also from the European Union.

In the second chapter “The certification of energy auditors for buildings” are presented the levels of certification: AEC I and AEC II, and the activities each one can perform.  This new Law draft makes clear the attributions of each category. AEC II can make audits only for apartments and             one-family buildings.

The third chapter refers to the mandatory documents and conditions for beginning the accreditation.  The submitted files are analyzed by a commission of 3 members. Then is presented a detailed list of all the specialists who can submit for accreditation.  An important detail is that the file should be submitted at most 1 year after finishing the specialized studies. Another important change is the minimum period after you can apply to become an energy auditor. For AEC II is 3 years, from a 6 year period,  and for AEC I is 5 years, from a 10 years period.

In the forth chapter are presented the technical and professional regulations for the certification. The review committees are formed by 7 members, high skill specialists in the construction field.  More details about the examination process and the way the committee evaluates the candidates are presented in the fifth chapter.  Some of the important changes presented in the last chapter are:

–          The applicants that were rejected can ask for a reevaluation after a 6 month period, in the past document the period was 1 year.

–          The rules by which the permit to do the energy audit is cancelled are more severe.

–          The persons which are already accredited as energy auditors can ask for examination for AEC I or AEC II , in a 6 month period after this Law draft is issued.

As a general conclusion. the accreditation process became more facile. Conditions as the necessary seniority or the number of recommendations for submitting the file have changed, for more easy terms, making easier the whole process.  The exam can be held in the big universities around Romania. For the construction and real estate market, the modifications are of support. The investments and transactions in this field won’t be burdened once the energy certificates are approved.

The Order can be viewed here.

Catalin Gauloiu

Lobbying for adoption of a strong EPBD

October 5, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Posted in General, Legislative Outreach | Leave a comment
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The key points that were made in both meetings I had in Brussels for presenting our position paper on a stronger EPBD are:

1. Lobbying at national levels in other EU countries  – to representatives from national Ministries is not inefficient – there are still negotiation on the position of the Council of Ministers.  The Council of Ministers is the most rigid institution in the trialogue and challenged important provisions from the current version of the Directive – such as common methodology for calculation, verification of inspection report and of the energy performance certificate (these only from the discussions that were made so far – on half of the amendments)
2. European Parliament is not in a hurry. Ms. Ticau said she won’t make a compromise on a weak Directive and if agreement is not obtained by December they will start the normal co-decision procedure that might take some time. The European Parliament (EP) wants to have an agreement soon, but not in the detriment of the content. Strong points that EP doesn’t want to make a compromise on – common methodology for calculation, setting energy efficiency requirements for building components , fiscal and financial measures to support the implementation of the Directive, net zero energy buildings.

3. Another important point – if the three institution fail to reach an agreement by December – the process might take much longer afterwords (Ms. Ticau was saying that some Directives are discussed in the Council for years).

The opportunity we have now is that the three institutions that are now negotiating – European Parliament, Council of Ministers, European Commission feel some pressure from achieving an agreement before Copenhagen – to demonstrate leadership in the negotiation there.

RoGBC decided to ask the other Green Building Councils in Europe (18 organizations) to start lobbying heavily at their national level for their governments to support an agreement at the EU level on a strong EPBD. This would help creating the needed market conditions all over EU for developing energy efficient buildings and rehabilitating the existing ones.

Anca

RoGBC signs position paper “Romania and Climate Change Policies – Economic Stimulus from a Green Economy”

September 19, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Posted in Events, Legislative Outreach | Leave a comment
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Rogbc 1The Romania Green Building Council (RoGBC) along with WWF Danube-Carpathian Romania, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Association of Energy Auditors for Buildings (AAEC) signed a shared position paper, regarding the measures that should be taken in order to encourage energy efficiency. The document, entitled “Romania and Climate Change Policies – Economic Stimulus from a Green Economy”, draws the attention on the economic opportunities associated with the implementation of environment policies, especially in the construction field. Some of the opportunities highlighted are the reducing energy costs, ensuring energy safety, raising comfort and creating new jobs.

In addition, the position paper underlines the necessity of immediate action in order to move towards a greener economy and explains that the practical measures to be applied do not represent budgetary costs, but investments towards a sustainable development. .

The position paper is available for reading here.

Energy efficiency conference organized by the Association of Energy Auditors – October 22-23

September 3, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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The capacity of Romania to meet the EU requirements regarding the energy performance of buildings

When: 22-23 October 2009

Where: Bucharest, Parliament Palace, Nicolae Balcescu room

Organizers: the Association of Energy Auditors for Buildings (AAEC) in collaboration with Commission of Industries and Services, with the support of the Chamber of Deputies.

It is a two day conference that will discuss the following:

  • the technical regulations and legislation regarding the building energy audit, at a national and international level
  • the institutional capacity of Romania to promote the energy efficiency of buildings
  • the financial tools (national and EU) and banking products available for energy rehabilitation of buildings
  • the building energy audit
  • the architectural solutions available for the energetic rehabilitation of buildings, and other technologies available for energy efficienc buildings
  • the use or renewable energy sources in buildings
  • the impact of the Energy Performance Certificate on the real estate market
  • the involvement of the society in the reduction of the energy consumption and the environment protection
  • relevant aspects from the activity of the building energy auditors.

More details about the event and the Call for Papers can be found here. (Romanian version)

The Registration Form is available here. (Romanian version only)

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