INFO Session – Green Home Pavilion

March 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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First Info Session about Green Home Pavilion RoGBC took place at the RoGBC office  Thursday, March 20th .

The session began with the presentation of National Real Estate Fair held by Cristina Bercea , PR & Marketing Manager. TNI is the largest fair of its kind on the Romanian market and it is offering to the visitors real estate financing solutions , eco design building , electrical echipament, home landscaping ingenious solutions , water and air filtration systems and new this year, Green Home Pavilion ( exhibition space for projects and case studies of green residential) .

In the second part of the Info Session we had the pleasure to watch with great interest the concept and design of  Green Home Pavilion made by Ina Leonte – Architect Zest Collective.

In the end Monica Zarnescu, Manager Finance & Green Office Romania Green Building Council spoke with the participants about the purpose of the Green Home Pavilion, to educate and explain better the benefits of home buyers about the energy efficient and environmental responsibity .

Green Home Pavilion will be a dedicated space within the TNI fair in Bucharest and provide presentations, case studies and exhibits on green technologies, traditional building solutions and ideas, and free consultations for saving money while providing healthier and higher quality homes.

More details …


The Living Building Challenge Certification

August 30, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Certification, General | Leave a comment
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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.

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.

For more pictures visit our Facebook page.

ecoBiblioteca March Update

April 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Posted in ecobiblioteca, General, Green Building Projects, Meeting Notes, Member Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
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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.

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“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 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!


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 .

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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EcoBiblioteca 16aug2012

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.


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.


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


Attic ceiling


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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“Building Greener Schools” Campaign announced it’s winner –Câlnic Middle School, from Alba county will benefit from a green renovation project

October 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Posted in Building Greener Schools, Events, Green Building Projects | Leave a comment
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Bucharest, October 24th, 2012 – Romania Green Building Council in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports represented by Mr. Stelian Victor Fedorca, as State Secretary for middle education organized a press conference for announcing the winner of the national campaign “Building Greener Schools”. The goal of this campaign is to take action to renovate and construct Romania’s kindergartens, schools and universities toward better environmental and energy performance.    

The contest was organized in coordination with Green Apple International Day Of Service – an initiative created by the Centre for Green Schools with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) supported by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and implemented by the Romania Green Building Council  (RoGBC). More than 1250 service projects took place in 49 countries on every continent around the world out of which 7 projects were organized in Romania, by students and their teachers from kindergarten through high school that emphasized the importance of taking better care of the environment, the importance of educational establishments in the context of improving health for the users of the school buildings, reducing absenteeism, obtaining better results in study performance and the diminishing of maintenance costs and energy consumption for the national educational system.[1]

“Building Greener Schools” – the contest

All schools in Romania interested in expanding their efforts to change the design, construction and operation of education facilities with the objective of engaging children’s learning experiences were invited to participate in a contest to win a substantial prize package to green their school. The contest has been organized in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth & Sport.  To be eligible to win, schools in Romania had to conceive, upload, and conduct a “green project or event” on September 29, 2012.  In addition to describing the intended project or event within, applicants had to indicate a brief statement for supporting a green renovation project by the school principal, local school administration official, and by the mayor of the city (if possible).

We were pleased to receive submission from kindergartens, schools and high-schools from different cities in Romania. Most of the service projects involved outdoor activities with the help of the entire school community: children, teachers and partents.

  • Bucharest:
    • Ion Neculce high-school; Project name: ”Ride the bike no matter the age”.  2012 was declared by the European Commission the European Year of Active  and Intergenerational Solidarity. This is why the school initiated a campaign in collaboration with the Municipality of Bucharest to promote bicycle use for leisure as a means of recreation and healthy life at any age. High school students  opened  dialogue with people of the third age and promoted the message of maintaining an active life with unique illustrations created by the students. The problems on the building side are: improper HVAC equipment and high energy bills.
    • George Cosbuc high-school. Project name: “Blossoming the Enviroment”; the studentscleaned the green spaces within their  schoolyard in order to have a more proper view and tidier surroundings.  The major problem the school is facing is the roof, that is sticked to the superior level, hence it generates eater infiltrations during rain season.
  • Cluj-Napoca:
    • Transilvania College: The teachers, parents and children of Transylvania College got together for the Annual Welcome Brunch, that this year had an environmental theme, to celebrate “Green Apple Day of Service.” The event took place outdoors, in a beautiful wooden area. The children participated in an Origami workshop where they learned to make green apples out of recycled paper. All the apples adorned the Transylvania College tree, their school symbol.
    • Biobee Kindergarten: Play is an essential component of healthy development in children, and playgrounds provide an opportunity for children to develop motor, cognitive, perceptual and social skills.  Unfortunately, playgrounds are often the sites of unintentional injuries.  The leading cause of playground equipment-related fatalities is strangulation, and the majority of these deaths occur on home playgrounds. The event organized by Biobee Kindergarten had a simple purpose: to raise the level of awareness within adults to take care of parks. The action took place in the Center Park of Cluj City. Children brought apples with them and played games, made drawings and paintings. The kindergarten wants to reduce their heating expenses and proposed as an option radiant panel usage.
    • Cojocna Middle- School: Project Name: “Recycle waste for a cleaner nature”; Motto: “Don’t through away today what you can use tomorrow!” Students made from recyclable materials like: PET, aluminum, cans, straw, paper, wood, polystyrene, plastic bottles etc paintings and hand made craft that will be displayed within the school’s green corner, to demonstrate to their colleagues and  parents and that want a green change in people’s mentality. The schools needs a renovation, as the building is one century old and has a very low energy efficiency.
  • Sibiu:  Casolt Middle School; “We care” project – rehabilitation of schools surroundings; planting flowers and trees. The building has no thermal insulation, heat losses are very high as the windows haven’t been replaced since the initial construction.
  • Dambovita – Gura Sutii Kindergarten: cleaning the kindergarten’s courtyard that is full of plastic and paper waste. The schools needs to finish the works with the building envelope.
  • WINNER:Alba Iulia: Câlnic middle school: “A better school for a better future” – the students became involved in cleaning the school surroundings and those of the Medieval Fortress. The building dates back to the 1900s  and thus, it is 112 years old and has never been restored or modernized. The school is truly placed in a delicate position – it needs running water in order to obtain the health permit, it needs thermal insulation of the entire building and also replacement of present wooden joineries with energy-efficient ones, electric installation replacement, addition of toilets and also classroom repairs – plaster, paint etc.

“For the winning school in Câlnic, Alba county, it is very important to involve the local community within the renovation process, an aspect that will help stimulate the development of the local economy and the increase of the professional skill of the locals, as well as the level of awareness of those involved in the educational system, regarding the long-term maintenance of technologies and investments” said Stelian Victor Fedorca, State Secretary for middle education within the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports.

Cristian Popescu, General Manager Cofely Romania pointed out a few solutions and technologies for a successful green renovation, solutions that any local administration, school principal or school administrator could easily implement. “A green school is a building that offers a healthy and positive environment, at the same time allowing energy and resource savings while reducing the maintenance budget”, said Cristian Popescu.


The renovation project allows companies in Romania to showcase their ecological products, technologies and innovative services and their role reducing costs and improving productivity. The network of partners up to date includes:

AECOMGlobal services contractor for professional technical support and management for a wide range of markets, including the service market, as well transport, environment, energy, water and government markets. For the renovation project, AECOM will be providing architecture and design services based on green building principles.

Aquarius GrupProject Managers, Cost Managers, Quality Controllers, Investor Representatives, Project leaders, Financers’ Representatives, Planners, Site Supervisors, BREEAM and LEED Evaluators, Independent Experts. Aquarius Grup will be providing site overseeing, technical analysis, construction management, construction supervising.

CEMS TechnologiesSpecialized in installations and automatic equipment. CEMS Technologies will be providing installation design, ventilation and air-conditioning system design and fitting; electrical fitting engineering (lighting system design);

Cofely RomaniaHVAC, Sanitary Installation, Electric Systems and Fireproofing. The company provides facility management and energy efficiency/contracting and fitting.

PHILIPS Romania  Philips Romania supports the “Building Green Schools” project by providing an efficient and environment-friendly lighting solution. Philips energy-efficient solutions save money, save the environment and provide a sample of ecological thinking for everyone. “We are aware, and the results confirm this fact, that specific application of lighting has a positive effect on studying and this is why we would like to help bring awareness on this topic in schools and help them create the best study environment possible”, said Monica Roșu, Marketing Manager  Professional Lighting Solutions

SAINT-GOBAINRepresented in Romania with the following units: Isover, Rigips, Weber, PAM. Saint Gobain has acquired a solid reputation on the construction materials market because of the wide variety and high quality of the products and innovative solutions, answering to the great challenges of today’s world: economic growth, energy saving and environment protection. This company will be providing noise reduction solutions – efficient and environment-friendly.


Greenitiative is a non-profit association with the goal of providing an official make-up for the personal initiatives that have a great potential of contributing to the sustainable and ecological development of our communities: Bucureşti, Mogoşoaia and Eşelniţa.

The partners of the campaigns offer efficient solutions for a major improvement of the health and study capacity of our school-users as well as the energy efficiency and environmental responsibility associated with the restoration and construction process.

Next steps:

  1. November 2012 – Technical expertise,  visiting Câlnic middle school

The partners that have been so far confirmed will pay a visit, in November, to the winning school in order to perform a technical expertise.

  1. December 2012 – May 2013 – Design, planning and solutions stage

Following the report resulted in the first stage, next is the design, planning and solutions stage. Mr. Secretary of State, Stelian Victor Fedorca has expressed the wish to join the Romania Green Building council team of professionals for the visit to Câlnic middle school, in Alba county.

  1. June – September 2013 Implementing restoration works

The restoration works will take place during the summer vacatio in 2013 in order to welcome the students, in the following 2013 school year, to a new and ecological  school.

What happens to the rest of schools that didn’t win the first prize ?

RoGBC will support the other participating schools that have signaled issues with their buildings and will use the “Building Greener Schools” campaign to involve companies that are active in the green buildings industry, in order to generate products, services and funds necessary for solving the reported issues.

A first step has been taken in this direction: Saint Gobain Construction Products will  help Ion Neculce high-school by fitting one of its laboratories with 70sqm of Ecophon Master Rigid ceiling tile as a noise reduction solution.  The product is created by replacing the old petrol-based binder (used in mineral glass wool fabrication) with a new plant-based one. Also, recycled glass will be used in 70% of the fabrication process. Benefits for students and pupils: improvement of voice clarity by absorbing reflected sounds, thus improving the intelligibility of the spoken information and the improvement of the students’ concentration.

“We were pleased to have such an enthusiastic response from the Ministry of Education, teachers, parents and students to support this initiative.     It is clear that in addition to the many important considerations contributing to a quality education, the condition of the facilities where we study matter greatly.” said Cristina Siu, Leader of the RoGBC’s “Construieste Scoli Verzi” Campaign.

[1]According to Building Research Establishment (, Green Schools have an 18% contribution to the improvement of exam results and they may reduce maintenance and use costs with 40% up to 50%.

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.


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