Liberty Technology Park Cluj was granted the first BREEAM Major Refurbishment certificate with a „Very Good” rating in Romania

September 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Certification, Member Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
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Liberty Technology Park Cluj received on the 4th of September the final BREEAM International certificate (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method).

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The 1st BREEAM certificate for major refurbishments ever received in Romania

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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.

 

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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.

Winners of the 5th edition of RoGBC Green Awards

June 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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Thursday, June 12th, during the Green Building Awards Gala, held at the Faculty of Building Services, UTCB, Romania Green Building Council has announced the winners.unnamed (1)

The awards took into consideration all companies doing business in Romania and building projects that have been completed by December 31st, 2013 and, for the Green Building Project of the Year category, have entered the energy performance certificate as required by the Romanian law 372/2005.

Thank you to all those who submitted entries!

We would also like to thank our jury of experts who reviewed the merits of each entry through comprehensive and engaging discussions.

This year’s jury consisted of:
• Andreas Laspadakis – General Manager, Etem Systems
• Cristian Popescu – CEO, Cofely Romania
• Dragos Riti – Head of Construction Departament, Erste Group Immorent
• Eugen Goldhammer – Consultant eficienta energetica
• Silviu Ginju – General Manager, Strucon Proiect
• Elena Rastei – Sustainability Specialist, Institutul de Ecoinovare
• Andrei Botis – General Manager, Nai Romania
• Rodica Margarit – Business Development Manager, BASF

The winners of the 5th edition are:

Green Building Project of the Year – Floreasca Park (Portland Trust)
Sustainable Company of the Year – Studium Green
Green Product Innovation of the Year – Charging stations for electric vehicles (E-Motion Electric)
Green Service Provider of the Year – E-Motion Electric
Green Building Education Initiative of the Year – The Faculty of Building Services, UTCB
Government Initiative of the Year – Alba Iulia City Hall

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The RoGBC awards are hand made reusing  

salvaged materials from a window factory.

 

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Europe Regional Network addresses the Energy and Environment Ministers on the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework.

February 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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2030: Europe Regional Network outlines need for investment certainty

The Europe Regional Network of WorldGBC has today written to Energy and Environment Ministers outlining the need for a coherent set of legally binding targets within the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework.

The letter from the Network notes that three targets for 2030 are needed, for energy efficiency, greenhouse gas reductions and member state renewable quotas, alongside a sector energy efficiency target for buildings. A number of EU countries are currently pushing for a single greenhouse gas target to replace the current ’20-20-20’ targets within the EU’s 2020 framework, though the European Parliament has supported a three target approach.

James Drinkwater, Senior Policy Advisor to the Network, said: “This is a matter of certainty for the companies investing in products and services that can transform our energy system for good. They need to know that EU policy-makers support their business models over the long-term so that they can create new facilities and jobs in the region without fear of having to cut this all back in the event national policies change. Many of our members are focused on unlocking the energy efficiency potential of the building sector, which is a complex issue that needs long-term political backing as well as market based solutions.”

Joanne Wheeler, Chair of the Network’s Policy Task Force, said: “The buildings sector has long been recognised as the sector with the greatest potential for cost effective climate action which will save money for businesses and householders. However, significant market barriers persist, and this means that industry needs long-term policy signals in order to invest and deliver greener buildings. A sector energy efficiency target would help focus minds across both public and private sectors, helping deliver buildings that are fit for the 21st Century.”

To view the letter click here

Introducing the Network

Green Building Councils are not-for-profit, member-based organisations that are driving the transformation of buildings, communities and users’ behaviour towards sustainability. The World Green Building Council is a coalition of over 100 national Green Building Councils around the world, making it the largest international organisation influencing the Green Building marketplace.

Our Europe Regional Network consists of over 30 national Green Building Councils and works in collaboration with around 4,500 member companies across Europe, which represent the full breadth of stakeholders in the buildings industry. A crucial part of Green Building is bringing the whole value chain in our industry together to provide better solutions, and this is exactly what we are doing through our members.

www.worldgbc.org/regions/europe

Artifex – state of the art on energy efficiency in the textile industry

January 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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Jetrun EnergoEco commissioned the HVAC equipment at Artifex, a textile manufacturing plant in Focsani, Romania.

 In 2012 , Artifex started the total renovation of a 13 500 m2 working space, located in Focsani. The production process involves various types of activities , each activity requiring a different microclimate . A common essential element is the need for a strict control of the humidity level. The client wanted a system that provided energy efficiency and a high level of comfort for the employees, which became a challenge for the whole team who worked on the project: the design company Cepronef, the execution company Amteh and the equipment supplier Jetrun EnergoEco.

 

The project requirements regarding energy efficiency and a high level of comfort have increased the complexity of the system and asked for a creative approach . We opted for implementing a geothermal heat pump solution, creating one of the largest industrial projects that use geothermal energy in Romania . We decided to follow the operating parameters of the system to develop a practical knowledge base in this area which is less explored in our country. ” said Adrian Moisa, general manager at Jetrun .

 

The ventilation system is made up of 4 air handling units Wolf KG Top 510 of 40,000 m3 / h with rotary heat recovery system and KG Top 190 of 10,000 m3 / h with plate heat recovery . Given the high density of employees, it is important to ensure a consistent volume of fresh air without affecting the overall efficiency of the installation. The heat recovery system benefits from a special treatment to ensure humidity recovery from the spent air, an extremely important function to reduce the need for additional humidification in winter. As for increased comfort for the employees, we opted for underfloor heating and cooling. By reducing the heat and cooling load of the ventilation system, we can reduce the difference in temperature between the introduced fresh air and the air inside the room, thus eliminating the discomfort created by conventional systems for heating / ventilation .

 

The air introduction piping was made ​​up of textile fabric and the exhaust air system was made up of metal. To ensure the thermal load for heating and cooling , Jetrun delivered 4 reversible geothermal heat pumps of 250 Kw each, with multiscroll technology and intelligent cascading kit, produced by Hiref . The heat pumps extract heat from a geothermal field of 120 wells of 120m depth and covers the entire heat demand of the building. At a COP 4.0, the primary energy consumption is reduced 4 times compared to a standard system .

 

About Jetrun EnergoEco

 

Jetrun EnergoEco is the official supplier in Romania for well known HVAC equipment manufacturers such as Wolf Heiztechnik and provides a full range of products from boilers and heat pumps to air handling units, chillers, cogeneration systems. At Jetrun, we believe in energy efficiency and a responsible use of resources. The people we work with on industrial or commercial projects recognize us for our support and involvement in the project design phase, installation and maintenance.

 

Website:www.jetrun.ro

 

 

 

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.

Eric Johnson: Green certifications need to be treated as business decisions.

August 30, 2013 at 11:00 am | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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ImageInvited to Bucharest on the occasion of the Green Building Professionals training platform organized by the Romanian Green Building Council, Eric Johnson gave us an exclusive interview where he discussed the development of green building trends, the challenges of managing such a building and the role of the public authorities in the development of this field.

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What do you think are the causes for the slower adoption of green building techniques in certain Eastern European countries?

Like in every new field, people are trying to find their way. I believe that they are relatively skeptical, for now, as they have a false impression on the amount of additional costs and they believe that hard work is necessary in order to make this idea profitable on the long term. I think that presently more and more concentrated efforts are being put into finding the right path for this new field.

You are one of the founders of the Czech Republic GBC. How well is the concept of green buildings understood in your country and what are the next steps for a complete development of the field?

I can tell you that all the owners of standard buildings are interested in obtaining a green certification for these constructions, regardless of its type. There are not many such buildings certified, but I believe that gradually their number will start to expand. At the beginning of the financial crisis, everybody wanted to be „green”, to prove that their products where good because they where green, and now I realize this is becoming more and more a strict criteria for the client. I know major developers that said that when you want to sell a building, you will not sell it for much unless it has a green certification. In four years, the Czech Green Building Council has had an impressive activity. We started with 13 certified buildings and we now have almost 100 or more. So even during the crisis we managed to attract enough members.

What does the management of a green building require in addition to a conventional building?

I think that the short answer is that one needs to establish clear objectives and make sure that everyone knows and respects them on a long term, doing what they are meant to do. It is important to know that the work is never the same, every day one learns something new.

Do you think that more human resources are needed for the administration of such a building?

I don’t think more people are needed, but more efficiency. Surely at least one person is required to overlook the whole process. And I don’t believe experience is necessarily required, but the enthusiasm for what you are doing.

What is the most difficult and what is the easiest aspect to promote as a project manager for a green building?

I think that no one would ever say that they don’t want to rent a space in a green building. The additional costs are usually the ones that scare the clients. I believe that when you have a building that is self-sustained in terms of energy and water, these costs will easily be recovered. The most difficult is to convince people not to smoke inside the building or do other simple things that they are usually reluctant to.

Do you believe that the governmental factor has a decisive role in the development of such a trend in Europe? What additional regulations would be necessary at an European level for the encouragement of the green building trend?

I am the advocate of a free market. I am not necessarily delighted by the regulations imposed by the state. For example, the American Government adopted the LEED standard for most of their public buildings and I believe that this is indeed a lead that other states should follow. I feel that these initiatives get stronger if the people engage in them voluntarily. However, I believe that the Governments should keep working on taxes and eventually adopt green certification standards for their buildings in order to encourage private institutions to follow.

Are there currently any public buildings in Europe certified as green buildings?

Yes. I think there are a few in Italy. There are definitely in the U.K., as they underwent a special development in this direction. Besides these two countries, I couldn’t name other examples in Europe.

How do you appreciate the development of green buildings for the next 20 years in Europe, compared to USA, for example? Will there be any differences, or does the trend follow a standardization of the field world-wide?

I believe there are a few differences. Europe relies more on Governments, while the U.S. puts more accent on the markets. So there will be differences in this sense, but generally we will have the same objectives. Even though apparently we are going in different directions, we will finally reach the same place. This field will develop more and more, people will begin to cooperate, to have better and better ideas and where there is a network of good ideas… for example if someone in Romania has a good idea, maybe someone in the U.S. will put it into good practice. It will all amount to sharing the information we have.

What is your strongest argument when convincing a client to build green?
I don’t think there is one sole argument because clients are different and they have different reasons to build green. Generally I try to convince my customers that it is a good business decision. It is the best thing to do in order to consume less energy, to build a solid reputation and to have a quality project.

Eric Johnson is a specialist in the planning, cost management and delivery of the green development and promotion projects, LEED AP and BREEAM Assessor.

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„

August 13, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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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.

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