Cundall presentation on Green Buildings in Romania

September 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Events, Member Projects | Leave a comment
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Alec Stewart - CundallFor the last 3 years Cundall have celebrated the World Green Building Council’s “World Green Building Week” providing sustainability seminars in many of their global locations.   This year, they presented in Bucharest and have made their presentation available for your review.  Take a look!

Cundall presentation on Green Buildings in Romania

Green Home Pavilion Concept and ECOPACK

May 13, 2014 at 9:07 am | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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tniecoThe concept of planning TNI Green Home Pavilion aimed the exposure as expressive sustainable solutions for constructions. The benefits of sustainable design exceed the issues related to environmental protection and come in the effective economic solutions. The concept of planning the pavilion is organic, which uses simple materials, recyclable or reusable for delimitation of four areas: presentation, discussion area, exhibition of new technology and modular exhibition. Each area of  pavilion was adapted for the exhibitors by using solid-shaped signal.

For the production of Green Home Pavilion, were chosen recyclable materials as wood and corrugated , provided by Ecopack collaborator RoGBC, which created contrast with standard stands. In this way, Green Home Pavilion was easily to find at the fair because of it’s design based on ecological principles.

Ecopack + ambalati-va

RoGBC Anniversary

September 25, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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On Monday, the 23rd of September, RoGBC celebrated 5 years of activity toghether with it‘s members and partners, at the 34th floor of SkyTower, one of the most energy efficient buildings in Romania, in honour of the projects, events and sustainable programs developed during these years and presenting the next steps and direction to be explored further. On this occasion, Mr Steven Borncamp, President of the Romania Green Building Council, discussed RoGBC’s evolution, the projects and initiatives that have been implemented for the ast 5 years.

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One of the main attractions of the event was the location, offered by SkyTower, allowing the guests to enjoy the Bucharest skyline at sunset. The artistic moment of the evening gave the event an added value, with the interpretation of a classical Romanian repertoire at flute and violin by the artists Flavius Tinica and Adrian Sarbu.

The event was made possible by the support of sponsors Hetrun and Vitalis, Valvis Holding, with the brands Aqua Carpatica and Domeniile Samburesti and Grano Restaurant. Image

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.

by Diana Şerban

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.

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.

Timișoara, Botoșani and Ploiesti compete for the Earth Hour Romania Capital

March 8, 2013 at 11:58 am | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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About the Challenge

The Earth Hour City Challenge is part of the Earth Hour campaign implemented in Romania. Cities and towns compete by expressing ideas, projects and initiatives for environmental protection – including projects started in the last 5-10 years and those set to be implemented in the future. The 2013 Competition is being held between the 7th of February and the 9th of March 2013.

 Who are the organizers?

Earth Hour is a concept initiated and organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), one of the biggest international NGOs working on nature conservation which has active campaigns in over 100 countries on all continents.

WWF-Romania, which was created in 2006, oversees projects and campaigns which have as a goal the conservation of the Carpathian and Danube areas.  For more information please visit www.wwf.ro.

 What cities qualified for the Finals?

Timiṣoara participates for the second time in the final. It scored 81.3 points out of 100 due to energy efficiency, education and communication, conservation and biodiversity values present in past projects. Future projects focus on energy efficiency and education, and the municipality’s plan for taking part in Earth Hour on the 23rd of March was marked with 18 points out of 20.

Botosani is in the final for the first time, scoring 75.6 points due to green spaces which are larger than the European regulation – 27.34% m2/person, and due to past education projects, transport plans for the future and reported recycled waste.

Ploiesti is in the final for the first time and scored 59.6 points. The high score comes from assessing education projects, transport, and biodiversity conservation and from having a green City Council.

What is the prize/award?

The winning city will be awarded the Title of Earth Hour Capital Romania 2013; it will be promoted at a national and international level, and will host the official event on the 23rd of March 2013. At the event, the WWF team and national press will participate making the city a landmark on Romania’s map.

 What will differentiate the competitors?

The contribution of the cities is not the only one that matters, but the people living in those cities. They are asked to participate by recycling PETs/plastic bottles. The city which will recycle the largest quantity of PETs/plastic bottles will win the Title of Earth Hour Capital, Romania 2013. The final will take place on March 9th, 2013.

 

For more details on the campaign please visit the Earth Hour, Romania website at www.ora-pamantului.ro.

To find out more about the international campaign please visit www.earthhour.org

 

Text: Adriana Potlog, Associate Member RoGBC

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.

In need for Green Service Providers?

May 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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The 3rd edition of the Romania Green Building Council Awards Gala  revealed the top three finalists / short list candidates:

  • BuildGreen Romania

BuildGreen Romania is the first Romanian company providing assesment services (BREEAM and LEED), construction project management services for buildings and Green Building design support and consultancy.

BuildGreen projects: EuroTower – BREEAM certification, Crystal Tower – BREEAM certification,  Victoria Center Office Building- BREEAM in Use – LEED EB:OM feasibility report, Olympia Tower Office Building – BREEAM certification

  • CUNDALL Engineering

CUNDALL Engineering is a international multi-disciplinary consultancy operating company with over 20 locations across the globe. Cundall’s engineering consultancy services cover the entire life cycle of any building project offering sustainable design solutions.

  • EPSTEIN ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING ROMANIA

Epstein is a professional services firm, providing architecture, engineering and construction services for offices, retail, manufacturing, distribution and institutional facilities around the world. Alinda Dudu has received the first LEED AP certification in Romania. (add something related to their involvement in the RoGBC training Platform)

 

 

The winner for this category was Epstein Architecture & Engineering.

Do you know which are the most innovative green building products in 2011?

May 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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We revealed the top 3 within the Romania Green Building Council Awards Gala, on May 10 at Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest

  • AGC Flat Glass Romania;

Stopray Ultravision is new type of glass to be used in facades or windows. It has a double function: during winter, it acts as a super insulating glass. In double glazing Ug value is as low as 1.0 W/sqm K. In summer time its low Solar Factor of 23%generates significant reduction of electricity ( air conditioning is not used on full power). On top of that, the light transmission is the optimum (LT=49%), ensuring that natural light enters to the building. Glass has the highest selectivity in the market (ration between light transmission and solar factor is very high, S=LT/SF=2,13). Stopray Ultravision is certified Cradle to Cradle with SILVER.

  • Jotun

Jotashield Extreme Silk is a 100% pure acrylic based paint specially formulated to with stand the harsh climate. The porduct’s special formulation based on a cutting edge technology offers excellent thermal comfort, lower energy consumption for keeping building interiors cool, longer lasting colours and protection against concrete carbonation. The special acrylic binder gives a durable and long lasting silk finish with low dirt pickup. It is ideal for decorating and protecting exterior surfaces and specially suited as a maintenance product

  • Schneider Electric;

Transportation is responsible for almost one third of all CO2 emissions in most industrialized countries.

As environmental considerations cause individuals and businesses to increasingly consider electrical propulsion for a wide-range of transportation needs, society is presented with an outstanding opportunity to reconsider its expectation of vehicles and the role of personal mobility. And Schneider Electric has a very significant role in this motion process by providing the infrastructure for the charging stations used by electric vehicles.

Schneider Electric’s EVlink makes possible for an electric car battery to charge at 80% of its capacity in less than 15 minutes, covering all the needs of the contibutors: from energy utilities to electric vehicles users, from the smart grid to the plug, from local supervision to wireless supervision on the charging stations, from simple charge to smart charge to optimize costs.

In our country, Schneider Electric has signed a partnership with Renault, Electrica and Siemens to develop the electric vehicles charging infrastructure.

 

 

The winner of this category was AGC Flat Glass Romania.

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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