Tags: Bucharest, ECOPACK, Events, green buildings, RoGBC, Romania Green Building Council, sustainability, Sustainable Construction
The 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.
Tags: Bucharest, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Green Building Projects, green buildings, green homes, Romania Green Building Council, sustainability, TNI
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 … http://bit.ly/1r4eo7L
Tags: Events, green buildings, RoGBC, Romania Green Building Council, SUstainable Constructions
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.
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.
Tags: conference, Energy Efficiency, green buildings, Legislation, Legislative Outreach, RoGBC, Romania Green Building Council, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Development
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.
Tags: BREEAM, conference, Green Building, green buildings, LEED, Legislation, Legislative Outreach, Sustainable Development, tax reduction
Following the increased interest of the public authorities in Bucharest and throughout the country in the sustainable development of the built environment, on Monday, the 10th of June, Romania Green Building Council and the Association of Municipalities of Romania launched the Guide for local tax reduction on green buildings during the conference on financial incentives for the promotion of green constructions with a high energetic performance.
The document represents a working instrument for the local public authorities, meant to support the decision making process in order to attract investments for the construction of green buildings and to reward the investors’ efforts through tax reduction on these buildings.
The launch of the guide was accompanied by presentations that traced the context of the legislative proposal for tax reduction on green buildings. Mr. Steven Borncamp, president of the Romanian Green Building Council, launched the presentation series through a detailing of the benefits that the green buildings bring to both the Romanian community and to the development of the construction industry’s capacities. Mr. Borncamp depicted the necessity and the commitment required from the private investors to provide significant investments for the development of sustainable new buildings or renovation projects in exchange for the benefit of tax reduction. He also highlighted several success cases, including the Cluj-Napoca Municipality, the first town to apply the tax reduction on buildings in order to reward energy efficiency and green performance. In this respect, the vice- mayor of Bucharest, Mr. Marcel Nicolaescu, confirmed the orientation of the capital city towards an environmentally friendly urban development.
Luiza Manolea presented the legislation that stands at the basis of the decision of tax reduction on green buildings, a chance with which she highlighted the characteristics and principles on which this kind of tax incentives are rewarded, ensuring a high adaptability to the specificities of each community and willing to establish a balance between the interest of the community and that of the building owners. In this way, the highest investment efforts and the achievement of the highest sustainability requirements are rewarded through tax reductions, for a longer period up to four years, while the tax reductions don’t exceed a cumulative of 80% of the tax due. Also, she mentioned that the proposed fiscal measure for the promotion of green building is different from other fiscal or financial incentives, as: it includes all types of buildings, not only the residential ones, the investment comes from the owner, the initiative is private, the energetic efficiency requirements are higher and are accompanied by sustainability criteria, whose achievement is confirmed by final certifications internationally recognised.
Bringing a new perspective to the subject, this time the view of the energetic auditor, Mr. Eugen Goldhammer sent out a clear message- You can’t manage what you can’t measure. Thus, he highlighted the benefits of an energetic audit, both from the point of view of the authorities and that of the companies, given that it represents a major instrument within the implementation process and further on in the annual monitoring of the environmental management systems, according to ISO 14001 and EMAS, and that it has an important part in reaching the established objectives through the annual and multi- annual strategies of increasing the energetic efficiency and of reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide, and not the least, it reduces costs with maintenance of the buildings.
Further on, Alinda Dudu’s presentation concentrated on the introduction of the main international certifications in sustainability. She discussed the fact that the international certification standards for green buildings, of which LEED and BREEAM are the best known, represent a viable method of evaluating the performance in sustainability of a building. These systems are voluntary, neutrals- managed by third parties and can be applied at different stages of the building’s life, as well as to a variety of architectonic programs in Romania.
In addition to this, the subject of creating a package of tax incentives, neutrals from the point of view of the expenses, has been brought to discussion, in order to encourage the development of constructions, renovations and the management of environmentally friendly buildings, while bringing significant value to the local and regional economy. Mr. John Lyins discussed this subject, adding that from the point of view of the employees, they can only gain from the low rate of absenteeism and of illness, as well as from the increase of efficiency at the workplace.
The interest shown by the public authorities and their openness towards the improvement of community life encourage and at the same time bind us to continue the initiative to build or transform existing buildings into sustainable constructions. We wish that through this practical Guide, also meant to be a model of decision making for the local counsel, we can contribute to the implementation of as many instruments for the stimulation of green building constructions.
The guide for local tax reduction on green buildings, as well as the legislation pack that provided the basis to its realization can be accessed on the homepage of the Romania Green Building Council.
Tags: conference, green buildings, Multinvest, Multinvest Business Center, Romania Green Building Council
The press conference for the inauguration of the Multinvest Business Center office building is an event dedicated to all those interested in innovative technologies and green building.
Multinvest Business Center is the first Green Office Building in Târgu Mureş, currently under BREEAM “Very Good” .
Located in the historical center of Targu Mures, Multinvest Business Center wants to be a major point of interest for the community, beyond the business side, tending to participate in the city life.
Overview Multinvest Business Center office building, thematic presentations related to construction of green buildings, certification system for green buildings, presentations related to obtaining EU funds for green industries.
The “Multinvest Business Center – Building a Green Future in Târgu Mureş” conference addresses media specialists, public figures, architects, engineers, investors, green building specialists.
Event organized by SC MULTINVEST SRL in collaboration with Romania Green Building Council.
Tags: Bucharest, Certification, ecobiblioteca, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Green Building Council, Green Building Projects, green buildings, green renovation, meeting, news from members, RoGBC, Romania Green Building Council, sustainability, sustainable architecture, Sustainable Construction
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.
Tags: BREEAM, buildings, Certification, Green Building, Green Building Council, Green Building Projects, green buildings, green homes, green office, green renovation, LEED, renewable energy, RoGBC, Romania Green Building Council, sustainability, sustainable architecture, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Development, sustainable_development, Training
Do you want to become a BREEAM or LEED assessor?
RoGBC just prepared for you a brief presentation about LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method).
This LEED information package summarizes what LEED is, measures and delivers, which the rating systems are, the steps to achieving certification and also how to become a LEED professional.
This BREEAM information package tells you about what BREEAM provides, its objectives, types of projects and buildings that can be assessed using BREEAM. You can also find out the main things regarding BREEAM certification and how to become a BREEAM assessor.
Tags: buildings, Certification, Energy Audit, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, EPBD, Green Building, Green Building Council, Green Building Projects, green buildings, green office, green renovation, RoGBC, Romania Green Building Council, sustainability, sustainable architecture, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Development, sustainable_development
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!
Tags: buildings, Energy Audit, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, EPBD, Events, Green Building, Green Building Projects, green buildings, green homes, green office, green renovation, Initiative, renewable energy, sustainability, sustainable architecture, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Development, sustainable_development
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.