Liberty Technology Park Cluj was granted the first BREEAM Major Refurbishment certificate with a „Very Good” rating in RomaniaSeptember 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Certification, Member Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
Tags: BREEAM, Certification, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, green renovation, RoGBC, sustainability, sustainable architecture
Liberty Technology Park Cluj received on the 4th of September the final BREEAM International certificate (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method).
The 1st BREEAM certificate for major refurbishments ever received in Romania
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.
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.
Tags: Building Greener Schools, green renovation, LED lighting
Within the Building Greener Schools campaign, a classroom of the Ion Creanga High School in Bucharest benefits from a green renovation with the support of RoGBC and our members.
These days they are installing a lighting system based on LED technology, provided by Zumtobel. Under the “Light for Education and Science” application, Zumtobel will demonstrate how the bright, uniform illumination of both horizontal and vertical surfaces is the basis for optimal visual and learning conditions.
Pictures with the finished classroom will be coming soon.
“Build Greener Schools” is an initiative of the Romania Green Building Council to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breath, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future.
Tags: BREEAM, Certification, green renovation, LEED, Living Building Challenge, Romania Green Building Council, sustainability, Training
Sustainable Landscape Design and Installation is an important component for building projects seeking internationally recognized green buildings certifications such as ‘Living Building Challenge‘, LEED, BREEAM or DGNB certificates. Topics include: site analysis, drainage and water management, sustainable design considerations, plant selection, landscape installation and maintenance.
Mrs. Negru Perrey is an active member at the Romania Green Building Council, the San Diego chapter of the USGBC and the European Chapter of the World Green Building Council, where she conducts ‘Sustainable Exterior and Landscape Design’ workshops for architects, developers, engineers and other stakeholders of the building industry. Recently she has designed the exterior and landscape for the first ‘Living Building Challenge‘ project in Europe – a library renovation in Cacica/Romania, which is lead and financed by the RoGBC and its member companies.
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.
Students, teachers and building professionals participated in 12 events across Romania to promote greener schoolsOctober 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Academics, Building Greener Schools, Events, Green Building Projects | Leave a comment
Tags: Center for Green Schools, green renovation, Green Schools, Ministry of Education, Mygreenapple, Research, Youth and Sport
The Romania Green Building Council (RoGBC) in partnership with the Ministry of Education launched the nationwide “Construieste Scoli Verzi” (Building Greener Schools) campaign to take action to renovate and construct Romania’s kindergartens, schools and universities toward better environmental and energy performance.
The campaign included seven initiatives organized by students and their teachers from kindergarten through high school that emphasized the importance of taking better care of the environment. The RoGBC and Ministry of Education organized five additional events to train and build awareness about the importance of the school facilities themselves to improving health, reducing absenteeism, achieving better learning outcomes, and reducing maintenance and energy costs for the nation’s school system.
“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.” says Cristina Siu, Leader of the RoGBC’s “Construieste Scoli Verzi” Campaign.
The campaign includes a petition to gather signatures of support for green schools from citizens at events and online via the RoGBC’s Facebook campaign. In addition, each of the schools who organized green awareness events have been entered into a contest to win a green renovation of their school facility by the Romania Green Building Council and its member companies. The winner will be selected on 12 October 2012.
Photos of the events and student projects are available HERE
More details on the specific initiatives:
- Green School 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 www.MyGreenApple.org, 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
To further raise awareness about the importance of this day, Mr. Dorin Beu, President of RoGBC Transylvania joined the Transilvania College team, to speak about the health benefits of studying in green buildings.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sibiu: Casolt Middle School; “We care” project – rehabilitation of schools sorroundings; planting flowers and trees.
- Alba Iulia: Calnic Middle School: “A better school for a better future” – cleaning the areas around the school and the Medieval Fortress.
- Dambovita – Gura Sutii Kindergarten: cleaning the kindergarten’s courtyard that is full of plastic and paper waste.
The prize of the contest consists in the implementation of the renovation process as described in the letter provided by the school in correlation with the evaluation report prepared by the partner companies leading the green building revolution in Romania. The campaign partners offer effective solutions to dramatically improve health and learning ability of our schools occupants as well as the energy efficiency and environmental responsibility associated with the construction and renovation process. The prize package includes planning and design services, project management, ecological building materials and coatings, sustainable landscaping, and energy efficient and green energy technology.
The contest was held in coordination with the “Green Apple International Day of Service”; an awareness building initiative created by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools supported by the World Green Building Council and implemented locally by the Romania Green Building Council.
The winning school will be announced on October 12th. Please visit www.RoGBC.org for more information.
- 28 to 30 September 2012 – Exhibition for Building Greener Schools. The RoGBC organized an exhibition at the National Real Estate Fair in Bucharest to demonstrate the importance of building and operating the nation’s schools to make them healthier, more energy efficient and with significantly less environmental impact. Student volunteers from the Romania Green Building Council’s Associate Member program collected signatures from visitors who wished to express their support for the Building Greener Schools campaign. Those signatures will be combined with those collected online at the RoGBC’s Facebook campaign described above.
- 28 September 2012 – Introduction to Green Schools discussion – dedicated to increasing understanding of why and how to design, construct and operate green schools. Cristian Popescu, CEO of Cofely Romania, Steven Borncamp, President of RoGBC, and Sergiu Vasile Moga, Director of the State Secretary’s cabinet delivered presentations to educators, school planners, facility managers and the building community. The presentation included examples to demonstrate how energy efficient and environmentally responsible solutions improve learning, increase attendance of students and faculty, improve health and save money.
- 29 September 2012 – Parent’s day Transilvania College (formerly International School of Cluj) – hosted parents’ day to welcome the parents and students back to the school year. The event kicked off a public campaign to raise funds for the school’s own new annex building which will be constructed to the highest sustainable construction standards. In addition, funds will be raised through the RoGBC’s “Building Greener Schools” campaign to be made available to a public school in need of a green renovation; a project to be planned an designed during this school year and completed over the summer break in 2013. Simona Baciu, the school’s Director, highlighted the recent green features of its building expansion as well as plans for the new “deep green” annex.
- 29 September 2012 – Ecobiblioteca workshop. The Romania Green Building Council (RoGBC) and its member companies have renovated the library of the village of Cacica, Romania to become one of the greenest buildings in Europe. The building is aspiring to “full petal recognition” of the ambitious Living Building Challenge standard and to achieve LEED Platinum certification. 29 September 2012 included activites for the community’s school children to learn about this very special building and the surrounding sustainable landscaping and amphitheatre. The RoGBC conducted a workshop to finalize the design of the interior and exterior furniture, childrens’ playground and sustainable landscaping plan. more information on the project is available here: http://www.rogbc.org/en/ecobiblioteca
We will count all signatures and deliver them to the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth & Sport to demonstrate the level of interest of the entire community in building and operating greener schools.
 According to the Building Research Establishment (www.BRE.co.uk), Green Schools improve tests scores by 18% and can reduce maintenance and operating costs by 40% to 50%
Tags: cradle to cradle, green renovation, reuse, RoGBC office renovation, sustainable paint
On December 8, at the RoGBC Holiday party, we unveiled our new and greener headquarters. “Greening our Workspace” is an exciting pilot project developed over three phases, aiming to sustainably renovate and technically upgrade the building that hosts our organization.
The first Phase of the project took place between the middle of October and December 8th and had the main objective of remodeling the ground floor of the building in a flexible and green manner. The Romania Green Building Council is the venue that places everyone involved in the sustainable market under the same roof : students taking part at the “Romania Green Building Professional” Certification and Training platform, green building professionals but also companies willing to showcase their newest sustainable products. Therefore, the existing space must be able to receive events with a lot of guests. This is meant to be a lively and comfortable space where people of various ages and professions gather to share information about a different kind of architecture, the environmentally responsible one.
The two stories (plus loft) villa on Ialomicioarei street is a mix of fragments of different ages. The oldest part of the building, dating back in the 40’s, is comprised of two rooms situated two steps higher than the rest of the ground floor. The metal door used to be an exterior access until the ‘90s extension of the house and the window used to bring light into the space. However, at the beginning of the project, the former access room worked poorly as a kitchen without sink and the other room served only as a passing space to the other parts of the house. The RoGBC intervention proposed changing the layout of the entire area. Each of the two rooms got a separate access, the old kitchen became a new office/meeting room and the bigger room became a kitchen/dining table that opens towards the event room.
The project was developed based on the “Cradle-to-Cradle” principle, so each building element had to be integrated in a new life cycle in order to achieve a better waste management. For example, the architectural decision to create a new access for the future kitchen has translated itself into opportunities to reuse the on-site resources. The bricks that made up the window battlement were carefully deconstructed, piece by piece and rebuilt in order to form the new structure of the stairs, and the window placed horizontally becomes the new office reception.
The ceilings of the two small rooms were made with the traditional formula of wood strips covered in plaster and clay reinforced with cane. This mixture was used as a filler, it was watered and compressed in order to create the new access platform.
The wood strips that supported the ceiling were recovered, existing nails were removed, strips were planed, treated and integrally reused. Some of them have become the pillars of the stair case connecting the ground floor with the first floor, respectively the first basement level with the ground floor and the rest make up the RoGBC “Christmas Tree” made with recovered nails and a metal pipe found in the attic, so all materials are local.
Our wish was to open-up the environment of the RoGBC’s office towards more optimistic approaches, closer to the organization’s goal. The solution chosen to cover the floor was the Tarkett linoleum provided by EPA System, which represents a successful combination between traditional materials – rapeseed oil, jute, natural resins and cork – and contemporary demands related to mechanical resistance and aspect. The existing laminated flooring, reddish color, was carefully removed, cleaned and partially donated, and partially reused. After leveling the support substrate with a self leveling screed, the Veneto xf linoleum was installed in all rooms.
The new visual identity of the event hall was however accomplished by not only introducing some radically new elements but also by the transfiguration of the existing furniture (covering with removable wrappers of different colors) and by positioning it within a different layout.
For the wall finishes we used the white skim TF1000 provided by Tassullo, as this was chosen due to its properties of adjusting the humidity in accordance to the environment and allowing the walls to breath. The skim “Malta Fina” is a finish prepared of dead-lime and selected inert materials, with a maximum aggregate grading of 0,5 mm, for finishing the interior plasters based on hydraulic binders.
In the events area, and also in the meeting room, Hunter Douglas proposed an acoustic false ceiling made by aluminum elements with various sizes, harmonized with each other.
The two rooms with a changed function were the subject of a full rearrange. After freeing the ceiling from the clay and cane load, the wood beams that were discovered represented an aesthetically pleasing surprise. As the specialists from the structural engineering company Strucon Proiect evaluated the wood beams as being safe, it was decided to keep their appearance. Cleaned, planed and vanished in a good manner, the beams are telling a part of the history of the house.
The two doors – from which one is replacing the old one, while the second one is a new step in the house circuit –were chosen in such a way to allow the access of the natural light, and also to protect the intimacy of the interior spaces from the events area. The two sliding partitions provided by Etem Building Solutions are made by tempered glass and aluminum structure, an easily removed and recycled assembly at the end of life cycle of the elements.
Both rooms received a significant technological upgrade. In the kitchen, Electrolux took part on the project by donating the energy efficient home appliances from the Green range. Moreover, new lightning devices were proposed through the project realized by Eng. Dorin Beu from B-lightning and provided by Phillips for the whole surface of the ground floor.
New electrical circuits, and also traditional elements (sockets, switches, cable trays) were necessary for powering up all these. The company that offered the optimal solution was Schneider Electrics, and that implements an intelligent system for automating the electrical network in the whole building, starting with the 2nd phase of the project.
The kitchen won a sink an aerator filter and the possibility of metering the water flow, which saves water use, but the innovation doesn’t stop there. A cabinet was made by associate members and RoGBC employees using less conventional materials. Parquet strips recovered from the floor coming from the event room were “covered” in cardboard measuring 2,5 mm (100% recycled) and painted here and there. This sandwich was then cut by a model, and the resulted pieces were merged together by the traditional process of interlocking using as additional stiffening elements some wood strips recovered from the former kitchen ceiling. Both the adhesive that served as binder and the paint are products provided by the company Kerakoll.
The new paintings are works signed by Ruxandra Raileanu, who chose in order to create them a theme inspired by the world of biology and natural materials.
In terms of decoration, RoGBC team has shown creativity and thinking outside the box. Until delivering the final solution for lighting, the lamps in the kitchen and the new office had to be protected, so it came the idea of manufacturing an exclusive shade made by using the materials that we already had there. Thus, we made a lamp from several Igloo magazine issues, and it still allows us to read the articles. The other shade was improvised from some reinforcing fabric mesh used to plaster the facades (provided by building team leader from Select Mandexim) and some dishes made from corn starch, common in RoGBC properties.
The decorations for the Christmas tree were also exclusively made from paper surplus found in our office coming from brochures, catalogs or old magazines.
But certainly the most meaningful for RoGBC is the so-called “truth window” located on the visual axis of the room access. Rather than getting rid of them, we chose to integrate here considering a point of maximum visibility, a great part of the waste or the items “discovered” on the construction field, along with materials that have become characteristic for this project. Thus, on a cardboard, clamped to the columns which held the linoleum rollers, are found some pieces of bricks, stone, wood strips and pieces of old tiles – all visually enhanced by the window which was located until yesterday in the existing kitchen wall.
More information to follow shortly.
Tags: energy_efficiency, European_Commission, green renovation, Lobby
The European Commission published at the end of June its final version of the debated Energy Efficiency Directive. The text will be discussed and negotiated further in the European Parliament and Council of Ministers starting with this fall.
The Directive was supposed to capture some of the provisions from the Energy Efficiency Plan and also review the general energy efficiency targets for 2020. For the building industry the Directive is relevant because:
- sets obligation on Member States to renovate 3% of their building stock to minimum energy performance criteria
- demands public bodies to include energy efficiency criteria in public procurement of products, services and building
- sets obligations on energy distributors or retail energy sales companies to achieve annual energy savings – preferably through energy efficiency measures applied to final customers
- require installation of meters and smart meters to final customers for electricity, natural gas, district heating or cooling, district supplied domestic hot water
- promotes facilitation/support of small scale and micro cogeneration units
- promotes energy services market – model contracts for energy performance contracting (buildings included) in the public sector
However, the European Commission’s proposal received a lot of critics mainly for already including a lot of “opt-outs” in major areas such as the 3% renovation target and the energy savings from the utilities.
The situation might improve since the Rapporteur assigned to draft the European Parliament’s position and lead the negotiation is Mr. Claude Turmes (Greens, MEP Luxembourg) that already criticised significantly the Commission’s proposal, showing a clear support for stronger requirements.
More to follow after the fall’s discussions….