ecoBiblioteca update – Construction Started!

July 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Posted in ecobiblioteca, Green Building Projects | Leave a comment
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[ Note – We will be posting a series of updates and photos about our ecoBiblioteca project.   There are many project partners involved and we will introduce them in various posts throughout the phases of the project. RoGBC member companies have donated service hours,  products and technology or made significant discounts from their standard fees
to assist our Council in undertaking this work which we appreciate greatly.  ]

We hope you enjoy these project updates.  Please contact us if you would like to get involved.  – the RoGBC Team


The construction works of the green library renovation project have gotten underway with site preparation and the beginning of the “deconstruction” of an adjoining, derelict building and the organization of its usable materials to be integrated into the renovated building and the surrounding landscaping.

Project Site Manager Bogdan Draganescu of Smart & Pepper Consulting ensured the site was prepared to exceed the required Health and Safety regulations as well as to ensure the construction activity on the site will not cause harm to the surrounding ecology.   The construction team was briefed on the requirements of the “Living Building Challenge” standard which included carefully categorizing and storing of reusable materials and management of hazardous waste.   The standard requires almost all of the construction waste to be diverted from landfills.

For more information about the project, see:  or contact Timea Paal, ecoBiblioteca’s Project Manager for RoGBC.

site works

Plaster removal from the walls

Replacing Asbestos roof with traditional wood shingles

Storing reclaimed wood

Storing bricks for reusage

Corporate Office Solutions and Steelcase deliver training on “Creating and Managing Greener Workspaces”

July 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Certification, Events, Greening our Wokspace | Leave a comment
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Just like there are things we can do in our personal life to keep our carbon footprint at a minimum, there are things we can do with our work life as well.

On July 5, RoGBC organized another training course within the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification and training platform. Representatives from Corporate Office Solutions and Steelcase talked about how to design, construct  and operate green workspaces.

The course presented key information on various sustainable office solutions. It included developing a green office program as well as achieving internationally recognized green building certification. The event was useful for executives, architects, product designers, technologists, engineers, academics, students, and others interested in exploring ways to benefit from the important shift toward energy efficient and environmentally responsible design principle.

Within the course, our colleague Monica Zarnescu presented RoGBC’s internal policies to create a greener and healthier workspace. These include:

  • paper recycling program – RECICLETA;
  • public transportation program for the  entire RoGBC team;
  • green business events & meetings; RoGBC requires that all it’s suppliers to go green;
  • office indoor air quality that includes natural ventilation, operable windows, entrance dirt track system, indoor green wall and plants, sustainable office furniture, recycled & recyclable carpet, energy efficient & light fixtures, Green Energy Star labeled computers, printers, LCDs, selective garbage collection: plastic, paper, residuary, recycled & recyclable pens, markers, organic soaps & non-toxic cleaners


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