Cundall presentation on Green Buildings in Romania

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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

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.

Green Corner at “Environment, Technology and Design” conference

October 19, 2011 at 11:13 am | Posted in Events, Green Building Projects, Greening our Wokspace | Leave a comment
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In the lobby area arranged by following the idea and the topic of the “Environment, Technology and Design” conference, held at UAUIM, RoGBC team prepared a Green Corner by using examples of sustainable procurement for an as green as possible office which follows the guidance of the well known sustainability principles: Reduce, Reuse, Replace and Recycle.

The idea of a booth is just one of the steps that we made for the development of the Green Office program.

We made the most of the furniture and props offered by UAUIM. We covered the existing panels by using posters showing office products made by recycled material. The purpose of this unusual booth was not only the presentation but to determine the start to reflect on daily office practices.

I saw, I asked, I understood, I got something concrete … I will implement it in my office too!

For the next event we propose a more interactive green corner and more participants interested in “placed at the corner”.

Monica Zărnescu

Get ready with your green building and sustainable company submissions!

April 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Romania Green Building Council is partnering again with Europa Property to present the “Romania Green Building Council Awards“.

These include:

  1. Green Building Project of the Year (large project);
  2. Green Building Project of the Year (small project);
  3. Sustainable Company of the Year;
  4. Green Product Innovation of the Year;
  5. Green Service Provider of the Year;  
  6. Green City Initiative of the Year;
  7. Green Building Education Initiative of the Year

Eligible building projects must have been completed or implemented by December 31, 2010.

The RoGBC Awards distinguish jury members include:

  • Arh. Serban Tiganas – President Romanian Order of Architects, Principal Dico & Tiganas;
  • Prof Dorin Beu Ph.D- Technical University Cluj-Napoca;
  • Bogdan Draganescu Ph.D – Smart & Pepper Consulting, Founding Vice-President RoGBC;
  • Mr. Gabriel Hyde, Country Director, ARUP Engineering; Director, RoGBC;
  • Prof. Emilia Cerna Mladin Ph. D., Applied Thermodynamics Chair and UNESCO Chair of Engineering Sciences; Polytechnic University – Bucharest;
  • Mr. Robbie Callow, Principal Engineer, WSP Romania;
  • Arh. Vlad Gaivoronschi – Andreescu & Gaivoronschiarchitect for “2009 Green Building project of the Year 2009
  • Ramona Tepelea – Managing Director, F&R Worldwide
  • Mr. Perry Zizzi, Partner,  Badea Clifford Chance 

Persons and companies can nominate themselves or others and do not have to be members of the Romania Green Building Council, but must adhere to the submission criteria.

The process to submit a nomination include:

  1. Download and read carefully the submission criteria here.
  2. Download the correct nomination form from below.

Follow the instructions in the submission criteria to submit your form by May 10th, 6pm.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited as guests of the RoGBC to attend EuropaProperty’s South Eastern European Awards where the Green Building award winners will be announced.

The Green Awards take place during the 6th annual Europa Property SEE Real Estate Awards Gala & Forum at the Athenee Palace Hilton Hotel, May 19th for more information on attending and sponsorship opportunities please go towww.europaproperty.com

green innitiatives

March 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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Since 2009 a franco-romanian initiative is developing economic and social intervention projects regarding the public spaces in Ferentari neighbourhood, Bucharest, along with the inhabitants of the area. From april to june 2011 the NGOs « l’Armoire Urbaine » and « Komunitas » in collaboration with Romanian and French landscape architects are going to rehabilitate two derelict public spaces by creating a vegetable pedagogic garden in the yard of the 136 School and refreshing an abandoned park on alea Livezilor. Further on the spaces in the proximity will be reconsidered as valuable in a sustenable way integrating in the eccentric urbanscape of the capital.

The project is on the European Union support and to maximize their efort, the initiators are looking for parteners that may participate with material provisions (especially wood), different utensils and the promotion.

For further info, please send an email to georgiana.branea@rogbc.org .

Georgiana B.

Green energy export

March 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Posted in General, Member Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
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We would like to introduce a state of the art technology elaborated by one of our members. There is a linkage between the energetic and the construction and building sector, so this might be relevant new information.

SYNERGY Construction established the Georgia branch and started works for the SIEMENS HVDC technology to transmit eco-friendly electric power from Georgia to Turkey, as part of the Black Sea Transmission Network Project – one of the most significant infrastructure projects in Georgia. This project will contribute to the development of the country and will increase its integrity to western countries and market. The goal is to connect the Georgian power supply network with the grid system in Turkey and to transmit controlled electric power generated in various hydropower plants in Georgia to Turkey.

The works have been commissioned on 15.02.2011, as mentioned in the press release from SYNERGY. For more details please click here.

Georgiana B.

Green Building Innovation Center Open House

July 16, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Posted in Green Building Projects | Leave a comment
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Come visit the Green Building Innovation Center on July 28th to get information and meet companies active in sustainable construction, real estate and green tech activities. The Center will be opened to be general public from 10:00am and conclude at 5pm.

Visitors will have the opportunity of learning about the Green Building Innovation Center , sustainable construction, and the RoGBC member companies.

RoGBC Member companies are invited to display their brochures and other promotional materials during the Open House.

Please contact Roxana Bica, Manager of Operations at RoGBC to ensure your participation is included in this exciting event.

Green Building Innovation Center

Purpose: to assist both “start up” and existing companies dedicated to transforming the construction and related industries towards greater environmental responsibility and energy efficiency.

The Green Building Innovation Center (or “GBIC”) provides companies a very efficient workspace to focus on developing their respective businesses in the proximity of a supportive network of similar companies.

This initiative is organized by the Romania Green Building Council (www.RoGBC.org) with the generous support of West Group Architecture.

The Benefits to Green Components of GBIC:

– Low-cost office space in central Bucharest with easy access to public transit for Green Building and Green Tech entrepreneurs

– Flexible use to accommodate the companies’ needs, reduce costs, and utilize the office space more efficiently

– The office equipment, appliances, materials, paints and lighting are selected to improve the environmental performance of the building

– Includes assistant to answer phones and resolve office issues; Kitchen with water, coffee and tea

– Includes use of office equipment (printer, fax, copier), high speed internet, central phone line, electricity, water and gas

More information is available here.

Looking forward to seeing you  there,

Cristina Siu

RoGBC installs indoor parking lot

July 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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The RoGBC opened a very convenient spot for bicycle parking inside its office.   The first  to occupy the lot was

Jasper Boychuk of the RoGBC does an excellent job parking the first bike

from a generous donation to the RoGBC by  Friedrich Niemann, General Manager of the Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest.  Friedrich had previously a bike when all 250 employees of the Hilton in Bucharest received a free bicycle for their part in winning a European-wide contest within Hilton International for the property with the greatest energy efficiency improvements.    Friedrich, an avid cyclist who already owned a bike, thought we could put his new one to good use in our Council.

He was right.   While our team tries to utilize public transit as much as possible, there are times when we previously needed to take a taxi to meetings and events.   We did an estimated payback period for a bike and concluded – assuming we paid 300 Euro for the bike – it would be paid back in less than 12 months.    Paying zero Euros for the bike helped our payback period even more.   Thanks Friedrich!

Hilton also installed plenty of bicycle parking in front of its Roberto’s on La Strada Terrace and for its employees to put their new bicycles.

and… visitors to the RoGBC office… please feel free to visit us with your own bike!

– The RoGBC team

11 March – Initiatives for a strong, green economy for Romania

March 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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The Romania Green Building Council will hold an information session on March 11 to present details of two new initiatives and an event important to the development of a Romanian green economy based on an energy-efficient and environmentally-responsible construction and real estate sector.

The RoGBC will describe details of a “Green Building Innovation Center” opening in April 2010 and a certified “Romania Green Building Professional” training and certification program launched immediately. In addition, information will be provided for a “Green Jobs” event for students and professionals describing employment opportunities in green tech and sustainable construction related fields will be held in May. Both initiatives are critical to the creation of better job opportunities and higher quality and more affordable homes and buildings.

Who: Participants from all construction disciplines are invited. Seats are limited. If the event is sold out before you register your name will be added to a waiting list.

When: March 11, from 9.30 to 10.00am.

Where: The meeting will take place on the 11th Floor of the Bucharest Stock Exchange Building; 34-36 Carol I Boulevard, Sector 2.

Cost:  This event is free of charge.

Members of the media should contact Alex.Baranga@RoGBC.org to register and to ensure access to the event.

For more information on the Romania Green Building Council, see: www.RoGBC.org

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