Voluntary Certification for Green Buildings in Romania

April 1, 2014 at 10:52 am | Posted in Training | Leave a comment
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At the end of March we had the great pleasure of having Elena Rastei in Bucharest – Sustainability Researcher at the Institute for Eco-Innovation |LEED & BREEAM Specialist at EcoVision Consulting

Elena Rastei is an environmentalist and sustainability specialist with over four years of expertise in green building certification systems and resource efficiency at both national and international levels. Some of her current LEED and BREEAM projects include Studium Green Campus, Romania Green Building Council -offices in Bucharest and Cluj Napoca, Vision and De’Longhi Romania.

The course lasted one day and the goal was to explain and educate the participants in the international voluntary certification for green buildings buildings.

Some of the topics discussed by Elena are:
– How to become LEED , BREAM or Living Building Challenge assessor (what are this certifications).
– Assessment Procedures
– Comparison between LEED and BREAM
– Reviews for communities (less known in Romania)
– Case Studies and practical exercises

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Sustainable Exterior and Landscape Design

November 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Posted in General, Training | Leave a comment
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katjaThe course “Sustainable Exterior and Landscape Design” was held by trainer Katja Negru Perrey in the “Romania Green Building Professional” platform.

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.

The Living Building Challenge Certification

August 30, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Certification, General | Leave a comment
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Considered a “manifesto in the form of a certification standard”, the Living Building Challenge stands out through a stringency meant to inspire new solutions in order to minimize the negative impact that construction has on the environment, maximize the positive impact and insure the building’s independence from the point of view of resources. This system’s mission is not a mere certification, but performance and the opening of new paths towards excellence in the green building field.

The certification incorporates four main social and environmental problems – climate change,persistent toxic chemicals, loss of habitat/ extinction of species and global inequity, problems that it addressees through seven categories, named Petals, which will be discussed in the further on. The association to the flower comes from the concept of grounded, an organic development which supports the system it belongs to. Thus, the certification’s Petals refer to the various aspects of such a living construction, namely to Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity and Beauty.

The first Petal, related to the Site, aims to rebuild the connection between the urban and natural environments. Consequently, an essential aspect is that of not restricting the natural habitat, allowing the construction only on brownfield; additionally, a surface equivalent to the built area has to be devoted to ensuring the species’ freedom in nature. Also, the Living Building Challenge targets the creation of pedestrian areas, through efficient use of infrastructure and the proximity to facilities.

The Petal referring to water seeks to inspire the creation of places, buildings and communities relying on water independent systems that reuse water by filtering it without employing chemicals, gather the rain water and reduce the water consumption. This request is one of the main challenges for the design process, especially in residential areas, where water consumption is higher than in buildings with a discontinuous program. In the end though, this challenge is the first step towards innovation and more and more ingenious solutions custom made for each location.

The energetic request refers to a net zero energy consumption, the building relying on alternative forms of energy. Regarding the Health Petal, this is mostly concentrated on a civilized, healthy environment, and biophilia. The inhabitants need to be able to control air quality, thermal and visual comfort through windows that can be opened. In order to fulfill the biophilia standard, the design needs to be inspired from the elements of nature, helping create the human-nature connection.

The most consistent request of the Living Building Challenge is the one related to Materials, by recognizing and using strictly materials safe for all species in the long term. Thus, a Red List has been constructed, together with a document that inventories safe products – Declare, initiated by the Living Future Institute. Also in the Materials section, the reduction of carbon footprint, the local procurement of materials, the use of responsible industries and a waste recycling and reuse plan are included among the requirements.

Regarding Equity, the Living Building Challenge certified construction needs to be accessible for all social classes, maintaining an equitable life standard, to establish a proportional relation between the human scale and that of the building, all the while ensuring the right to nature, natural lighting and visual comfort for the inhabitants and the surrounding buildings. The Beauty Petal brings up discussions on the education and inspiration of future projects through esthetics and the harmonious integration of the project.

Currently there are 4 Living Building Challenge certified buildings worldwide, with another 40 registerd. Romania applies to this certification with 3 projects initiated by the Romania Green Building Council, who starting February 2011 has been a Living Building Challenge Ambassador. The three projects registered for certification are ecoBiblioteca, The Calnic Project and the RoGBC headquarters.

Understanding the Living Building Challenge

August 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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For the first time in Europe, Romania Green Building Council organized the Living Building Challenge workshop, in the Romanian capital. The main mission was to present the most demanding ecological certification in the world.

“It is important that we prove the concept that ‘deep green’ or ‘restorative buildings’ are beneficial for green economic growth, for improving our building stock, and, of course, restoring the health of our planet.   As Europe debates the Net Zero Energy Building criteria for year 2020, we believe the Living Building Challenge represents the most ambitious interpretation of how are buildings need to be and we and our member companies will deliver them soon as aspirational yet practical examples of what is possible,” said RoGBC President Steven Borncamp who was recently appointed Managing Director of the campaign to promote the Living Building Challenge in Europe.

Trainer arh. Adrian Pop presented the criteria of the Living Building Challenge, emphasizing the importance of demonstrating the 1 year performance as a Net Zero Energy Building, and the requirements to collect and process all water on site, and to build only on brown field or existing building sites.

In the end we wish to thank our partners and hosts AECOM and Cervantes Institute for their support in organizing our event.

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Understanding the Living Building Challenge

July 12, 2013 at 9:48 am | Posted in Certification, General, News from Members, Training | Leave a comment
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9 August 2013
Romania Green Building Council
Bucharest, Romania

Understanding the Living Building Challenge provides a 6-hour in-depth introduction to the Living Building Challenge. Attendees are the green building leaders in their community: design professionals, contractors, developers, owners, government officials and employees of public agencies. In short, anyone and everyone who can impact the development of the built environment. See http://www.Living-Future.org for more details.
The course, the first in Europe, will be taught by arh. Adrian Pop, advisor to the RoGBC for the Living Building Challenge, member of the 2012 PRISPA team, and green building advocate.

More information:

– The workshop earns training course credit for the Green Building Professional accreditation program.
– To register, please contact the +40.21.222.5135 or training@RoGBC.org.

ecoBiblioteca project – HVAC equipment provided by JETRUN

January 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Posted in ecobiblioteca, General, Green Building Projects, Member Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
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The ecoBiblioteca project 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 require that the building should be a high energy performance building with energy efficient 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, respectig Living Building Challenge requirements:

– the WOLF brine/water heat-pump equipment (BWS-1-16) with accessories;

– the high efficiency WOLF heat-exchanger (CWL 400) with accessories. (the recovering energy rate is 95%)

more about JETRUN you can find here.

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more about ecoBiblioteca you can find here.

EcoBiblioteca – a zero water consumption building

May 9, 2012 at 11:30 am | Posted in Certification, ecobiblioteca, Green Building Projects | Leave a comment
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In order to address Living Building Challenge’s Water Petal, EcoBiblioteca has to reach a zero water level of extraction from public utilities. The water management concept regarding EcoBiblioteca assures that the water needed for daily use is taken from unconventional sources :

  • Groundwater, extracted from well has been tested and proven to be healthy – used as potable water source;
  • Rainwater / Stormwater – collected from the roof and used for non-drinking purposes;
  • Blackwater (water used by lavatories and toilet) – treated and re-used inside the same system.

This innovative MEP project is signed by CUNDALL, Romania Green Building Council Gold Member, through the work of Engineers David Clark and Vassilios Giannakos.

OSRAM supplies ecoBiblioteca LED luminaires

October 4, 2011 at 9:30 am | Posted in ecobiblioteca, General | 1 Comment
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In order to achieve Living Building Challenge certification, ecoBiblioteca will be mercury-free and  use state-of-the-art technology which limits  electric consumption.

So the LED solution come as a natural one and based on computer software design it was choose a solution with spotlights OSRAM Ledvance XXL of 46W for the library rooms and with downlights OSRAM Ledvance of 28W for the entrance area.

Osram LEDVANCE
SPOTLIGHT XXL 46W

Osram LEDVANCE
DOWNLIGHT XL 28W

Osram DRAGONSPOT
VARIO 7,2W
Based on this LED Luminaires we will  obtain a LENI (Lighting Energy Numeric Indicator) of 9,90 kWh/sqm/year.
Prof.Dr. Ing. Dorin Beu,
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