Tags: Energy Efficiency, news from members
Jetrun EnergoEco commissioned the HVAC equipment at Artifex, a textile manufacturing plant in Focsani, Romania.
In 2012 , Artifex started the total renovation of a 13 500 m2 working space, located in Focsani. The production process involves various types of activities , each activity requiring a different microclimate . A common essential element is the need for a strict control of the humidity level. The client wanted a system that provided energy efficiency and a high level of comfort for the employees, which became a challenge for the whole team who worked on the project: the design company Cepronef, the execution company Amteh and the equipment supplier Jetrun EnergoEco.
“The project requirements regarding energy efficiency and a high level of comfort have increased the complexity of the system and asked for a creative approach . We opted for implementing a geothermal heat pump solution, creating one of the largest industrial projects that use geothermal energy in Romania . We decided to follow the operating parameters of the system to develop a practical knowledge base in this area which is less explored in our country. ” said Adrian Moisa, general manager at Jetrun .
The ventilation system is made up of 4 air handling units Wolf KG Top 510 of 40,000 m3 / h with rotary heat recovery system and KG Top 190 of 10,000 m3 / h with plate heat recovery . Given the high density of employees, it is important to ensure a consistent volume of fresh air without affecting the overall efficiency of the installation. The heat recovery system benefits from a special treatment to ensure humidity recovery from the spent air, an extremely important function to reduce the need for additional humidification in winter. As for increased comfort for the employees, we opted for underfloor heating and cooling. By reducing the heat and cooling load of the ventilation system, we can reduce the difference in temperature between the introduced fresh air and the air inside the room, thus eliminating the discomfort created by conventional systems for heating / ventilation .
The air introduction piping was made up of textile fabric and the exhaust air system was made up of metal. To ensure the thermal load for heating and cooling , Jetrun delivered 4 reversible geothermal heat pumps of 250 Kw each, with multiscroll technology and intelligent cascading kit, produced by Hiref . The heat pumps extract heat from a geothermal field of 120 wells of 120m depth and covers the entire heat demand of the building. At a COP 4.0, the primary energy consumption is reduced 4 times compared to a standard system .
About Jetrun EnergoEco
Jetrun EnergoEco is the official supplier in Romania for well known HVAC equipment manufacturers such as Wolf Heiztechnik and provides a full range of products from boilers and heat pumps to air handling units, chillers, cogeneration systems. At Jetrun, we believe in energy efficiency and a responsible use of resources. The people we work with on industrial or commercial projects recognize us for our support and involvement in the project design phase, installation and maintenance.
Tags: Certification, Living Building Challenge, news from members, Romania Green Building Professional
9 August 2013
Romania Green Building Council
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.
– The workshop earns training course credit for the Green Building Professional accreditation program.
– To register, please contact the +188.8.131.5235 or training@RoGBC.org.
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: news from members, Sauter Controls, sustainability, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Development
RoGBC member – Sauter is in pole position with its range of diverse solutions, when it comes to building management, that can be adapted to meet all requirements.
Sauter is launching several new products for 2013, which for sure will confirm the Swiss quality. Last year it was the year of Bacnet solutions confirmation, the versatile controller with integrated web-server EY-AS525 being the flagship of their systems.
– Sauter added a further valve to their Valveco range, up to DN 50;
– The Sauter VAV compact controller ASV 115 is now available with a second control loop for compact decentralised and flexible control of room temperature and room pressure for Pharma aplications.
– Also new are the two heating, ventilation and air-conditioning controllers, flexotron 400 and flexotron 800 – the former for smaller systems and the later for more complex ones.
– The new Sauter AKM105 actuator is particularly sustable for smaller ball valves, while the new Sauter AXM 217 is used for 2/3 points or 0-10 V for through ot three-way unit valves.
– There will be also a new version of the SCADA building management software, novaPro Opne, while SAUTER EMS 3.0 has a redesigned user interface and is now also suitable for mobile usage.
For more information about Sauter products and services you can ask information at the e-mail adress (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Also you can visit the site http://www.sauter-control.ro/ro.html or http://www.sauter-controls.com/en.html
Tags: buildings, ecobiblioteca, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, EPBD, Green Building Projects, Living Building Challenge, news from members, Romania Green Building Council, Sustainable Development
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.
more about ecoBiblioteca you can find here.
Tags: Bucharest, buildings, Energy Audit, Energy Certification, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Green Building Projects, news from members, RoGBC, Romania Green Building Council, Sustainable Construction
The new member of RoGBC, EGEEA Design, has made on 13 December 2012 an survey with a infrared camera of the RoGBC headquarters. As part of the RoGBC pilot project : Greening our Workspace Phase II.
The survey has revealed the main areas where the heat transfer is increased, know as Thermal Bridges. Areas which, besides the energy which is consumed (lost) to the exterior environment, they can develop mold and/or condensation on the interior finishing and also, more evident, they generate a thermal discomfort of the residents.
Below you can find some images from this survey.
the Office ceiling: with a lamp on the left and a thermal bridges on the right.
the Office windows (view from out side): with a thermal bridges on the lower part (parapet) where is also an radiator on the interior.
Exeterior view: the darker parts of the attic is covered with snow, the lighter parts o the attic are thermal bridges which are dry(not covered whit snow) due to the interior-exterior heat transfer.
Tags: Building Greener Schools, Calnic Middle School, Energy Efficiency, green buildings, green renovation project, Ministry of Education Romania, news from members, Sustainable Development
On November 28th the first integrated design session, part of the “Building Greener Schools” contest, will take place at the RoGBC office. Our project partners will discuss about the site visit held on November 19th and will start the design, planning and solutions phase.
We will keep you updated with this exciting project!
Pictures from the site visit are available on the RoGBC flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25003595@N07/sets/72157632110507333/
Tags: Energy Efficiency, Epstein Engineering & Architecture, Green Building Projects, green buildings, green logistic center, news from members, Sustainable Development
RoGBC founding member, Epstein Engineering & Architecture has recently started the Construction phase of the new finished goods warehouse for Star Foods. Epstein is providing full architecture, engineering and construction project management services for the development of the new finished goods warehouse expansion. The facility will be delivered by mid 2012 and is located in Popesti Leordeni, on the southern outskirts of Bucharest.
The new 2,5 million euro development will be an extension of Star Food’s existing manufacturing and will include a finished products warehouse, in connection with the existing facility, an expediting area, and office and employee welfare areas, totaling approximately 4, 500 sq m.
The new warehouse area features state-of-the-art logistic center technologies including high bay rack storage and ESFR25 sprinklers, and T5 fluorescent lighting with photocell control. Additionally, the project includes upgrades to the fire water supply and protection systems for the entire manufacturing campus, a new guard house, new truck scale and truck maneuvering areas.
“This new facility will contribute to the further development and expansion of Star Foods in Romania. Our architects and engineers have designed the new facility focusing on the functionality of the building from logistics operations perspective while maintaining close attention to keeping the project within the investment goals,” declared Randy Tharp, Managing Director of Epstein Architecture & Engineering. “Our extensive logistic experience in the U.S. and Poland leads us to successfully apply the latest approaches and methods to similar projects here in Romania.”
Epstein is a Chicago-based architecture, engineering and construction company, active on the Romanian market for more than five years, developing successful projects for international clients like Lufkin Industries (manufacturing facility of 35,470 sq m located on an approximately 33.32 hectare site within the Ploiesti West Park in Romania), Cameron (12,500 sq m manufacturing and office facility in Ploiesti), Emerson (6,500 sq m production facility with an additional 1,800 sq m of office space completed in mid 2010, in Cluj Napoca), WDP Development (6,000 sq m automotive plastic injection molding plant for Röchling-Automotive in Oarja), and Petrom.
For nearly 90 years, Epstein has been associated with landmark design and engineering projects throughout the world. Epstein is a founding member of the ROGBC (Romania Green Building Council), providing sustainable design, engineering and construction solutions for clients in the commercial, industrial and public sector.
Star Foods is the Romanian snack food division of PepsiCo International and this facility produces Lays Potato Chips and Star brand popcorn, nuts, and other snacks foods.
PepsiCo entered the Romanian market in 2004, acquiring the market leader of potato chips, the company Star Foods, present in Romania since 1993. Thus, PepsiCo became one of the most important players, within snacks market in Romania.
Congratulations and good luck going forward!
Epstein has been a leader in the area of Sustainable Design and LEED Certification. Epstein currently has 28 LEED Certified projects and 28 LEED projects pending. Our LEED Certified projects account for over 1% of all LEED Certified projects in the world by with a total area of 1,432,548 sq m (15,419,810 square feet).
Tags: architecture, engineering, Epstein 90 year anniversary, Epstein Architecture & Engineering, news from members, Randy Tharp
RoGBC Founding Member, Epstein Engineering & Architecture has recently celebrated 90 years of existence, since the company was established in Chicago, in 1921. For nearly 90 years, Epstein, the architecture, interior design, engineering and construction company, has been associated with landmark projects throughout the world. Their specialists have been providing sustainable design, engineering and construction solutions for clients in the commercial, industrial and public sector.
The company is headquartered in Chicago with a regional domestic office in New York and international locations in Warsaw, Poland (since 1971) and Bucharest, Romania (since 2006).
Epstein is active on the Romanian market for more than five years, developing successful projects for international clients like Lufkin, Cameron, Andrew Corporation, Emerson, Star Foods Romania, Petrom.
“We are very proud that we have succeeded in consolidating our position on the Romanian market under difficult economic conditions, within only five years of existence. Our significant experience on industrial projects in Romania, along with the growing market potential, lead us further concentrate upon penetrating the commercial segment, as well. We strongly believe in developing sustainable solutions for all of our projects and therefore offer LEED consulting and energy modeling services for clients. We are one of the few companies in Romania with LEED Accredited Professionals and LEED Certified projects in Central Europe.”, declared Randy Tharp, Managing Director of Epstein Romania.
In Romania, Epstein is currently working on a new manufacturing facility for Lufkin Industries, providing architectural and engineering services, as well as general contracting. The new 35,470 sq m facility is located on an approximately 33.32 hectare site within the Ploiesti West Park in Romania. This new Lufkin facility is developed with the purpose to support sales of oil pumping units to current and future customers in the Middle East, Black Sea, Central Europe and eventually Russia.
At the moment Epstein is providing full architecture, engineering and construction management services for the development of a new finished goods warehouse for Star Foods. The new construction is set up as an extension of their existing storage objectives and activities developed on the company’s site, in Popesti Leordeni, at their processing facility on the southern outskirts of Bucharest. The new building will include: a finished products warehouse, in connection with the existing hall, an expedition area and office and employee welfare areas, totaling approximately 4500 sq m.
In 2009, Epstein was general designer for a new production facility in Cluj-Napoca for Emerson, offering full service architecture and engineering for a new production hall with an area of 6,500 square meters, with an additional 1,800 sq m of office space. This building was completed in mid 2010.
Read the full press release here.
 The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program from the United States Green Building Council is a means for building owners to certify their building as a sustainable facility. The program allocates credits to different categories of sustainable design and provides a Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum rating based on the number of credits obtained.
Tags: ecobiblioteca, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Green Building, Green Building Projects, news from members
Thermaflex company has been actively involved in “Green Library” project, providing non pollutant solutions that can ensure energy loss reduction and implicitly the decrease of CO2 emissions.
To ensure the link between the technical room and the library building, there have been used 2 pre-isulated pipes Flexalen 600, De 32mm, return pipes with a total length of 15 meters. The main pipe, made of polybutylene (Polybutene PB1) provides a life-cycle of more than 50 years, for temperature of maximum 95 °C, and assures lasting properties over the entire exploitation period at a pressure of maximum 8 bars. The pipage covering is made of polyolefins foam with closed cells that provides a thermal conductivity of less than 0,032 W/mK. Due to its cellular structure, the covering blocks water absorption. Having a high flexibility and being a heat-sealable material, the installation price is very low, in comparison with classical systems.
For thermal energy distribution inside the building, there will be used polybutylene pipes with a diameter of 16 and 20 mm, covered with thermal insulation, Thermacompact type. Both insulation and pipes are 100% recyclable and do not contain environment-unfriendly substances. The pipes and fitting pieces can be welded, so the resulting system is homogenous and very reliable.
All the materials recommended for this project have been carefully analysed in order to match the ecological requirements and to ensure the transport and thermal energy distribution with minimum loss.