Liberty Technology Park Cluj was granted the first BREEAM Major Refurbishment certificate with a „Very Good” rating in Romania

September 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Certification, Member Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
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Liberty Technology Park Cluj received on the 4th of September the final BREEAM International certificate (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method).

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The 1st BREEAM certificate for major refurbishments ever received in Romania

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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.

 

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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.

Winners of the 5th edition of RoGBC Green Awards

June 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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Thursday, June 12th, during the Green Building Awards Gala, held at the Faculty of Building Services, UTCB, Romania Green Building Council has announced the winners.unnamed (1)

The awards took into consideration all companies doing business in Romania and building projects that have been completed by December 31st, 2013 and, for the Green Building Project of the Year category, have entered the energy performance certificate as required by the Romanian law 372/2005.

Thank you to all those who submitted entries!

We would also like to thank our jury of experts who reviewed the merits of each entry through comprehensive and engaging discussions.

This year’s jury consisted of:
• Andreas Laspadakis – General Manager, Etem Systems
• Cristian Popescu – CEO, Cofely Romania
• Dragos Riti – Head of Construction Departament, Erste Group Immorent
• Eugen Goldhammer – Consultant eficienta energetica
• Silviu Ginju – General Manager, Strucon Proiect
• Elena Rastei – Sustainability Specialist, Institutul de Ecoinovare
• Andrei Botis – General Manager, Nai Romania
• Rodica Margarit – Business Development Manager, BASF

The winners of the 5th edition are:

Green Building Project of the Year – Floreasca Park (Portland Trust)
Sustainable Company of the Year – Studium Green
Green Product Innovation of the Year – Charging stations for electric vehicles (E-Motion Electric)
Green Service Provider of the Year – E-Motion Electric
Green Building Education Initiative of the Year – The Faculty of Building Services, UTCB
Government Initiative of the Year – Alba Iulia City Hall

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The RoGBC awards are hand made reusing  

salvaged materials from a window factory.

 

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Cluj-Napoca – The City of Green Buildings

May 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Posted in General, Training | Leave a comment
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We proudly announce that September 8th to 14th, 2014 will bring you the first autumn school programme, exclusively dedicated to green buildings. This event is called „Cluj-Napoca – The City of Green Buildings” an10363124_658754324201021_6859589987609069462_nd has been specifically conceived for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, within fields such as architecture, construction or civil engineering. Cluj-Napoca is among the first cities in Europe to offer a tax deduction for green buildings, which renders „The Heart of Transylvania” the perfect environment for our event.

“Cluj-Napoca – The City of Green Buildings” is organised by The Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, The Faculty of Building Services, ASFIC (Faculty of Building Services of Cluj-Napoca Students’ Association), RoGBC (Romanian Green Building Council), SHARE Federation and our most recent partner, E.ON Romania.

We are all aware of how important green buildings are when it comes to a large number of factors such as the environment, energy consumption levels and urban development. Moreover, modern man spends 90% of daily time inside a building, so the quality of that building is essential to well-being.

With that in mind, we strongly believe that by properly educating future architects and engineers with respect to green buildings, which have already proved their positive impact on our lives, we can actively contribute to building a bright and secure future via sustainable development.

The event was launched along with the 4th edition of the Cluj-Napoca Days, which takes place during May 23rd to 30th, 2014 and this year’s theme is multiculturalism. For three days, part of our team represented “Cluj-Napoca – The City of Green Buildings” within the Youth Corner set up in the Museum Square. Passers-by were attracted by our “Insta-Fun”, a multifunctional prototype, which is based on the idea of creating a system that makes it possible to observe the use and transfer of solar energy to various devices.

A full set of information regarding this event is available on the webpage: http://thecityofgreenbuildings.asfic.ro

 

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Green Home Pavilion Concept and ECOPACK

May 13, 2014 at 9:07 am | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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tniecoThe concept of planning TNI Green Home Pavilion aimed the exposure as expressive sustainable solutions for constructions. The benefits of sustainable design exceed the issues related to environmental protection and come in the effective economic solutions. The concept of planning the pavilion is organic, which uses simple materials, recyclable or reusable for delimitation of four areas: presentation, discussion area, exhibition of new technology and modular exhibition. Each area of  pavilion was adapted for the exhibitors by using solid-shaped signal.

For the production of Green Home Pavilion, were chosen recyclable materials as wood and corrugated , provided by Ecopack collaborator RoGBC, which created contrast with standard stands. In this way, Green Home Pavilion was easily to find at the fair because of it’s design based on ecological principles.

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Carlo Battisti and Historical Renovations using Green Principles

October 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Posted in General, Training | Leave a comment
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carlo battistiRomania Green Building Council had the honour to invite Carlo Battisti in Bucharest for teaching the course “Historical Renovations using Green Principles”.

Carlo Battisti has 20 years of experience in several Italian construction firms performing multiple roles. He has worked for Habitech, Distretto Tecnologico Trentino (Italy) – the founding member of Green Building Council Italy – as Program Manager of the Business Unit on Sustainable Materials and Construction Products. He launched the web site ‘green map’; the first Italian on-line database of LEED compliant products.

The workshop provided an overview and case studies about historic building, about main problems and opportunities in sustainable renovation of historic building, a new rating system for historic building sustainable refurbishment assessment and others interesting subjects related to historical renovations.

Gardiner & Theobald becomes Sentient, Central and Eastern Europe’s largest independent construction consultancy practice

October 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Posted in General, Green Building Projects, News from Members | Leave a comment
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We are very pleased to inform you that the management team of the operating companies of Gardiner & Theobald CEE., a premier provider of construction consultancy services in Central and Eastern Europe, has completed a buyout of the companies from the parent company, Gardiner & Theobald LLP.

The new company, Sentient, will be owned exclusively by its management team to ensure continuity and business as usual. The company will continue to have close links with G&T with the intention of cooperating on opportunities as they arise.

We have been operating in CEE for almost 20 years and have established offices in Prague, Budapest, Warsaw, Bucharest, Bratislava and Zagreb. We are pleased to announce that we have already established new bases in Montenegro and East Africa to work with new and existing clients on some significant opportunities.

We are very excited about the change which will allow us to continue to provide client focused professional support exhibited prior to the acquisition in existing and new markets and sectors. We are now ideally placed, given our extensive experience and knowledge, to build on this structure, at a time when increased flexibility and fast on the ground decision-making is required to benefit our clients from the growing confidence in the region.

We thank you very much for your support in the past and look forward to working with you in the future.

If you would like to know more please contact Gavin Moore at g.moore@sentient.re or at +40 21 222 2012   www.sentient.re

NocClean joins us in the Green Office campaign

October 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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We are glad to announce our collaboration with our newest member, NocClean, through its Green Clean division. Together, we will develop an office cleaning programme that respects the specificities of each building, uses environmentally friendly materials and is taking care of the inhabitant’s health. Thus, the Green Clean division will become a professional green office cleaning service, raising new standards in the industry. Green Cleaning is an essential side of our Green Office Programme.

 

Since 1998 NocClean has been setting new standards in professional cleaning services, also providing property administration services and landscaping. NocClean has a specialized department for property administration, offering a wide choice of services, such as office relocation, the mainenance of heating systems, carpentry and construction, electrical and automation, sanitary installations and air conditioning. You can find out more about them on their website – www.nocclean.ro

 

RoGBC Anniversary

September 25, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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On Monday, the 23rd of September, RoGBC celebrated 5 years of activity toghether with it‘s members and partners, at the 34th floor of SkyTower, one of the most energy efficient buildings in Romania, in honour of the projects, events and sustainable programs developed during these years and presenting the next steps and direction to be explored further. On this occasion, Mr Steven Borncamp, President of the Romania Green Building Council, discussed RoGBC’s evolution, the projects and initiatives that have been implemented for the ast 5 years.

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One of the main attractions of the event was the location, offered by SkyTower, allowing the guests to enjoy the Bucharest skyline at sunset. The artistic moment of the evening gave the event an added value, with the interpretation of a classical Romanian repertoire at flute and violin by the artists Flavius Tinica and Adrian Sarbu.

The event was made possible by the support of sponsors Hetrun and Vitalis, Valvis Holding, with the brands Aqua Carpatica and Domeniile Samburesti and Grano Restaurant. Image

We are turning 5!

September 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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After a long journey, with its ups and downs, where we pursued together the highest of goals, here we are at our 5 year anniversary. We stand still for a moment to celebrate with our members and partners these 5 years of activity, projects, events and sustainabe programs.

 

On Monday, the 23 of September, at 17.00, the 34 floor of the SkyTower building will open its doors for our celebration.Not aiming to be a gala event, the anniversary will be a good opportunity to change ideas, to get to know each other better and to see what it needs to be done in the future for our greener and more sustainable community.

Both old friends and new, we are waiting for you all to raise a glass of wine and discuss about the most important projects that we accomplished together, while enjoying the widest view of the Bucharest skyline. 

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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