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:


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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


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.

Eric Johnson: Green certifications need to be treated as business decisions.

August 30, 2013 at 11:00 am | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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ImageInvited to Bucharest on the occasion of the Green Building Professionals training platform organized by the Romanian Green Building Council, Eric Johnson gave us an exclusive interview where he discussed the development of green building trends, the challenges of managing such a building and the role of the public authorities in the development of this field.

by Diana Şerban

What do you think are the causes for the slower adoption of green building techniques in certain Eastern European countries?

Like in every new field, people are trying to find their way. I believe that they are relatively skeptical, for now, as they have a false impression on the amount of additional costs and they believe that hard work is necessary in order to make this idea profitable on the long term. I think that presently more and more concentrated efforts are being put into finding the right path for this new field.

You are one of the founders of the Czech Republic GBC. How well is the concept of green buildings understood in your country and what are the next steps for a complete development of the field?

I can tell you that all the owners of standard buildings are interested in obtaining a green certification for these constructions, regardless of its type. There are not many such buildings certified, but I believe that gradually their number will start to expand. At the beginning of the financial crisis, everybody wanted to be „green”, to prove that their products where good because they where green, and now I realize this is becoming more and more a strict criteria for the client. I know major developers that said that when you want to sell a building, you will not sell it for much unless it has a green certification. In four years, the Czech Green Building Council has had an impressive activity. We started with 13 certified buildings and we now have almost 100 or more. So even during the crisis we managed to attract enough members.

What does the management of a green building require in addition to a conventional building?

I think that the short answer is that one needs to establish clear objectives and make sure that everyone knows and respects them on a long term, doing what they are meant to do. It is important to know that the work is never the same, every day one learns something new.

Do you think that more human resources are needed for the administration of such a building?

I don’t think more people are needed, but more efficiency. Surely at least one person is required to overlook the whole process. And I don’t believe experience is necessarily required, but the enthusiasm for what you are doing.

What is the most difficult and what is the easiest aspect to promote as a project manager for a green building?

I think that no one would ever say that they don’t want to rent a space in a green building. The additional costs are usually the ones that scare the clients. I believe that when you have a building that is self-sustained in terms of energy and water, these costs will easily be recovered. The most difficult is to convince people not to smoke inside the building or do other simple things that they are usually reluctant to.

Do you believe that the governmental factor has a decisive role in the development of such a trend in Europe? What additional regulations would be necessary at an European level for the encouragement of the green building trend?

I am the advocate of a free market. I am not necessarily delighted by the regulations imposed by the state. For example, the American Government adopted the LEED standard for most of their public buildings and I believe that this is indeed a lead that other states should follow. I feel that these initiatives get stronger if the people engage in them voluntarily. However, I believe that the Governments should keep working on taxes and eventually adopt green certification standards for their buildings in order to encourage private institutions to follow.

Are there currently any public buildings in Europe certified as green buildings?

Yes. I think there are a few in Italy. There are definitely in the U.K., as they underwent a special development in this direction. Besides these two countries, I couldn’t name other examples in Europe.

How do you appreciate the development of green buildings for the next 20 years in Europe, compared to USA, for example? Will there be any differences, or does the trend follow a standardization of the field world-wide?

I believe there are a few differences. Europe relies more on Governments, while the U.S. puts more accent on the markets. So there will be differences in this sense, but generally we will have the same objectives. Even though apparently we are going in different directions, we will finally reach the same place. This field will develop more and more, people will begin to cooperate, to have better and better ideas and where there is a network of good ideas… for example if someone in Romania has a good idea, maybe someone in the U.S. will put it into good practice. It will all amount to sharing the information we have.

What is your strongest argument when convincing a client to build green?
I don’t think there is one sole argument because clients are different and they have different reasons to build green. Generally I try to convince my customers that it is a good business decision. It is the best thing to do in order to consume less energy, to build a solid reputation and to have a quality project.

Eric Johnson is a specialist in the planning, cost management and delivery of the green development and promotion projects, LEED AP and BREEAM Assessor.

Do you want to certify a green building project and don’t know how?

January 31, 2013 at 11:00 am | Posted in Certification, General, Training | Leave a comment
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Do you want to become a BREEAM or LEED assessor?

RoGBC just prepared for you a brief presentation about LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method).

This LEED information package summarizes what LEED is, measures and delivers, which the rating systems are, the steps to achieving certification and also how to become a LEED professional.

This BREEAM information package tells you about what BREEAM provides, its objectives, types of projects and buildings that can be assessed using BREEAM. You can also find out the main things regarding BREEAM certification and how to become a BREEAM assessor.


Press release – Environment, Technology and Design – 29 of September 2011, Bucharest

October 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Certification, Events, Training | Leave a comment
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Romania Green Building Council organized a full day course focused on “Environment, Technology and Design” which took place at University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” on September 29. The purpose of this course was to involve the regional and the national representatives of the companies working in the technological field, independent data centers, various business requiring data centers, architects, products designers, academical field and other professionals interested in finding new ways to benefit from the energy efficiency changes and the responsibility towards the environment, defined on the innovators and advanced technologies background.

Conference presentations in the event provided useful information about the opportunity and importance of a more environmentally responsible approach to designing, renovating, and operating technology intensive buildings. Information technology use, of course, is supplying us with powerful tools to solve our environmental and energy challenges; provided we move quickly to utilize the best solutions.

The objectives of this conference were to:

1) Demonstrate the business case for improving energy efficiency related to the extensive and growing use of technology;

2) Showcase the growing supply of sophisticated tools to achieve better performance in the visual and environmental design of our buildings and to operate them with greater energy and cost efficiency;

3) Provide examples of Green Office initiatives that save money, improve health, and increase productivity.

Moreover, the workshop was structured in such a way that the participants had the opportunity to actively interact with their lecturers during the interactive sessions based on questions and answers.

In the first part the event was focused on information regarding the business best practices. Thus, Mr. Steven Borncamp, the President of Romania Green Building Council, emphasized the necessity to include the concepts of sustainable design, renovation and operation necessary to construction industry into the business environment. Mr. Saulo Spaolanse, Country President Schneider Electric, drew attention to the existing issues on energy efficiency and also to the role played by technology for creating a sustainable economy, emphasizing the financial benefit associated to green building construction as well:

“We understand the need for a more sustainable environment, considering the fact that green buildings are an imperative when talking about energy issues […] thus, the question we need to ask ourselves is: How can we solve this problem and what do we need to do this?”

Mrs. Maria-Daniela Toma, counselor within Ministry of Environment – The Department for Environment Protection and Sustainable Development – offered information about the eco-labeling process for the construction materials in Romania, while Mrs. Corina Truica, CEMS Technologies presented information regarding the new local and European legislation, the market demand and offer for sustainable buildings as well as the influence of the legislative proposals for the green building market. The main topics in this section emphasized the impact put on construction: the energetic performance of the buildings, the integration of renewable energy sources (including the buildings sector), the standards of energetic performance for the components having a significant impact on energy consumption, the end user energy efficiency, lowering carbon emissions in non-ETS sectors (including buildings) and building generated waste.

Alinda Dudu, Epstein Architecture & Engineering provided a comparison between the most popular international systems of voluntary certification: LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and BREEAM – BRE Environmental Assessment Method by using the case studies made on regional level.

The second part was dedicated to the discussions about sustainable architecture principles and ecological materials; benefits, availability and financial considerations. Meanwhile, the available solutions in Central and Eastern European regions as well as the strategies for creating and managing greener working spaces were presented. Michel Arres, Vice-President IT Business Central Europe discussed about the energetic dilemma and the consequences for companies which are using data centers in their activity, offering at the same time internal examples of best practices. Tudor Trita, CEO Archibus Solution Center pointed out some simple solution given by the technological development that allows us to become more environment friendly and more efficient at the same time. Mr. Prof.  PhD Dorin Beu , Technical University of Cluj Napoca and Director of RoGBC Transilvania Branch discussed about the different approaches to release the creativity by using energy efficient lighting solutions as well as their applicability within the pilot project  initiated by RoGBC – “ecobiblioteca” , which implies an exemplary renovation  of the public library in Suceava county, Cacica village done by following the sustainable building principles. This building will be a certified green building through the system of voluntary certification “Living Building Challenge”.  Based on this project RoGBC wishes to create an example of sustainability, responsibility towards the environment and best practices in the construction process for the local communities and for the Romanian authorities. Ioana Busila, Corporate Relation Officer WWF Romania provides the best practices examples of green working spaces that are returning revenue, improve the interior air quality and increase the employees productivity, while Monica Zarnescu, Green Office & Operations Specialist and Cristina Siu, Manager Marketing and Events  offered details about sustainable practices implemented for the “Green Office” strategy within RoGBC organization.

Dan Constantinescu, Nemetschek Romania representative made an analysis regarding nowadays buildings pointing out the energy strategy of Bucharest.

In the third part of the event Timea Paal, Project Specialist Romania Green Building Council and Ambassador Living Building Challenge initiated a discussion about buildings and work spaces in the future as well as ways of making efficient buildings from the energy point of view by using the “Living Building Challenge” system of voluntary certification.

With more than 100 participants, the event was a real success. Various participants at the workshop were key representatives from the sustainable construction sector and IT industry, construction companies, architects, engineers, technology and service providers, students and teachers, public authorities. The event organizers offered to the participant students a limited number of scholarships.


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New graduates of the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification and training program

July 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Posted in Certification | Leave a comment
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We would like to congratulate the following persons for their commitment, participation, ideas and other contributions for the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification and training program:

Andreea Carastoian, Strucon Proiect

Raluca Primejdie, Architect

Lucian Opris, Bluehouse Capital

Monica Marza, West Group Architecture

The intensive program includes 56 hours of multidisciplinary training in sustainable construction principles. The RoGBC wishes each of you success in transforming Romania’s built environment to the highest levels of green performance.

Click here for the full list of Romania Green Building Professional graduates.

Creating and Managing Greener Workspaces course

July 6, 2011 at 10:50 am | Posted in Events, Greening our Wokspace, Training | Leave a comment
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On July 5th the RoGBC organized the “Creating and Managing Greener Workspaces” course, part of the “Romania Green Building Professional” certification and training platform.

The course presented key information on various sustainable office solutions. Mrs. Elena Tanase, Market Manager Steelcase Romania & Bulgaria, and Mrs. Mihaela Udriste, Senior Project Director Corporate Office Solutions, discussed about energy efficient and environmentally responsible design principles in an office.

Mr. Finbar Murphy, MEP Leader Arup, presented in a very interesting manor some great ideas, case studies and initiatives of creating and managing sustainable work-spaces. Below you can see a heat pump system that can help improve the energy performance in an office building.

LEED green building rating tool course organized by the RoGBC

June 29, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Romania Green Building Council in partnership with Triple Green Building Group organized on June 28 the 3rd training course this year about the internationally recognized LEED (Leadership in Energy  and Environmental Design) building rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The event was organized with the help of our founding member Epstein Global, who were very kind to host us in their conference room. Epstein is one of the largest and oldest architecture, interiors, engineering and construction firms in the world.

Mrs. Vessela Vatcheva-McGee, LEED AP, delivered the course on LEED ‘BD+C 251: Understanding the Building Design + Construction LEED Rating Systems’. The course objectives were to identify LEED BD+C minimum program requirements, to recognize the unique aspects and differences between each LEED BD+C rating systems and to plan for key considerations and requirements for the LEED certification process. This course provided the participants with coursework critical to professionals interested in taking the LEED Green Associate exam.

The participants were from various fields of activity and companies: members of the RoGBC team, Epstein Global, Bluehouse Capital, Build Green Romania, architects and independent building evaluators.

New course about Naturalpaint’s hemp insulation

October 15, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Posted in News from Members, Training | Leave a comment
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On Saturday, October 30th 2010, Natural Paint company together with Greenitiative Association invites you to a one-day seminar, to talk about the new and environmentally friendly insulation solutions (insulation based on TermoHanf hemp). The event will take place at the Greenitiative Association headquarters and will include also a presentation about the green features of the location. Thus, those interested – architects, constructors, technical consultants, university staff etc. – will have the opportunity to learn how to choose a good wood window frame, how to design a green roof, as well as how to install a energy efficient heat pomp or fireplace.

For more information about the location, costs and program, please visit the invitation here.



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