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

Sustainable Construction in Transylvania!

August 17, 2009 at 7:29 pm | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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Building green means building for the future, but at the same time building green has a lot to do with the past. Tradition and sustainability are, in a way, similar : both of them have to defeat time. Therefore analyzing tradition can reveal very interesting facts about the way people in the old times perceived sustainability and even applied it, although the term did not yet exist. The RoGBC used this idea and transformed it into an exciting event in Transylvania, the mountainous heart of Romania.IMG_0822

In the medieval environment of the “Land of the Seven Citadels” – as Transylvania is historically known – the participants took notice of the roots of sustainability in Romanian architecture and also got acquainted with the traditional Romanian food, music and folk dances.

Architect Horatiu Racasan held a presentation on sustainable construction practices and also showed some of his projects.

Eva Schmincke, a director of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) and product specification expert, discussed the future of sustainable construction materials product declarations (EPD) and their role in sustainable construction in Europe.

Gabriel Rosca, President of the Sibiu chapter of the Romanian Order of Architects discussed the results of a summer school where attendees developed and presented urban planning and green solutions for the city’s challenges.

Nicholas Dimancescu showed a short film and explained the history and development of the Inn at Balaban – our venue for the weekend in Transylvania.

Sabin Maghiar
of Monsena demonstrated some of the work their company is doing for historical renovations in Romania.

IMG_5381Architect Silvia Demeter of Context Architecture and Romania’s representative to the European Council of Architects provided an excellent tour of Brasov city despite some interruptions from uncooperative weather. The sun got friendlier as we visited the Rasnov fortress.

As they first arrived in Bucharest, the participants took a walking tour through the capital city and hear about the stories behind its most important buildings. Luiza Hanc and Octavian Partenie, two of the associate members of the RoGBC, as well as RoGBC Communication Specialist, Alina Kartman, were in charge with providing the information for the tour.

Although time was short, plenty of other activities were fit into the schedule: an excellent outdoor dinner at the Hilton’s La Strada, and two unforgettable train rides 🙂

Check the RoGBC Flikr account for more photos from the event.

Impressions from Creating Greener Workspaces (Workshop – April 22, Bucharest)

April 24, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Events, Training | Leave a comment
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On April 22, at the Orange Concept Store in Bucharest, the Romania Green Building Council and WWF organized a half-day training course on “Creating Greener Workspaces”, with the purpose to educate the Romanian marketplace on the advantages of green office policies, design and renovation..

With around 50 participants, the event was a great success.  Executives responsible for office operations, architects and designers, engineers and real estate consultants, suppliers of products and services, professors and students attended the event.

The event had a design module and an environmental management system module that includes implementing green office polices. Explaining the business case for implementing these programs will be an important component of the workshop.  “Green office design and operation is backed by a strong business case when conducting activities in a resource and energy constrained world” emphasized Steven Borncamp, President of the Romania Green Building Council.

Moreover, “creating greener workspaces is about thinking and planning more, saving money, and increasing employee health and productivity. There are very short payback periods and minimal differences in upfront investments and significant competitive advantages if green initiatives are done wisely”, continued Steve.

No matter if it’s a larger or smaller office, there are ways in which it can become more efficient, more environmentally friendly, healthier for the employees and less costly to operate. There are several aspects that need to be considered in order to have a green office: from the architects and engineers teams, to the flexible use of space, the efficient consumption of water and energy, materials and resources, the inside air quality, transportation, the sustainable behavior of the employees, etc.

Creating Greener Workspaces

The trainers also offered the simple measures that can be implemented in any office, including:

  • Paper consumption: avoid printing or print double-sided, more pages per sheet; use of recycled or environmental certified paper
  • Heating & cooling energy consumption: lowering the temperature in a room by 1ºC saves 5% of heating energy; avoid placing furniture in front of the radiators; use of air conditioning with timer
  • Electric energy consumption: use of energy saving bulbs; switching lights off when possible;use of energy saving settings for appliances; avoid using the “stand by” mode
  • Purchases: careful selection of the products and services suppliers, appliances, office utensils, equipment, furniture, gifts, materials, accommodation, trips, etc.
  • Waste sorting and recycling – defining and giving good instructions is an essential component
  • Transportation: reduce the environmental impact of transport by using long distance communication techniques, favoring public transportation, driving in an economic way, driving cars with low fuel consumption, etc.
  • The attendance of representatives from companies activating in various sectors, as well as the discussions among participants illustrated the involvement and the preoccupations of the industry in sustainability and ecology.

The event ended with a networking cocktail meant to facilitate the interaction and the collaboration among the workshop participants and the RoGBC members.

Steven Borncamp – President, Romania Green Building Council
Helka Julkunen – Green Office Manager, WWF Finland

Romania Green Building Council (RoGBC) is a non-profit, non-political association of businesses encouraging the market, educational, and legislative conditions necessary to promote high performance construction that is both environmentally responsible and profitable. The RoGBC is accredited as an “Emerging Council” with the World Green Building Council.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the world’s largest and most effective environmental organizations, whose mission is to stop the degradation of the natural environment, by conserving the biological diversity, by promoting sustainable use of renewable natural resources, reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. In 1997, WWF Finland developed the Green Office, a simple and light environmental management system. More than 20,200 office employees are currently involved in the program.

Event organized with additional support from:
Amcham Romania
Orange Concept Store

Online Training Video: Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

April 10, 2009 at 11:26 am | Posted in Events, Training | 1 Comment
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We are pleased to announce that videos from our training on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive are now available online. The presentations are in Romanian, with subtitles in English.

How to get an A rating on the Energy Performance Certificates?” was held in October 2008. It was a training event dedicated to explaining the most important aspects to be considered to score the highest rating on the energy performance certificates in the European Union’s mandatory Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).The presentations covered: definitions and benchmarks in a building energy performance certificate, energy saving measures (insulation, architecture and vicinity passive solutions, traditional and unconventional heating systems, lighting, ventilation and air conditioning, etc), case studies.

To view the presentations, go to www.RoGBC.org, Watch Green Videos section.

Training for companies on how to apply for EU Funds

December 3, 2008 at 1:11 pm | Posted in General, Training | 2 Comments
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We have come across an interesting opportunity to get free consultancy and training in how to apply for EU Structural Funds. We’ve checked it out and can assure you there are no catches or hidden costs.  It comes from a Phare project at the Ministry of Finance which needs to help companies apply for these funds.

There will be two “INFO DAYS” held on the 9th and 11th of December and this would be a good opportunity to find out more.  If you’re interested you should follow the link below and fill in the application form.

The Structural Fund in question is called Increasing Economic Competitiveness and is designed to help Romanian companies become more competitive in the EU.  They do this by reimbursing companies with about 50% of agreed investments in productive or IT equipment, up to 5,560,000 RON, as well as associated costs such as dedicated buildings and training.

The fund is aimed at medium and large enterprises which are in profit and are planning to make investments in manufacturing (priority axis 1) or IT equipment (axis 2) or renewable energy and energy efficiency (axis 4).  Any sized company can apply for funds for IT equipment.  If you look on this website — http://amposcce.minind.ro/ — and see the left hand menu you can find out more about each axis.

The application process for the free consultancy and training (and INFO DAYS) is rather simple. All you need to do is log onto this website — http://www.ieca.ro/info.html — and fill in the questionnaire.  You can also see the training schedule there, and I know they’re planning some activities in December.  We spoke to one of the consultants working on this project and he said they’re looking for companies which have a well developed project idea, which they want to help develop into a complete SF application.


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