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Romania's Greenest Buildings

Date: 04/01/2013
Thursday March 28th, the Romania Green Building Council (RoGBC) in partnership with NAI Romania, launched the "Romania's Greenest Buildings" report to over 120 participants in the Crystal Tower Building.

The event's purpose was to identify and celebrate the success of the existing and pipeline green building projects in Romania, open a forum for discussion for an open source tool kit for Romania's municipalities to understand and implement fiscal incentives to promote green jobs and greener buildings, and launch a comprehensive report on "The Business Case for Green Buildings". The event opened with Mr. Ion Bradu showing support for the event in his role as President of the District 1 Bucharest's City Council.


Romania's Greenest Buildings campaign

In launching the campaign and 2013 report, Steven Borncamp, President of the RoGBC, explained: "We have tailored an initiative to provide and urgent economic stimulus, create green jobs, and dramatically improve the energy and environmental performance of our buildings; all while being revenue neutral or revenue positive for Romania's municipalities".



The RoGBC's Mihaela Nicolau introduced the platform Construction21.eu (www.Construction21.eu/Romania) as a tool for collecting the data in this campaign. The Romania's Greenest Buildings Campaign consists of continuous research and the report is to be completed along the way.



Andrei Botiș, Managing Partner of NAI Romania and leader of the research team engaged by RoGBC, declared: "RoGBC proved once again to be a resonant voice in promoting green buildings in Romania, through the legislative measures proposed to reduce property taxes and also through the launch of the 'Romania's Greenest buildings' report. As research partners in this campaign, we are very glad we could add a brick on the well-established foundation of RoGBC".

The event continued with Mr. Eugen Goldhammer's presentation about The Prispa House, also included in the report as a case study, as an example of best practices from a team of talented students who represented Romania in the first Solar Decathlon competition in 2012; and with Cristina Șiu's explanation regarding the difference between this report and the Gala of the "Romania Green Building Council Awards", organized yearly by the association. This year's Gala will take place on May 9th, 2013, and projects may be entered in the competition through the Construction21.eu platform.

Building tax reduction for Green Buildings

Lawyer Luiza Manolea with Steven Borncamp, presented on behalf of RoGBC a proposal for a legislative guide aimed at recognizing achievements in green building tax reduction for green building owners. "The RoGBC initiative to propose property tax reduction as a mechanism to promote green building is based on : the results of the report "Measures to attract investment in local green buildings", which indicates the property tax reduction or exemption for a period of time, as forefront among the most relevant and easy to implement measures for encouraging the development of energy efficient buildings by public authorities, on the existing legislative framework regarding establishing property tax by local decisions, but within the limits set at national level on the Fiscal Code." declared Luiza Manolea.

The Business Case for Green Building

In the last part of the conference Steven Borncamp and Jukka Parkkamaki, business development manager SKANSKA Romania, presented a report from World Green Building Council discussing the general framework for promoting green buildings including the costs and benefits for developers, investors and occupants.

Romania's Greenest Buildings

Thursday March 28th, the Romania Green Building Council (RoGBC) in partnership with NAI Romania, launched the "Romania's Greenest Buildings" report to over 120 participants in the Crystal Tower Building.

The event's purpose was to identify and celebrate the success of the existing and pipeline green building projects in Romania, open a forum for discussion for an open source tool kit for Romania's municipalities to understand and implement fiscal incentives to promote green jobs and greener buildings, and launch a comprehensive report on "The Business Case for Green Buildings". The event opened with Mr. Ion Bradu showing support for the event in his role as President of the District 1 Bucharest's City Council.

Romania's Greenest Buildings campaign

In launching the campaign and 2013 report, Steven Borncamp, President of the RoGBC, explained: "We have tailored an initiative to provide and urgent economic stimulus, create green jobs, and dramatically improve the energy and environmental performance of our buildings; all while being revenue neutral or revenue positive for Romania's municipalities".

The RoGBC's Mihaela Nicolau introduced the platform Construction21.eu (www.Construction21.eu/Romania) as a tool for collecting the data in this campaign. The Romania's Greenest Buildings Campaign consists of continuous research and the report is to be completed along the way.

Andrei Botiș, Managing Partner of NAI Romania and leader of the research team engaged by RoGBC, declared: "RoGBC proved once again to be a resonant voice in promoting green buildings in Romania, through the legislative measures proposed to reduce property taxes and also through the launch of the 'Romania's Greenest buildings' report. As research partners in this campaign, we are very glad we could add a brick on the well-established foundation of RoGBC".

The event continued with Mr. Eugen Goldhammer's presentation about The Prispa House, also included in the report as a case study, as an example of best practices from a team of talented students who represented Romania in the first Solar Decathlon competition in 2012; and with Cristina Șiu's explanation regarding the difference between this report and the Gala of the "Romania Green Building Council Awards", organized yearly by the association. This year's Gala will take place on May 9th, 2013, and projects may be entered in the competition through the Construction21.eu platform.

Building tax reduction for Green Buildings

Lawyer Luiza Manolea with Steven Borncamp, presented on behalf of RoGBC a proposal for a legislative guide aimed at recognizing achievements in green building tax reduction for green building owners. "The RoGBC initiative to propose property tax reduction as a mechanism to promote green building is based on : the results of the report "Measures to attract investment in local green buildings", which indicates the property tax reduction or exemption for a period of time, as forefront among the most relevant and easy to implement measures for encouraging the development of energy efficient buildings by public authorities, on the existing legislative framework regarding establishing property tax by local decisions, but within the limits set at national level on the Fiscal Code." declared Luiza Manolea.

The Business Case for Green Building

In the last part of the conference Steven Borncamp and Jukka Parkkamaki, business development manager SKANSKA Romania, presented a report from World Green Building Council discussing the general framework for promoting green buildings including the costs and benefits for developers, investors and occupants.

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