The differences between green certifications of buildings and home appliances will fade in time, said Razvan Nica, the owner of Buildgreen in an interview with BR.
First green certified Romanian building was ECDC’s and Alex van Breeman’s Eurotower, 18,000 sqm in Bucharest city center, Eurotower, back in 2009. The second was Lakeview of AIG Lincoln.
Green certificates measures carbon footprint, energy efficiency which means about 40 percent of the final report. They also evaluate the level of pollution generated by the building, drainage and water treatment systems, management of the project and the course of building development.
”Large developers already have a certification system that goes along with development of their projects, it is not a problem for them, green certification has already become a standard,” Razvan Nica told BR.
According to Nica, in the future there will not be a big difference between the energy certification of an office or dwelling rather than household appliances. Category B, A, AA, AAA or AAA +. This will be the differentiator.
”Usually tenants do not know exactly what certification means. But they ask for it because it is necessary and its quality can be a differentiator. What will be known is that the better certification, the more useful. Especially because they are not like energy certificates, they are not easy to obtain,” Nica explains.
The Romanian consultant thinks that there is no difference between quality of construction in Romania compared with other European countries. There are serious restrictions, the documentation is verified by a UK or US third party who can intervene and is normal to o it.
”Okay, I can be fooled by my client, but it does not go over the final check,” Buildgreen’s owner explains.
First certified residential project
On the residential market things are new. BREEAM, the British certified launched a scheme for homes only in 2016. And, the first Romanian residential project which has green certifying in progress is Impact’s Luxuria Residence, in Bucharest.
One United Properties, on the other hand, uses Romanian Green Building Council (RoGBC) system – Green Homes to certify their residential projects. The RoGBC green certification system was launched in 2014 and was for several years the only option for developers who wanted to develop a residential project with a green certification.
”There are also individuals, tenants, for example, who know what certification means and ask for it. BREEAM has just launched in 2016 a scheme for the residential market. That’s why many projects did not have certifications. Only now, with a valid scheme, things will change. I think there will be more projects certified in the close future, because this is a trend,” Nica said.
And British and American certification schemes will not be replaced soon.
„There is a system initiated by the Germans, DGMB, appeared in 2010-2012, but it is typical German, very rigid and does not penetrate the market. The initial British system is stepped up, very well thought out. It has imposed some minimum thresholds, which also take into account the economic option, the costs, and once fulfilled makes you move one step ahead,” concludes the consultant.