Romania Green Building Council, Build Upon project launch 10 recommendations for National Renovation Strategy in Romania

Georgeta Gheorghe 06/03/2017 | 11:09

Following the European project Build Upon, Romania Green Building Council launches a set of 10 recommendations for Romania’s new National Renovation Strategy, that the Romanian Government should present to the European Commission by end of April 2017.

Assuming an ambitious building renovation strategy by the Romanian Government would benefit Romanians with significant economic, social, health and environmental benefits, the proponents of the recommendation say in a press release.

The 10 recommendations on which the National Renovation Strategy must focus address the following issues:

1. Treating Safety and Health in buildings as main parameters of measuring the quality of life, by eliminating people’s exposure to toxic materials, respect comfort parameters regarding temperature, humidity, oxygen and air quality, improve fire safety and ensure building resistance in case of earthquake.

2.Ensuring renovation works quality and creating defined legislation, stronger building codes and clear rules and precise criteria for energy efficient and green renovations.

3. Creating a public, independent, non-political body to test building materials compliance with the technical specification sheet.

4. Supporting vulnerable citizens to energy poverty, by prioritizing costs reductions through energy, repair and health savings.

5. Incentives from the government for deep green renovations in the private sector.

6. Launching innovative financial tools, such as supporting green loans and green mortgages and mobilizing private funds, mobilizing private funds, by creating a legal frame for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs).

7. Introduction of “circular economy” concept and requesting analysis over the entire life cycle of buildings.

8. Investing public funds in exemplary projects and implementing the highest standards for renovation of public buildings, making them examples of best practices that can be replicated.

9. Conducting national and local communication campaigns, to raise awareness about deep green renovation.

10. An inter-Ministerial, interdisciplinary and holistic approach of the issue, in line with the Sustainable Development, Climate Change strategy, the new National Energy Strategy of Romania, as well as partnerships at national and European level.

The recommendations following the Build Upon project come to encourage an ambitious commitment of the Romanian Government. Implementing the 10 recommendations would help market transformation, together with number of significant benefits, from reducing energy poverty, to increasing the quality of life, sustainable devolvement, the transition to a eco circular economy, to ensuring energy safety and helping the transition to Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs)”, Monica Ardeleanu, RoGBC Executive Director and Project Manager for Build Upon said.

Build Upon, “Co-creating Europe’s National Renovation Strategies”, a European project run by 13 Green Building Councils in Europe, is aimed at helping European countries design and implement strong, long-term national strategies for the renovation of their buildings. The project defined a set of recommendations for each country involved, as to help reach significant social benefits for European citizens: health benefits, safety, increased quality of living, affordable housing, sustainable development, new jobs, innovation, preservation of cultural patrimony, and social inclusion for current and future generations. The project enabled a series of public consultations involving more than 2000 stakeholders and organisations interested in sustainable building renovation and issued a set of recommendations for the national renovation strategies of countries involved.

The Romania Green Building Council (RoGBC) is a non-profit, non-political association of the country’s leading green building investors and solution providers.

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