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BRE and in particular BREEAM have long standing relationships with the Romanian construction industry; especially with respect to sustainability and energy use in buildings. I have supported the Romanian Energy Performance of Buildings Conference (RCEPB) since 2013. It is a multi-disciplinary international conference having, this year,  as main topics:

  • Implementation progress of the EU Directives 2010/31/EU, 2006/32/EU, 2009/28/EC, 2012/27/EU etc;
  • Policies, programs and funding sources to achieve the 20/20/20 targets;
  • Sustainable solutions for energy efficient buildings: passive houses, nearly zero-energy buildings and green buildings (optimal-cost method);
  • Energy certification and auditing: demand versus offer, services quality, impact on the real estate market, energy auditors issues and solutions (round table with representatives from ministries and professional associations);
  • Case studies of energetic sustainability of the urban development.

I am presenting at RECPB 2018 on the “The Value of sustainability” and “Designing The “Mind the Gap” project – Investigating the difference, in performance, between design and the building “in-use” “.

The value of sustainability paper presents the business case and value gained by being sustainable and how certification gives credibility to process and performance of portfolios and buildings.

The second  paper introduces the performance gap; describes the “Mind the Gap” project and its methodology; and presents some initial data and findings.

Join me on 7 June in Bucharest, Romania to discuss solutions for a sustainable built environment.



Andy Lewry
About the Author
I am a chartered engineer and scientist; and an expert in Carbon and Energy Management with 19 years varied technical, marketing and management experience preceded by a further 10 years similar experience within various parts of the Environmental and Construction Sectors. I also have in-depth knowledge of sustainability issues including BREEAM, Home Quality Mark, ISO 14001 and 50001. In addition to being a Fellow of both the Institute of Materials (IOM3) and the Energy Managers Association I have qualified as a project manager at Practitioner level for Prince 2 and Agile. Over the last 10 years, I have had a leading role in investigating the “performance gap” – why buildings do not meet their design expectations in operation. I’m also qualified at Building Information Management (BIM) Level 2 as a certified BIM Informed Profession.

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