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financial viability of Europe's new and existing housing stock. Romania Green Building Council (RoGBC) promotes environmental responsibility and energy efficiency in the Design, Construction, Operation and Deconstruction of Romania's built environment. Its newest project SMARTER Finance for Families, has received funding under the EU’s Horizon 2020 program and has qualified among the top 3 finalists in the “Leadership” category of the 2019 EU Sustainable Energy Week Awards. SMARTER Finance for Families implements ambitious but practical Green Homes & Green Mortgage solutions in 12 European countries. This is made possible via the collaboration and participation of 17 expert teams in green building, green energy and green research, from Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine. The project uses Green Homes certifications to assess and recognize top performance in residential projects that incorporate sustainable construction principles. Evidence from financial and technical modeling has proven that investing in energy efficiency and other green building attributes for homes: • Improves housing quality; • Reduces the total monthly cost of ownership for the homeowner; • Increases sales prices for the project developer/investor and substantially; • Reduces substantial financial risk for the partner banks; The local Green Homes program in Romania includes over 25 projects and 6.500 housing units already certified or

Congratulations Simona Halep!


ur entire OZB editorial team rooted for Simona Halep on July 13, and the entire country let out a loud cheer for the newest Wimbledon Champion for ladies’ singles. In the 55 minute-match, Simona won (6-2,6-2) against 7-time Wimbledon champion, American Serena Williams.

currently in the certification process “Through the SMARTER Finance For Families project we bring an innovative and systemic solution to a systemic problem. We are creating significant opportunities for the finance and building industry to deliver the green performance we need for Europe’s citizens and their homes.” - said Steven Borncamp, Project Director at SMARTER. In addition to improving citizens’ lives, the program also addresses the needs of residential project developers, financial institutions offering residential mortgages, and investors and companies offering services, products, materials, technologies and other solutions that are key to the construction and operation of green, energy-efficient residential properties. Simona, 27, is Romania’s first Wimbledon’s Singles Champion. Her wish, right after the big win, was that more Romanian children started playing tennis. A national role-model, the caliber of Nadia Comaneci and Gica Hagi, Simona’s power to inspire Romanian youth can catalyze great changes in our young generation, from 10-year-olds to young adults. As it was once said by Count de Saint-Aulaire about Ionel Bratianu, a 7-time minister of Romania and one of the best political leaders our country ever had: “Small countries are destined to have great people.”

Representatives from the national and local government, associations promoting environmental protection, energy efficiency and/or better housing, as well as anyone else interested are invited to find out more about how this program creates new funding opportunities for green homes, while actively improving building standards in the participating countries. •

For more details you can check

Thank you for your greatness, Simona!

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Profile for Douglas Williams

OZB Magazine July/August 2019  

Romanian magazine in English published monthly and distributed across a wide range of Bucharest based shops, cafes and restaurants.

OZB Magazine July/August 2019  

Romanian magazine in English published monthly and distributed across a wide range of Bucharest based shops, cafes and restaurants.