The price of construction materials, which is increasing due to the health crisis, will lead to an increase in the price of real estate, and the labor force in the construction sector must be supported as it becomes decisive in the conditions in which we intend to have renovated by 2030 at least 30%. from buildings in Romania, said USR deputy Oana Ozmen, at the second edition of the conference “nZEB Standards – Energy Efficiency and Construction Materials”.
According to the deputy, Romania imports over 70% of construction materials, and in the context of renovating buildings with money from PNRR there is a risk that the percentage of public buildings, schools, hospitals will be significantly reduced.
The conference “nZEB Standards – Energy Efficiency and Building Materials” was organized by USR deputy Oana-Marciana Özmen, secretary of the commission for industries and services, together with Anca Dragu, chairman of the Romanian Senate and deputy Sándor Bende, chairman of the committee for industries and services, took place today at the Palace of Parliament.
The discussions focused on solutions for the implementation of the reforms provided in the PNRR, on ways to attract and use European funds as efficiently as possible by local authorities and to expand the nZEB construction pilot projects.
“We intend to amend and supplement the relevant legislation on the categories of buildings and beneficiaries who qualify to enter the energy rehabilitation program of buildings. Each guest contributed to the coagulation of ideas and solutions, from each area of expertise, examples of good practices in the field were shared, problems were raised to which we will look for solutions and we will continue this constructive dialogue “, said Oana Ozmen .
“I want to bring problems and solutions to the same table, to discuss concretely how we can contribute with projects from a parliamentary perspective and to take them to the area of efficient implementation. I intend to build an awareness campaign among people on the need and benefits that energy efficiency of buildings can bring to their households, especially since our country has a large number of old buildings, “she added.
“Local authorities must already have clearly defined the standards that new investments must meet. It will not be easy, it is a great challenge for Eastern European countries that have both in the administration and in the inventory of residential buildings – old buildings, which require vision and a good knowledge of new standards to achieve energy efficiency. Plans must be devised to attract new investors to their areas, to bring to the attention of citizens the benefits of using environmentally friendly building materials and, in the medium and long term, of reducing energy consumption “, said MP Sándor Bende (UDMR) .
In her turn, Anca Dragu said: “USR is concerned with green policies and energy efficiency. In the conference organized by my colleague, Mrs. Oana Ozmen, we discussed European methods that we should assimilate at the legislative level so that Romania can start building more efficiently. Currently, at European level, about 75% of buildings are energy inefficient, and the energy renovation process comprises around 1% of buildings per year. Totally insufficient. For this purpose, the “Wave of Renovations” program was conceived, a program launched on October 14, last year, which means that the rate of rehabilitated buildings will double in the next 10 years, generating over 160 thousand jobs. At the level of our country, the “Wave of Renewal” is included in the PNRR, where 2.170 billion euros are allocated to it. It is planned to renovate 3500 buildings with a total of 6.5 million square meters of residential and public buildings.
The following spoke at this event: Oana-Marciana ÖZMEN, organizer, USR deputy, secretary of the Committee for Industries and Services – Chamber of Deputies, Anca Dana DRAGU, USR senator, President of the Senate, Sándor BENDE, UDMR deputy, chairman of the Committee on Industries and services – Chamber of Deputies, Virgil POPESCU, Acting Minister of Energy, Radu DUDĂU, EPG director and coordinator of the Efficient Romania project, HE Søren JENSEN, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Romania, István-Loránt ANTAL, Chairman of the Committee on Energy, Energy Infrastructure and Resources minerals – Senate, Christian PLATE, deputy Head of Mission – German Embassy, Ioan MANG, PSD deputy, vice-president of the Industries Commission, Alexandru MAXIMESCU, vice-president of OMV Petrom, Silvia DINICĂ, USR senator, president of the Economic, Industries and Services Commission – Senate, Neculai TĂNASE, Secretary of State – Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration, Süde GURCAN, Trade Attaché of the Turkish Embassy, Jurgen RAIZNER, Steinbeis Transferzentrum, Ost West Kooperationen, Horia PETRAN, President of the pRO-nZEB Cluster, Claudiu CREȚU, General Manager -Termoenergetica, Adriana IFTIME, Federation of Construction Employers’ Associations, Iuliana Exec Director Sector 6 City Hall, Raluca TEODOSIU, TUD Investment Consulting, Mihai TUDORANCEA, TUD Investment Consulting, Cătălin LUNGU, Romanian Association of Installation Engineers (Valahia branch), Emilia Cerna MLADIN, President of the Romanian Association of Energy Auditors for Buildings, Bogdan Constantin MUCEN Rockwool Romania, Mihail ȘTEFAN, Executive Director – ROMEPS. The moderator of the debate was Adrian MĂNIUȚIU, EM360.
The discussions also focused on the need to involve local authorities as key pillars in the efficient use of European funds for the benefit of their communities, on the need to increase the production of environmentally friendly building materials that meet the new nZEB standards. Discussions on these topics of great interest will continue in future editions.