On February 28th, 2018, the Association of Real Estate Investors (AREI) and energynomics.ro organized an Energy Business Breakfast Club event focused on ‘’Smart Buildings – what do we need to have more’’.

The event gathered more than 60 participants, representatives from the real estate companies, experts from related industries – IT&C, energy, banking etc., and representatives of relevant public authorities.

Ms. Antoanela Comsa, the AREI Board President and CEO Gran Via, participated as one the speakers in the first discussion panel and delivered a presentation focused on the evolution of the smart buildings concept, emphasizing that currently it implies primarily the quality management system in constructions. She also elaborated on the types of buildings eligible to be classified as Smart Buildings and spoke about their advantages such as, the costs for maintenance in terms of operation and energy. Additionally, AREI President touched upon the role of banking institutions which should support and provide access to financing for the projects focused on smart buildings development. She equally added, that the efficient implementation of the smart buildings concept depends largely on strengthening cooperation between tech solutions providers and the real estate developers.