The General Council of the City of Bucharest (CGMB) has produced a draft resolution – currently under public debate until May 24 – that, if adopted, would oblige Bucharest residents to repair the degraded facades of their properties. The exceptions to the rule will be the buildings falling under the first category of seismic risk, buildings that have been / are being renovated for energy efficiency purposes at the date of the entry into force of the regulation and the buildings and ensembles of buildings that are either classified or in process of being classified as historic monuments.
According to the document quoted, the colour range of the facades in protected built areas will be consistent with the specificity of each area, while for the renovation of the facades of buildings situated in unprotected areas light neutral colours in the category white, yellow, grey or beige – will be used. Any strong colour may only be used as an exception and as a completion on reduced areas, on distinct volumetric elements of the facade. The first buildings that should enter the process of renovation are those in mainly central areas: Lascar Catargiu, Carol, Pache Protopopescu, Magheru, Nicolae Balcescu, I.C. Bratianu, Regina Elisabeta and Mihail Kogalniceanu Boulevards, as well as Calea Victoriei. In what regards the financing, in a majority of cases the owners will pay for everything. Local authorities may fund such works from the annually approved local budget allocation in exceptional circumstances. Owners’ failure to fulfil their obligations will be punished by fines from RON 1,000 to RON 8,000. In the context we remind that the proposal is actually not a premiere in Bucharest. Three years ago, the Minister of Regional Development and Tourism, Elena Udrea, proposed the renovation of facades in a draft law introducing measures for improving the architectural quality of constructions.
Streets to be cleaned at night
Another CGMB project under debate says Bucharest streets shall be washed at night, from 22h to 6h. The measure has been considered because the Bucharest Environment Agency have realised that the eight air quality monitoring stations in Bucharest report dust suspensions above limit at around 2 o’clock in the afternoon. For that reason, municipal sanitation operators in every district of the capital will have the obligation to wash, with machines and manually, the streets and sidewalks with pressure water jet. Bucharest Environment Agency data shows that, from 2008 to 2012, the concentration of dust in suspension was exceeded at all eight air monitoring stations. European norms say dust powders in suspension may not exceed 50 micrograms/ sq m in 24 hours. This value may not be exceeded more than 35 times in a calendar year, according to European norms in the area of air pollution.In Bucharest, on the other hand, the admissible limit of powders in suspension was exceeded more than 89 times in a year at all eight air quality monitoring stations. Also on environmental protection, the Bucharest Municipality proposes another project under which those organising construction worksites must wash the street where the worksite is located on a daily basis or as many times as needed, Those who fail to do so will be sanctioned as follows: fines between RON 1,000 and 3,000, individual persons and from RON 3,000 to 5,000, legal entities. Bucharest local councillors have also proposed a third project concerning the protection of the environment in the capital. According to it, land owners are obliged to enclose, sanitise their properties, cultivate them with grass and take hygiene measures. Those who do not respect the new regulations will face a fine from RON 2,000 to 5,000 – individual persons and RON 3,000 to 5,000 – legal entities.