MobiliseSME Exchange Series: Supporting Sustainable Building Design in UK and Romania

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

This article is part of a series dedicated to the exchanges of employees between SMEs via the MobiliseSME program. This week we were joined by Tudor Iuga, a sustainability consultant who supports companies that help clients to design, build, and assess sustainable buildings, ie. the ones built with construction practices that safeguard air, water, and earth by increasing the efficiency with which they use resources, and that minimize harmful effects on human health and on the environment for the entire life-cycle of a building.

Tudor, who normally works at his own company MINIMIT in Romania, worked for a month at Renewable Environmental Services Ltd. (RES Design), a consultancy in the UK which provides clients tailor made strategies and support to obtain a high sustainability level for their buildings.

Mr Iuga with his colleagues during his last day at the RES Office.

 

Hello Tudor, thank you for joining us. Tell us, how did you learn about MobiliseSME?

I first learned about MobiliseSME when I saw a post on the social media channels of PTIR, the MobiliseSME partner in Romania. I immediately thought of it as an opportunity to learn something new about practices in my industry. I was collaborating with Romanian and French specialists in sustainable building design to improve the systems of our work and I wanted to see what I could learn about similar procedures in other countries.

How did you find a partner for your exchange? 

I started with the idea that I was looking to partner up with a renowned company in my sector that had a strong reputation based on numerous successful projects. I had been in touch in the past with RES Design and I knew that their awards winning team fit the bill perfectly. So I contacted and invited them to register on the MobiliseSME Matchmaking Platform and to host me for a one month exchange. They gladly accepted.

What was the common goal of the exchange? What did you and your host expect to get out of it?

The exchange had a twofold goal: on one hand I wanted to learn new techniques and approaches from their expertise and on the other hand my host felt that my experience and skills could help them optimise some of their procedures.

We also considered the exchange a good way to see if our work methodology was compatible and I am happy to say we are now considering future collaborations.

What was the main element of your training during the exchange?

What struck me the most at the work I did in London was the level of attention I was trained to give to even the tiniest of detail and the very fast response time at which the work was taking place. Overall I learned that it’s better to focus on these details very early on in the project, because a good starting strategy can significantly reduce the risks, hassle and costs during the next stages.

Anything else you would like to say about your experience?

When I was a student I joined the Erasmus program twice: once for study and once for an internship. Moreover, before starting my company, I also participated in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs and I have now participated in a MobiliseSME exchange.

Looking back, I really feel that a cross-border exchange program for SMEs was the only missing link and I think it would be great if it becomes a permanent program of the EU.

If you also want to participate in the program, register now on the MobiliseSME Matchmaking Platform!

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