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The Municipality Awards…

September 10, 2008by sfykActivities

ANATOLI – Tuesday October 9, 2008 The Municipality of Aghios Nikolaos Awards Citizens: George Klontzas and Europlan Real Estate Developers

Presentation at the Municipality of Aghios Nikolaos

August 10, 2008by sfykActivities

Presentation at the Municipality of Aghios Nikolaos to Europlan in honour of their award from the CNBC Europe & Africa Property Awards 2008. Click here to view video.

Sunny Days for Solar Homes

July 8, 2008by sfykActivities

The Wall Street Journal 07 Aug 2008 04:03 GMT Sunny days for solar homes — European subsidies spur business boom; selling back to grid —- By Emma Charlton London — HIGH OIL and gas prices have made residential solar energy more economical, sparking a jump in European demand. With the price of crude oil up 64% from a year ago, Germany, France and other European governments are underwriting the shift to solar by allowing consumers to sell the energy they produce using photovoltaic cells — which convert sunlight directly into electricity — to the national grid at a profit. “It’s a clear trend. People are trying to get away from using oil and gas, where prices have risen a lot,” said Uwe Trenkner, secretary general of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, or Estif. He estimated that the European market for solar thermal technology will expand by 20% to 30% this year as residential demand for solar panels grows. Solar-power companies have taken note. China-based Suntech Power Holdings Co., the world’s biggest maker of photovoltaic panels by revenue, said it plans to double production in 2009 from 2008. Germany’s Q-Cells AG plans to increase production of solar cells by more than 60% by 2010. Continental European governments have been pushing hard to increase solar technology use. Germany has seen a sharp rise in the use of solar energy since the government introduced subsidy plans in the late 1990s. The country represents more than a third of the European solar thermal market and is still growing at a rapid pace, adding 33% in sales in the first four months of 2008, according to Estif estimates. German solar-industry association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft expects the sector’s sales in Germany alone to almost double by 2010, rising to more than 13 billion euros ($20 billion) from about 7 billion euros in 2007. The government’s enthusiastic backing of the industry has resulted in Germany’s producers claiming 20% of the global solar market, behind China and Japan. The success of Germany’s subsidy system has prompted other governments to follow suit, with France, Greece, Italy and Spain allowing consumers to sell power to the national grid. Under these programs, commercial and residential consumers can sell the electricity they generate for about 40 to 50 European cents per unit, double what they pay for it, pocketing the difference. Matthias Fawer, a sustainable-investment analyst at Bank Sarasin, said such programs will bolster the European solar industry in coming years, with Spain set to be the biggest growing market in 2008 as solar thermal technology becomes compulsory in new buildings. In Greece, which boasts 274 sunny days per year on average, the solar-energy market is booming and the country expects to expand its 10% share of the European market rapidly in the coming years. George Gounalakis, a Greek property developer and a director of Europlan-Crete, includes solar panels in all plans for new homes. He said they will allow homeowners to reduce their energy bill by at least 20% in the summer and 10% in the winter. “Before, the solar panel would only last for four to five years. Now you can have the same panel for more than 20 years and they generate hot water very, very quickly,” he said. There is eight times as much residential and commercial capacity to produce solar energy in Europe as in the U.S., according to estimates from Swiss private banking group Bank Sarasin. Soaring energy prices are driving the shift. In the 15 countries sharing the euro, energy prices were 16% higher in June than they were in the corresponding month last year, according to European Union statistics agency Eurostat. In Italy, Bank Sarasin predicts that solar production will increase by more than 70% in 2008 from last year. “Italy now has an attractive subsidy system linked with nice sunshine, and consumers can profit from adopting the technology,” Mr. Fawer said. He predicts the French market will also double in 2008, albeit from a low level. In the U.K., the government grants help with the cost of solar installation, but there is no national tariff system. Still, Oliver Duckworth, a director of U.K.-based Solar Thermal Ltd., a retailer of solar-thermal and biomass heating systems, said sales have doubled since the start of 2008, and the company exceeded last year’s entire turnover by the half-year point. “It’s not just the ‘green brigade’ ringing up anymore. It’s anyone, just people who want to save money in the time of rising fossil-fuel prices,” he said. “It’s very much driven by the oil price.” U.K. energy providers this summer raised gas prices by as much as 35% and electricity prices by as much as 17%. A report from Centrica — the U.K.’s largest utility by customers — predicts the average U.K. gas bill will average GBP 1,000, or nearly $2,000 at current exchange rates, per year by 2010, up from GBP 600 in 2007. Richard White, a 52-year-old information-technology manager from Stroud in Gloucestershire, installed a solar-tubing system to heat water this year for GBP 2,099 and expects the system to pay itself off. “It’s already successful,” he said. “We get 100% of household hot water on sunny days, 90% on overcast days and we expect to get 20% in winter.” Mr. White said he plans to explore using other environmentally friendly technologies such as photovoltaic cells and ground-source heat pumps.

International Reward for Europlan

July 3, 2008by sfykActivities

International Reward for Europlan
Thursday July 3, 2008

Διεθνές βραβείο για τη Europlan

Πέμπτη, 03 Ιούλιος 2008 07:42 διαχειριστής  

ΜΟΛΙΣ ανακοινώθηκαν τα αποτελέσματα του CNBC Ευρώπης & Αφρικής σχετικά με τα Βραβεία Ιδιοκτησίας 2008 και η Europlan Real Estate Developers ανακοινώνει με ιδιαίτερη χαρά ότι κέρδισε το βραβείο στην κατηγορία «Καλύτερη Αρχιτεκτονική στην Ελλάδα (ανεξάρτητη μονάδα – κατοικία)».

Το βραβείο θα απονεμηθεί σε μια εντυπωσιακή δεξίωση η οποία θα λάβει χώρα στο ξενοδοχείο Sheraton Park Lane Hotel στο Λονδίνο στις 27 Σεπτεμβρίου. Το γεγονός ότι η Europlan Real Estate Developers κέρδισε ένα από τα πολυπόθητα βραβεία είναι σίγουρα η απόδειξη ότι η Κρήτη και φυσικά η Ελλάδα δεν μπορούν μόνο να συμμετέχουν σε διαγωνισμούς αλλά και να θριαμβεύουν μέσα στην υψηλά ανταγωνιστική αρένα των ιδιοκτησιών στην Ευρώπη και στην Αφρική. Αφού έλαβε αυτό το υψηλό προνόμιο από τους ομότιμούς της, η εταιρεία κατέχει τώρα το δικαίωμα να φέρει με υπερηφάνεια το λογότυπο της CNBC Europe & Africa Property Awards. Αυτό το σύμβολο υπεροχής θα αναγνωρισθεί και θα εκτιμηθεί από το κοινό, το οποίο πληροφορείται ολοένα και περισσότερο σωστά και παρατηρεί ξεκάθαρα όσον αφορά τις ιδιοκτησίες που αναζητεί να αγοράσει.

Οι υποψήφιοι για το βραβείο κρίθηκαν από μια επιτροπή επαγγελματιών της οποίας η συλλογική γνώση όσον αφορά τη βιομηχανία της ιδιοκτησίας είναι ανεπανάληπτη και ανυπέρβλητη σε σχέση με οποιοδήποτε άλλο βραβείο ιδιοκτησίας. Με πρόεδρο τον Eric Pickles, Αναπληρωματικός Γραμματέας του Βρετανικού Κράτους, ένας από τους φετινούς κριτές ήταν η Helen Shield – αρχισυντάκτρια του περιοδικού International Homes ,ο Peter Bolton King – διευθύνων σύμβουλος της National Association of Estate Agents (Εθνικού Συλλόγου Κτηματομεσιτών) , ο Phil Spencer – ειδικός ιδιοκτησίας και παρουσιαστής τηλεοπτικών εκπομπών σχετικά με ιδιοκτησίες Location and Relocation στο 4ο Τηλεοπτικό Πρόγραμμα, ο Imtiaz Farookhi – διευθύνων σύμβουλος στο Εθνικό Συμβούλιο Κατασκευής Οικιών, ο Christopher Hall – πρώην πρόεδρος του Εθνικού Συλλόγου Κτηματομεσιτών, ο Thijis Staff – Διεθνής Συνεταιρισμός του Συλλόγου Μεσιτικών Γραφείων (ICREA), ο Alejandro Escurdero – SIMA, ο Kirkor Ajderhanyan – Γαλλική Ομοσπονδία Μεσιτικών Γραφείων (FNAIM), ο Graham Norwood της Daily Mail, ο David Hoppit, συγγραφέας σχετικά με ιδιοκτησίες, ο Jill Keene – εκδότης του περιοδικού International Homes, η Diana Yakely – προϊστάμενος του Βρετανικού Συλλόγου Εσωτερικού Σχεδιασμού και ο Tad Zurlinden, Σύλλογος Μετεγκατάστασης Επαγγελματιών.
Ο κ. Γεώργιος Γουναλάκης, κύριος μέτοχος και Πολιτικός Μηχανικός της Europlan Real Estate Developers είπε αναφορικά με το βραβείο: «Με πάνω από 10 χρόνια εμπειρίας στην κατασκευαστική βιομηχανία της Κρήτης, νιώθουμε υπερήφανοι με την απονομή αυτού του πολύτιμου βραβείου Καλύτερης Αρχιτεκτονικής στην Ελλάδα. Είχαμε την τιμή να εργαστούμε με πολλούς πελάτες από το εξωτερικό αλλά και από το εσωτερικό και ο κάθε ένας μας έδωσε την ευκαιρία να σχεδιάσουμε και να χτίσουμε πραγματικά μοναδικές κατασκευές στην όμορφη περιοχή της Ανατολικής Κρήτης αλλά πραγματικά η επιτυχία μας μετριέται σύμφωνα με την ικανοποίηση των πελατών μας.»—–europlan.html

Europlan wins Best Architecture Greece..

July 2, 2008by sfykActivities





The results of the CNBC Europe & Africa Property Awards 2008 have just been revealed and Europlan Real Estate Developers is delighted to announce that it has won an award in the category of Best Architecture Greece (single unit). The award will be presented at a glittering gala dinner to be held at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in London on 27th September.


The fact that Europlan Real Estate Developers earned one of these coveted awards is sure proof that Crete, Greece cannot only compete but also triumph within the highly competitive Europe & Africa property arena. Having been given this high recommendation by its peers, the company is now entitled to display the CNBC Europe & Africa Property Awards’ logo with pride. This symbol of excellence will be recognised and appreciated by the public who are becoming increasingly well informed and discerning about the properties they seek to buy.


Entries were judged by a panel of professionals whose collective knowledge of the property industry is second to none and unsurpassed by any other property awards. Chaired by Eric Pickles, British Shadow Secretary of State, this year’s judges included Helen Shield, editor-in-chief of International Homes magazine; Peter Bolton King, chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents; Phil Spencer, property expert and presenter of Channel 4’s Location and Relocation TV shows; Imtiaz Farookhi, chief executive of the National House Building Council; Christopher Hall, past president National Association of Estate Agents; Thijis Staff, International Consortium of Real Estate Agents Association (ICREA); Alejandro Escurdero, SIMA; Kirkor Ajderhanyan, French Real Estate Federation (FNAIM); Graham Norwood of the Daily Mail; David Hoppit, property writer; Jill Keene, editor of International Homes magazine; Diana Yakely, chairman British Interior Design Association; and Tad Zurlinden, Association of Relocation Professionals.


George Gounalakis, Senior Partner and Civil Engineer of Europlan Real Estate Developers said of the award, “With over 10 years of experience in the construction industry in Crete, we take great pride in accepting this prestigious award of Best Architecture in Greece.  We have had the honour to work with many international and local clients, each giving us the opportunity to design and built truly unique constructions in the beautiful area of Eastern Crete.  But truly, our success is measured, by the satisfaction of our customers.”

View details of winning Villa in Elounda, Crete

View CNBC Europe & Africa Property Awards 2008


City News Magazine Summer 2008

July 1, 2008by sfykActivities

Europlan advertisement in the Summer 2008 issue of Aghios Nikolaos’ City-News Magazine

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