Green Building Standards Adopted By Israel

What LEED is to the U.S., Standard 5281 will now be to Israel, as the country’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and Standards Institution has announced the launch of a new national green building standard. This new standard is in line with advanced international standards, but adapted to Israel’s climatic conditions and construction methods.

These new standards include five quality levels ranging from one star to five stars, based on a project’s water conservation and recycling strategies, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality. Buildings will also be ranked based on how they treat energy, land, water, building materials, waste, transport, construction site management and innovation overall.

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The standard relates to homes/apartments, offices, educational buildings, tourism, health facilities, commerce and public assembly buildings, including both new construction and buildings undergoing renovation.

To get the ball rolling, the government has begun to implement the standard in different sectors, including new government buildings through the Government Housing Administration and through various pilot projects. The standards will also be promoted to the public at large through an informational campaign highlighting — among other things — that families living in green buildings can expect to save thousands of shekels a year.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.