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Green Building Design Competition: A First in Israel

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has launched a conceptual green building design competition. The competition follows the publication of Israel Standard 5281 for buildings with reduced environmental impact (green buildings). The standard, which was spearheaded by the Ministry of Environmental Protection within the framework of the Standards Institution of Israel, was approved in November 2005.

According to Mr. Nir Kedmi, head of the Economic Division in the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the purpose of the competition is to raise the awareness of architects, developers and consumers in Israel of the advantages of the new standard and to expose architects to the principles incorporated in the standard.

The competition for planning a green building in accordance with the criteria of the green building standard carries prizes in the sum of 100,000 shekels. It is aimed at registered architects and architecture students in Israel. Participants will be required to plan a residential building in the Tel Aviv area, adjacent to the seashore, an area which is representative, from a planning point of view, of many high demand areas in Israel.

Environmental Protection Minister Gidon Ezra has stated: "The building sector is one of the growth engines of modern economies. Building quality, including all components, depends first and foremost, on the professional capability and quality of the people working in this field and on the standards for implementation. The Green Building standard is an important component of the ministry's activities to protect natural resources and provide a suitable living environment, and implements, in practice, the government decision on sustainable development."

More about the Green Building Standard

The green building standard is a voluntary standard which is awarded to new or renovated residential and office buildings that comply with certain requirements and criteria in the fields of energy, water, land and other environmental subjects. More specifically, the standard deals with the energy efficiency of a structure and the thermal comfort it provides, with the consumption of water and land, and with additional environmental issues including radiation, noise, waste, etc. A building which complies with the standard is eligible for a "green building" label by the Standards Institution, which certifies that that the building was built in a manner which is friendly both to the user and to the environment.

More about the Green Building Competition

The competition will be administered by the Competition Committee of the Israel Association of United Architects, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Following is the breakdown of the prizes in the two competition tracks:

Architect Track
  • First Prize - 40,000 shekels
  • Second Prize - 23,000 shekels
  • Third Prize -10,000 shekels
Student Track
  • First Prize - 13,000 shekels
  • Second Prize - 9,000 shekels
  • Third Prize - 5,000 shekels
The deadline for submission of the projects is June 19, 2007.

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