Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building
Construction has just begun on Israel’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-rated building, designed by local practices Geotectura and Axelrod-Grobman Architects, and Chinese firm Chen Architects.
The futuristic design for the Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES), situated on the campus of Tel Aviv University, features an unusual permeable, ventilated façade, which allows plenty of natural light and air into the interior spaces. It also acts as a collection device for the scarcest of local commodities: rainwater.
Other eco features include green rooftops designed for vegetative growth, landscaped wetlands surrounding the building, and vertical gardens. Car park spaces have been kept to a minimum to encourage students and staff to use public transport and bicycles.
The building will also be oriented to match the area’s climate conditions in order to maximise natural resources. Energy will come from a 50KW photovoltaic solar system, while chilled-beam cooling technology will regulate the internal temperature to reduce energy consumption.
Despite being Israel’s third LEED project, it is the first in the country to receive the Platinum rating – the highest possible. The project is due for completion in 2013.