Israel's "Living Building" In Jerusalem Grows With the Seasons

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While many countries are taking pride in their sustainable of “green” building technologies, and LEED certification as we learn from Qatar, Israel may have gotten the upper hand by unveiling what it refers to as a “living building.” It even includes residency for local animals including porcupines. This new living-with-nature concept was inaugurated on January […]

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Qatar's New Green LEED Convention Center a Mini Masdar City

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Qatar’s new LEED-certified convention center could be as “green” as Masdar City. It will boast a world first of LED lighting in exhibition halls. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are not the only Persian Gulf locations building environmentally sustainable projects. Now, Qatar is building a unique convention center, which although still unfinished has already achieved the […]

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England Authorities Look to Mediterranean White Buildings To Help Keep Cool

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A week ago England’s Department of Health published practical recommendations to prepare for a potential heatwave which is also the central theme of their 2009 Heatwave Plan. The Heatwave Plan for 2009 has been updated with extra guidance that outlines the benefits of insulating houses to keep them cool during summer months, and warm during […]

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Elias Messinas Builds On Green Education From Israel and Practice in Greece

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There’s a phenomenon that’s hit the world, and Israel is no exception: designers, restaurants, grocery stores, companies and architects “in the green know” are talking about sustainability. Gone are the days when a soup company can paint a “recyclable” logo on a tin can and call itself environmentally friendly. Like in America, Israelis too have […]

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Designing from Nature at Jerusalem's Green Design Seminar

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Green Design – From Theory to Practice (see preview post here), a major international architectural seminar took place this week here in Jerusalem, bringing together leading experts from the worlds of architecture, design, and integrated studies. Despite the recent war in the south, all but one of the international practitioners came, and by doing so, […]

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Geotectura to Build Israel's Greenest Building at Tel Aviv University

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Within a few years Israel’s greenest building will be located at Tel Aviv University (TAU). That’s the goal of Joseph Cory of Geotectura. He and two other architecture companies have won first prize in an architectural competition to design a 4,000 square meter green building for TAU’s Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES). Cory’s partners […]

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Will Israel's Ben Gurion Airport Be the First In The Middle East To Go Green?

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Israel may soon have its first green airport. The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) has ordered the management of Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv to draw up a plan transforming Ben Gurion into “a leader in environmental protection.” The plan must provide solutions for the reduction of air pollution, water pollution and noise pollution. Use […]

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Gil brushes up on his "Natural Finishes"

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Today’s book review, part of our ‘eco books review festival’, is by guest writer Gil Peled: Jerusalem-based Israeli eco-architect Gil (who trained in architecture in the wilds of deepest Scotland…), has been involved in planning and designing on the green scene in Israel for many years. His ongoing project is coordinating a Jerusalem apartment building […]

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Jordanian Ministry of the Environment Launches Eco-Cities of the Mediterranean Forum 2008

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In a press conference held last week the Jordanian Minister of Environment, His Excellency Khaled Irani, announced the launch of a Jordanian initiative called “Eco-Cities of the Mediterranean Forum 2008” to be held at the Ministry’s premises this coming October. When explaining the reasons for initiating the regional conference, Irani said: Our region’s energy, water, […]

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Geotectura Builds a Green Future for Israel’s Real Estate

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Green building in Israel seems to be gaining momentum, as witnessed by the recent breakthrough of scientists from the Technion whose prize-winning research is going into building a green sanctuary in China (alas, not here!). It’s being spearheaded with particular enthusiasm by architect Joseph Cory, whose company Geotectura professes to be committed to creating buildings […]

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