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Certification Process for Green Building

In order to be certified for green building standards, the green building supporter forms the best strategy, along with the planning team, that will allow the project to reach the score needed to qualify for the desired standard of ranking.

The process of green building is carefully done, improves the environment, and is better for clients and residents, resulting in saving on costs for the builder in the long run.


Israeli Green Building Standard

Using an Israeli Green Building Standard has become common following the 15th Forum’s decision to adopt it, and qualifying for it is considered a requirement for a permit in almost all Forum cities. The standard was recently updated in a comprehensive manner, both in structure and in terms of professional content, so it better fits local planning and construction processes while applying the lessons learned from its application in the last decade. In its updated version, the standard relates to the structure’s features in ten areas: 1. Energy; 2. Land; 3. Water; 4. Materials; 5. Health and Welfare; 6. Waste; 7. Transportation; 8. Construction site management; 9. Innovation (when relevant); 10. Operation (when relevant).

The above features are divided into mandatory and optional clauses which give the project its score. The standard’s ranking moves between basic level (one star, 55 points) and an advanced green building (five stars, 90 points or more).


Certification Process

In order to get certified for a green building standard, the green building supporter forms the best strategy, along with the planning team, that will allow the project to reach the score needed to qualify for the desired standard ranking.

After forming the green building strategy, the supporter will have to submit the necessary materials to the certification institute with which the project is in contact, proving that it qualifies for each of the standard’s sections in the formed strategy. The project is then confirmed in two stages:

Stage A – Building planning: assessing the level of correlation between the planning of the building, its surroundings and the standard’s requirements. This stage is usually performed before the work begins at the site. The certification institute will issue a temporary ranking permit for the building.

Stage B – Correlating the planning and the execution: a check of the grounds aimed at verifying that the development and construction work has been done according to the plan submitted in Stage A, and/or that they are in line with the standard requirements and allow the project to gain the points to meet the required level. Thus there is on-site observation by the certification institute during the completion of the framework, and once again at the end of the work. At the end of the process, the building will receive its final ranking.

The Green Building team at ESD is comprised of architectures, engineers and interior designers, and uses a variety of designated and advanced programs as tools to plan the structures and adjust them to various applications in terms of natural lighting, ventilation, local wind schemes and passive heating. Correct planning and maximized use of natural local resources is a basic step in achieving optimal energy efficiency in the systems’ energy consumption, improving conditions within the structure and reducing operational costs and damage done to the environment. Our skilled team knows how to answer all the needs of the project in terms of green building, efficiently and on a tight schedule.


Israeli Standard 1045 – Thermal Isolation of Buildings – this standard is mandatory according to the planning and building laws, and establishes minimal requirements for thermal isolation of the exterior elements of buildings. The standard has seven chapters: Section 0, which details the calculation methods; Section 10, which details the division of settlements in the country to four climate zones; and five other parts that deal with various designations for structures – residential, education, offices, hospitals and hotels.


Israeli Standard 5282 – Ranking Buildings by Energy Consumption – is part of the mandatory sections of Israeli Standard 5281. This standard deals with the ranking of the building according to energy consumption and includes different sections: Israeli Standard 5282 Part 1 – Ranking Residential Buildings; Israeli Standard 5282 Part 2 – Ranking Office Buildings and Part 3 – Ranking Education Buildings.

The aim of this standard is to encourage energy streamlining in Israeli buildings. This standard includes a check of the structure’s energy functions via thermodynamic simulation programs. In order to set the energy ranking, a comparison is made between the annual energy consumption for heating or cooling each apartment/office/class in the structure and the calculated annual consumption for a standard unit with an exterior composition that fits the minimal requirements of Standard 1045. The level of savings in consumption rates will set the energy ranking of the apartment, class or office.

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