Author: Nick Kolyohin
Source: The World News Monitor
Starting March 2022, any new building in Israel will be constructed according to the national green standards.
"We are pioneers and very proud of this," said Ran Avraham, head of the green building unit at the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP), referring to the new mandatory sustainable construction legislation.
On Aug. 27, the Israeli government issued the binding Israeli sustainable certification SI 5281, which was originally established in 2005 as a voluntary standard.
Over the past seven years, about 20 Israeli cities began to implement sustainable construction requirements as the green standard was periodically updated.
Buildings are a major contributor of pollutant emissions into the air and the largest global consumers of natural resources and energy, MoEP said on its website.
Surveys conducted by Forum 15, an association that represents most of Israel's major cities, show that about 75 percent of emissions within cities stem from energy consumption in buildings.
Transitioning to green building standards could help Israel fulfil its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Paris agreement it signed.
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