Israel just cut the ribbon on the nation's first LEED Platinum certified building -- the Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) Building at Tel Aviv University! The building was designed by a collaborative group of Israeli architectural firms including Geotectura, Axelrod-Grobman Architects and Chen Architects. The Porter School's director, Dr. Arie Nesher, says students and visitors will use the university's first green building as a laboratory to study sustainable architecture.
The building’s sustainable features include solar PV panels, wastewater recycling, a green roof and an “EcoWall” with solar tubes that will provide heat during the winter while during the summer the same wall will provide shading to keep the interior cool. Constructed on a former dumping ground, the building is also conveniently located within walking distance of public transportation — Tel Aviv University Railway Station and a bus terminal.
The main conference room for the school is located in a large ball located in the center of the facade that is clearly visible from the outside and from the interior lobby looking south. The Porter School offers a three semester International MA program with a focus on Middle East water issues, climate change, economics of green building and other environmental subjects.
The PSES website states that the vision for the new building “sets out to be more than just a home for the school’s activities. The design and functions of the building are expected to embody the environmental work of the school and to demonstrate and disseminate the fruits of environmental research.”
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