Construction is underway for the Porter School of Environmental Studies EcoBuilding. The building will significantly raise the bar for green building standards, and is designed to deliver Israel's first LEED Platinum Certified Building, the highest accreditation of the US Green Building Council, the leading standard worldwide. The building will provide space for experiments and demonstrations of environmental technologies and will consolidate lectures, research, exhibitions, conferences and the Porter School's administration under one roof.
"The Porter School's green building will stand as a symbol for Israel's desire to better the environment", says Dame Shirley Porter, the benefactor and leading visionary of the School.
The EcoBuilding has been designed to maximize the efficient use of energy, water and materials and will incorporate:
- Photovoltaic power and solar collectors
- Water recycling
- Natural ventilation
- Bioclimatic design
- Use of recycled and environmentally-friendly construction materials
- "Green roof" climate research and monitoring
- Public displays on water and energy consumption
The Atrium – a soaring, glassed-in lobby and exhibition space with a three-storey high foyer will offer extraordinary views of Tel Aviv and beyond. The multi-purpose, 300 sq.m space will feature monitors displaying a live feed of the building's energy, carbon and water consumption data, as well as novel environmental research findings.
The Capsule Meeting Room – is a unique, executive-style room for meetings, seminars and workshops seating 20-35 people. The visually-striking structure is suspended over the atrium and will serve as a central element of the EcoWall – the eastern façade of the building. The external layer will be covered with a computer-controlled network of LED bulbs, enabling public display of environmental information such as: energy statistics of the EcoBuilding, pollution levels in Tel Aviv, etc.
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