טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentBen-Avraham Oren
SubjectDevelopment of Tools for Reviewing the Green Potential of
Existing Buildings, in Light of Current
Environmental Standards
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture and Town Planning
Supervisor Professor Isaac Guedi Capeluto
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Abstract

Through this research a tool for the analysis and determination of the Green Potential (GP) of existing buildings was developed. The tool, derived from the Israel Green Buildings Standard SI 5281, allows the quick evaluation of a single building or the comparison of different buildings in order to understand their potential, both by designers before their intervention or by planning authorities as ways of determining development plans. The development and logic of the tool is be demonstrated through the analysis and comparisons of various iconic buildings in Israel, from the 1950-60’s and contemporaries.


The Israeli Green Buildings Standard SI 5281, is a system of criteria and requirements that define the framework for testing new buildings and buildings that passed a massive renovation. The green accreditation is based on a checklist and accumulation of credits to stand on a certain condition threshold.


However, it is also possible seeing the Green Standards as a comparative instrument for the analysis of the performance of existing buildings, regarding the subjects treated by the standard. Through the analysis and classification of these subjects according to the degree of building flexibility and intervention required for implementing each of its sections, tools for the determination of the Green Potential of existing buildings can be derived from current standards. The importance of reusing existing structures, on account of both environmental and economic considerations, was the motivation to deliver such a tool.