Israel has announced plans to require green building standards on new constructions, but some say the requirements don't go far enough.
"Dr. Nitzan Eyal, who coordinates environmental issues at the Standards Institute, said that the Israeli standard on green construction, which aims to increase environmental awareness of entrepreneurs, contractors and residents, by promoting use of a combination of technologies and construction and environmental planning instruments, is a voluntary standard."
"'Five office buildings, a Kfar Saba neighborhood and additional residential units are currently being constructed in compliance with the standard,' Dr. Eyal said. 'It is imperative that the state and the IDF ensure that construction is in compliance with this standard.'"
"Architect and environmental activist Rafi Rich criticizes the Israeli standard, which he says is far less demanding than those prevailing worldwide."
"'I'm concerned about providing economic incentives for anyone who simply meets this standard,' he said, adding that Israel must set clear regulation and a high standard in keeping with international levels."