About the Competition

Living Green in Israel - KKL-JNF and the Israeli Green Building Council hereby announce a public competition, at the end of which KKL-JNF intends to construct two buildings that will serve as demonstration centers for green construction. The buildings will be open to the general public.


To all Living Green in Israel competition participants:

In response to requests that were received from a number of teams in the south to postpone submission of their proposals due to the security situation, the competition steering committee has decided to take the situation into consideration, and to approve a onetime postponement of submission, until Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 12:00 midnight.

This is a onetime postponement and the new time is final. Due to the tight schedule of the judge's deliberation process and the announcement of the winners, we will not be able to approve any additional postponements.

We wish all the contestants success and hope for quieter times.

The goal of the competition is to generate discussion with a broader view on sustainable housing in the urban space, and to create an exhibition that encourages a personal and creative interpretation of the concept of “living green in Israel.”

Since the competition is not theoretical, at its conclusion, two designs will be chosen and built for demonstration purposes. The contestants are invited to plan a model of an innovative housing unit that reduces environmental damage, benefits the users as individuals and as a society, and is economical and practical at the same time.

The competition’s focus is on combining architecture, landscaping and design with sustainable thinking. Proposals must show how meeting and even exceeding the requirements of the accepted green standard in Israel can be combined with inspiring solutions in planning and design.

The contestants must examine the implementation of the prototype at the site of their choice as part of a cluster and/or integration into a fabric that meets the demands of urban housing density.

The planning will also take into account the conditions at the site, the local climate and the construction materials and technology in developing the outdoor areas and defining the inside-outside relationship suitable for Israel’s climate and the social and environmental contexts of the unit and the space.

The model must match the family’s needs as they change over time. It must also take into account budgetary considerations while showing how green construction can be suitable for the general public and be an integral part of promoting sustainable housing solutions.

The competition is a project of KKL-JNF in cooperation with the Israeli Green Building Council.

Galit Shiff of Gilad-Shiff Architecture is the competition’s coordinator.