Selection Criteria

Proposals will be judged based on the following planning criteria:
1.    Sustainable planning: meeting the Green Building Code as a prerequisite
The participants’ submission must exemplify the various aspects of sustainable planning, including but not limited to the choice of site, considerations of light, air, water, energy (passive planning) and the choice of materials. As a prerequisite, each submission must prove that implementing the plan at the site the planners have chosen receives a minimum of two stars (65 points), including meeting the standard’s prerequisites. Of the total number of points, at least 55 must come from the clauses relevant to architecture and the stage of the competition (see Appendix 2, Column 3 of the competition documents [Hebrew only]).
2.    Innovation and creative thinking
The competition seeks to challenge the contestants beyond the standards of green building that are accepted in Israel. It seeks to encourage contestants to think out of the box by coming up with creative, innovative solutions, including innovative use of materials that meet the green standard and environmentally-friendly technology. The topics that will be discussed and judged in the competition include (but are not limited to):

a)   Innovation and creative thinking

a)   Appropriate integration of innovative technology

b)   Proposals for designs or solutions that do not find expression in the current 5281 Green Building Code (available in Hebrew only). In order to improve the existing standard, indices for designs not mentioned in the standard may be submitted, with reference to the judging criteria or other criteria, together with a rationale for the new index and the proposed manner of examining the index.

c)    The effect of the relationship between the design of the space and the effect on the behavior of the tenants in the unit. To what extent can the model also be their teacher and guide for living a good life that is better for the environment and more economical in using resources? Does conservation in the unit depend on the user or on proper operation? If so, how likely is it that resources in the unit will be used appropriately? Contestants must prepare a guide to sustainable use of the building.
3.    A green society — the interaction between the unit, the urban space and the population:
The planning will be judged not only on the individual level but also as a cluster or complex of units and/or on the model’s integration into the existing urban space and its contribution to creating urban density and a social-community space. The planners must devote attention to the shared spaces that are created while encouraging interpersonal interaction and the development of environmental and communal responsibility.
4.    Inside-outside connection
The definition of the competition includes the planning of the model and its surrounding environment in the area of the site as a whole, with emphasis on planning for the various contexts between the model and its environment, and the use of the outside space. The competition does not deal only with the planning of shops, storage spaces and the rest of the services that are typical of a residential building in saturated or rural construction.
5.    Israeli-style construction and localization
The planning and materials of the Israeli model shall draw on the local context, the local climate and on conditions in Israel and at the site as chosen by the planners, with all that implies. Contestants may offer an explanation about the changes the model will require to adapt it to a different climate, different positioning and/or a different urban context from the one the contestants have chosen.
6.    Architectural and aesthetic considerations
The contestants must propose architectural and aesthetic solutions that are creative and inspired. Among other things, they must devote attention to choice of materials, design, space and composition, integration with urban textures in various regions in Israel, suggestions for dealing with the passage between the building and the open space in order to bridge between the inside and the outside, and the model’s ability to provide expression to the individual and to the group in various situations.
7.    Suitability for the target population
In addition to design and sustainability considerations, the contestants must also devote attention to the functional planning of the housing unit for a varied population, down to the smallest details that we know from day-to-day life: the need for storage space, the sorting of trash for recycling, the judicious use of the limited construction space to maximum and high-quality advantage throughout the hours of the day, the seasons of the year and the changing of the family unit and its needs accordingly, including the possibility of expanding the model.
8.    Practicability, operation and maintenance
Attention must be paid to the model’s practicability, the process of the unit’s construction along with the building’s ease of operation and maintenance as long as it stands, including its eco-friendly systems. Since KKL-JNF plans to build the two winning models, emphasis will be placed upon the practicability of specific solutions in the planning. The proposals must be at a level of planning and development that allow demonstration of the project’s practicability and ability to stay within budget. This criterion is of lesser importance in the student track.
9.    The experience of visiting the demonstration center
Since each model that is built will serve as a demonstration center for sustainable building, the planners must prepare it to receive large numbers of visitors and make sure it is accessible in its substance and its planning. The planners must present a strategy for the visitor experience in the visitors’ center. The judging will take into account issues such as how, and to what extent, the model reflects and demonstrates its sustainability; how cost-effectiveness aspects can be tested and presented; how the model can serve as an educational center for visitors of various ages; the visitors’ route, and so on.
10.  Multidisciplinary considerations
The competition host encourages the organizing of heterogeneous groups that include people from various occupational fields and varied professional experience, in hopes of receiving proposals that deal with the subject of green building, in all of its aspects, in a broad and detailed manner.