Intel Israel goes Green

Intel’s offices in Israel have been described as the future of the work place.

Intel Israel opened Israel’s first LEED-certified green building in Haifa yesterday and has been awared a Gold standard by the American LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification system.

The highly regarded, complex, LEED system rates buildings according to their environmental properties, including water and energy consumption, interior conditions and more. It takes into account everything from construction materials, energy management and natural light to bike racks and showers.

The Haifa facility, IDC9, is Intel’s first LEED Gold building. Construction waste is separated at the source into its component parts and recycled. More than 13 per cent of the construction materials themselves came from recycled sources.

The structure was built on a car park rather than breaking new ground and has been designed to save 17 per cent in total energy consumption.

In the 700 square meter server room  the heat will be recycled for hot water and winter heating, although it does not get that cold in Israel. Throughout the building there is energy efficient lighting and equipped with motion detectors that turn off the lights.

As you would expect there are double glazed windows, patios and reflective shelves, which let in natural light with lower solar heat. More than 75 percent of the building is exposed to natural light with the help of automatic control systems.

Automatic sensors also control the levels of artificial lighting according to the natural light.

Fresh air is monitored by CO2 sensors that track the number of people on each floor. Intel is growing plants on the roof and placed heat-reflecting materials to lower interior temperatures.

Water that’s condensed by air conditioners is collected and used for gardening. The building’s data centre’s Xeon processors are also supposed to reduce power consumption.

While it is all very nice for polar bears, Intel’s main motivation appears to be cash. The outfit thinks that it will save quite a bit each year.