Forum 15’s municipalities conducted greenhouse emissions surveys as part of their membership in the Climate Convention. The results of these surveys showed that the majority of emissions stem from energy consumption in buildings (about 65% - 85% of total emissions in the cities).
These statistics emphasized the need to promote the subject of green building as a major part of the cities’ strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Green construction is an expression of urban resilience, combining elements of emissions reduction, adaptation, quality of life and green growth. Its principles apply not only to single buildings but also to planning policy at the street, neighborhood and city levels. This is another step in the development of Israeli cities as sustainable and resilient, aligning them with major cities across the globe.
Given the above, the Forum is active on a number of levels. Among these are operation of the Urban Green Building Forum, adoption of the Israeli Green Building Standard by Forum 15’s municipalities, working with relevant government offices in order to remove hindrances and provide incentives for green building, participation as active members in the Israeli Green Building Council (ILGBC)
, participation in professional conventions and assembling professional knowledge and information regarding green building.