Green Construction and Sustainability
Our Social Responsibility to Maximize Green Building Planning
Miloslavsky Architects regularly plans residential towers, mixed-use complexes, assisted living towers, hotels and complex urban planning projects that include entire neighborhoods of thousands of housing units and a variety of uses.
In every such tower thousands of people work and live, and even more enter, exit and experience the tower in its vicinity and see it every day.
Alongside this, the firm also plans complex urban planning projects spanning over thousands of dunams which include entire neighborhoods of thousands of housing units and a variety of uses: high density construction, low-rise construction, commerce, services, assisted living, industry, transportation, open spaces, nature reserves and more. This type of urban planning determines the character of the area for many years and affects the lives of both the current and future generations.
During the planning of these complex projects, Miloslavsky Architects gives significant weight to the social responsibility that it carries to maximize green building planning. Accordingly, the firm incorporates in its architectural work design that implements green construction and sustainability in accordance with the Israeli standard for green construction (5281) as well as according to the guidelines of international standards – the American standard for green construction – LEED, and the European standard for green construction – BREEAM, with constant updates in device requirements.
The firm’s staff believes that the current generation, the target audience of every building, tower and space, understands the importance of green building and its impact on its quality of life and health, and is also committed to the right of future generations to a high quality of life. Therefore from the beginning of each project, the firm’s staff and management reflect to the client, developer and planning authorities the importance of green and sustainable construction values, leading and harnessing the realization of these values from the initial planning stages to its construction.
To integrate green building design and sustainability in its architectural design, the Miloslavsky Architects team makes sure to learn and keep up to date with everything related to the field: innovative design principles, rules for proper construction in efficient stages, advanced systems, materials, construction methods, construction processes and more. In these areas the many innovations make it possible to create innovative solutions of green building design, and Miloslavsky Architects is always at the forefront of knowledge and technology that enable it to create towers and a better living environment for its customers, preserving sustainability values and contributing to their quality of life.
This research and innovation also allows the office staff to incorporate in the planning economic considerations in favor of implementing efficient, easy and cost-effective maintenance over the years, thus maintaining the quality of life of the tower residents throughout its existence, for both current and future generations.
The combination of these values begins at the initial design stage of the tower or compound. Especially in a hot country like Israel, the placement angle of the tower will significantly determine its exposure to direct sunlight and the degree of need for air conditioning solutions. At the same time, the placement angle of the tower and the design of the windows and openings will also determine the amount of light that will enter the spaces, and the degree of dependence on artificial lighting. As part of planning the orientation and placement angle of towers, the firm also pre-tests the glare effect in order to create a pleasant look that will not detract from the observation experience towards the tower.
Later in the process, during the design phase of the building, the Miloslavsky Architects team combines shading solutions and smart cladding that maximize savings in cooling energy and lighting. During the design of the building systems, the firm selects energy-efficient air conditioning systems, combines systems for water purification, rainwater storage and water circulation, chooses exterior flooring that allows rainwater to seep back into groundwater reservoirs, implements systems for sorting and recycling garbage and more.
In the entire material selection process, the firm prioritizes the use of recyclable materials that are non-polluting, do not emit toxins to the environment, in favor of maintaining the sustainability, health and quality of life for the tower occupants and guests of the complex.
The firm believes that green building design is not only the result of materials and systems but also of green environment design that combines open and green spaces throughout the tower. The office staff combines green and open areas at floor level in the form of Sky Gardens, open balconies, Sky Lobbies, open overhead bridges, and a variety of creative solutions to enable human encounters even without having to go down to the street floor, and allow people to experience a green and pleasant environment.
As part of the green building agenda, Miloslavsky Architects places emphasis on sustainable urban planning that gives priority to pedestrians and cyclists in the urban space over cars. Therefore, the office creates an urban texture that maximizes the vitality of the street at the foot of the building for pedestrians: comfortable and shaded walking paths for pedestrians, a combination of bicycle paths, wide open spaces, shaded plazas that include a lot of diverse vegetation, avenues, aesthetic green spaces pleasing to the eye, traffic circles, playgrounds, multiple convenient entrances for pedestrians on the ground floor and more.
Thanks to all these tools, the design of Miloslavsky Architects gives a pleasant feeling in the living environment they create, improves the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and pass through the towers and their surroundings, and enables long-term physical, human and social sustainability.