Nov. 25
- Nov. 26

Marcus Family Campus


Buildings and settlements are nowadays increasingly expected to meet higher and potentially more complex levels of performance. They should be sustainable, use zero-net energy, be healthy and comfortable, grid-friendly, yet economical to build and maintain. Buildings are central to energy efficiency policy. Improving the energy performance of the building stock is crucial, not only to achieve targets such as those of EU's 2020 but also to meet the longer-term objectives of the climate strategy as laid down in the low carbon economy roadmap 2050.
The aim of the ZERO-PLUS research project is to search for buildings design for new highly energy performing buildings (H2020-EE-2015-1-PPP). Towards this goal, a comprehensive, cost-effective modular system for Net Zero Energy (NZE) settlements is currently being developed and implemented in a series of case studies across the EU.
In ZERO-PLUS, the challenge of significantly reducing the costs of NZE settlements is achieved through the implementation of three parallel strategies:
  • Increasing the efficiency of the components directly providing the energy conservation and energy generation in the NZE settlement.
  • Reducing the "balance of system" costs through efficient production and installation processes.
  • Reducing operational costs through better management of the loads and resources on a district scale rather than on the scale of a single building.
This two-day event will bring together in Israel some of the ZeroPlus EU central partners, as well as experts from other countries, in order to discuss lessons and insights gained so far, and the ramifications of this and similar projects around the world.

List of Speakers (in alphabetical order):

Margarita-Niki Asimakopoulos, NKUA, Greece
Andreas Athienitis, Concordia University, Canada
Polina Gluzman, IDF, Israel
Rajat Gupta, OBU, UK
Shabtai Isaac, BGU, Israel
Denia Kolokotsa, TUC, Greece
Marina Kyprianou Drakou, CYI, Cyprus
Elise Machline, LISER, Luxemburg
Fabio Montagnino, ARCA, Italy
Peter op' Veld, Huygen Engineers & Consultants, The Netherlands
David Pearmutter & Erez Gal, BGU, Israel
Gloria Pignata, CONTEDIL, Italy & UNSW, Australia
Arie Rahamimoff, Rahamimof Architects, Israel
Keren Schvetz, ILGBC, Israel
Slava Shubin, BGU, Israel
Theodoros Theodosiou, AUTH, Greece
Ana Tisov, Huygen Engineers & Consultants, The Netherlands

Special Events:

Cook Prize Award Ceremony

Round Table Discussion
 with representatives of the Planning Authorities, NGOs, Industry

Workshop Chair:
Prof. Isaac A. Meir and Dr. Shabtai Isaac

Kindly note that attendance is free, but reservations need to be made in advance due to room restrictions. RSVP by email to
This event is organized under the auspices of the Jeffrey Cook Charitable Trust, in collaboration with the ZeroPlus Consortium, the Israel Green Building Council – ILGBC, BGU Green Campus, and BGU VP for R&D.

Tentative Program