When you think of Israel and high tech, and the first word that pops into most minds is...
Intel. Since setting up shop in the country in 1974, Intel Israel has been responsible for developing the Pentium and Centrino chips which power most PCs around the world. However, in the future, if you put together Intel and Israel, the first word that will probably spring to mind is... green.

Recently, in Haifa, Intel Israel dedicated the country's most environmentally-friendly office building. Dubbed IDC9, the 11- storey, $110 million facility has a double distinction. It is Israel’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified green building and it has been awarded Gold - the second-highest rating in the LEED certification system. The American LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The US Green Building Council initiated the LEED standard to encourage ecologicallysound construction. There are barely a handful of LEED-certified buildings in Israel. However, with the IDC9, Intel made a strategic decision to move full steam ahead in Israel after years of evaluating 'green' design standards and steadily incorporating green building concepts and practices into the construction of its buildings.

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