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University to compare US, UK in certification

ISTANBUL – Referans | 2/22/2010 12:00:00 AM | ENİS TAYMAN

Sabancı University’s nanotechnology center is a candidate for environment certificates of both the United States and the United Kingdom. The university will conduct a case study through comparing the two certificates during its environmentalist initiative

The Nanotechnology Research and Application Center from Sabancı University will be housed under a certified green, environmentally friendly building. It will also provide an opportunity to compare the United States and the United Kingdom green building accreditation criteria.

The Nanotechnology Research and Application Center, referred as Sunum, was founded in 2009 with the investment of 50 million Turkish Liras from the Sabancı Foundation and the State Planning Organization, or DPT. It is the first building in Turkey to get both LEED and BREEAM certificates concerning green buildings.

“We are quite excited. We will also have the chance to compare the two certificates in practice,” said Berkay Somalı from Altensis, a consulting firm evaluating the certificates. “We will experiment in a real scenario the compatibility of the certificates to Turkey’s conditions.”

The aim with the two certificates is to minimize the damage to the environment as much as possible, said Sunum Director Volkan Özgüz. The target is to cut water consumption by 40 percent and enable energy savings of 25 percent. 

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The environment-friendly Sunum building, which was built with advanced construction technology, is expected to start operating in 2011. It will also obtain a “Gold” certificate of the U.S.-based LEED and “Very Good” certificate of the UK-based BREEAM, BRE Environmental Assessment Method, which sets the standard for sustainable design.

“Through the certificates, we aim to minimize to the lowest level the building’s impact on the environment,” said Özgüz. “Besides, we will have the chance to compare the two certificates.” There is an expectation to see a case study emerge as a result of a merge of the two certificates in this project, Özgüz said.

The center aims to comply with the one that stipulates a higher value during evaluations. The building is expected to generate much of its energy with solar panels. The rate of the recycled materials is 10 to 20 percent while the rate of the biodegradability of the building construction waste is 50 to 80 percent.

Around 20 solar energy panels will be installed on the roof of the center to meet the building’s hot water demand and the ventilation system will be powered by an additional 200 solar panels. The cost increase in the building is expected to be of only 5 percent when compared to other conventional buildings fulfilling similar purposes in technology and research and development.

The site of the building is an old parking lot. The materials will be obtained from within an 800-kilometer radius, as locally produced goods will be preferred. The building will be ecological and bio-compatible. Bikes and electric vehicles will have priority in transportation to the building. Rainwater will be recycled and used for irrigation purposes. The gardens will grow plants natural to the region. Water-free urinals and water-conservative fittings will be used. During the construction, contractor firms will collect 80 percent of construction waste for recycling.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the criteria that matter most: energy saving, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and management of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED provides building owners and operators a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

BREEAM provides clients, developers, designers and others with market recognition for low-environmental impact buildings, assurance that environmental practice is incorporated into a building and a tool to help reduce running costs, and improve working and living environments.



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