B.U. Constructs its First New Green Building (March 31, 2015)
The Tsunami Observation and Monitoring Center Building, part of the National Earthquake Monitoring Institute (UDIM) of the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, became the second building at Boğaziçi University to receive the Leed “Gold” Certificate. The Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certificate is known as the most recognized and widely accepted green building certificate in the world. Energy consumption in the UDIM building is 39.12% less than average energy consumption levels.
National Earthquake Monitoring Institute Receives Leed Gold Certificate
In 2012, Hamlin Hall (First Men’s Dormitory) became the first recipient of the Leed Gold Certificate in Turkey in the historical green university building category. Three years later, in February 2015, the Tsunami Monitoring Center of the National Earthquake Monitoring Institute (UDIM) was awarded the Leed Gold Certificate as the first new green building constructed by Boğaziçi University.
UDIM started operations on August 17, 2014. All earthquake data from Turkey is collected and evaluated at UDIM. Serkan Bıyık, a Mechanical Engineer at the Boğaziçi University Construction and Maintenance Department, provided information about the certificate awarded to the Tsunami Monitoring Center: “A building must satisfy standards regarding maximum energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, use of local materials and resources, use of solar energy for lighting, energy efficient lighting fixtures, and use of renewable energy sources to be qualified as a green building. “
In the new Tsunami Monitoring Center, electric energy is utilized for heating and cooling; gas or other energy sources are not used. Solar energy panels placed on the roof of the building supply part of the electricity; water is recovered by collecting and filtering rainwater; filtered rainwater as well as environmental water is used in the reservoirs in the building. Furthermore, an air-based heat pump enables the use of the heat in the air, significantly decreasing energy consumption in heating and cooling the building. Serkan Bıyık explained that the building consumed 39.12% less energy than average energy consumption figures and added that the total investment cost for the building was 1,313,000.00 TL.
All New Buildings in BU Will Comply With Green Building Criteria
Şahin Öztürk, Director of the Construction and Maintenance Department of B.U., stated that in accordance with the decision of the B.U. administration, all new buildings to be constructed in Boğaziçi University in the future would comply with Green Building criteria.