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One project, many results: How building an energy efficient building changed life of construction workers

May 18, 2017

Ankara holds a building, newly completed but not renowned as it deserves: the building of Cezeri Green Technology Technical and Industrial Vocational High School. This building was built with the integrated building design technique, first ever applied in Turkey. Let us briefly explain for those who do not know. Situated on a land of 17,030 m2 and having a closed space of 21,940 m2, the building was constructed in an integrated manner to save energy in all features ranging from electrical installation to roof, from windows to layout. Further, it possesses the equipment to generate own energy, and even excess energy in summer months.

“A self-sufficient school generating own energy from the Sun, wind and co-generation”

The primary purpose in constructing such a building was to demonstrate the feasibility of such achievement in the public sector, and contribute to climate response by minimizing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of a public building; however, it was noticed soon after launching the project that the issue might have much more different results. The construction of the building became a source of experience for the works much more significant than anticipated.

 

Learning by doing

The construction workers of the building had never seen any of the systems being installed. For the construction duration of 18 months, they learned every day how each new system work and what purpose it served. The workers here were the first ever workers that worked in the construction of an integrated building in Turkey.

“I have seen these systems first time here. Whoever works here will be a much-sought worker if there is such a construction again.”

Everybody involved in the construction including the site chief, electrical technicians, workers became one of the few people in Turkey who had experience in this field.

“We thought initially that this was a project to touch only the children who would have education here, later we saw that it did touch many people from workers to engineers and the site chief.”

 

Seeing the possibilities

The workers also saw that such technologies were possible. Many expressed that they told their families and friends about the state of the art achieved by renewable energy, and if possible, they would like to use in their houses the many systems installed here.

“When we tell our friend what we have seen here, they are surprised and can grasp only to a certain extent, because it is something they have never seen. We are happy to have been the pioneers of this.”

 

Technical Details

A school complex, which belongs to the Ministry of National Education is constructed in line with the principles of integrated building design approach as a part of the project on Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Turkey and will be a model for public sector. Cezeri Green Technology Technical and Industrial Vocational High School is the first environment-friendly public building and sets a model for showing how to reduce energy consumption in public buildings in Turkey and related GHG emissions in a cost-efficient way.

Cezeri Green Technology Technical and Industrial Vocational High School complex has 26 classrooms, 6 laboratories, 10 ateliers, a sports hall, a dormitory building with 52 rooms and 147 beds. Technical aspects of the school campus are as follows: green roof, photovoltaic solar panels and wind turbine, rainwater collection system and grey water usage, high performance building envelope, natural lighting with solar chimney, appropriate sunshade settlements, efficient soil borne based heat pump, and natural ventilation.

Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings Project is being implemented by the General Directorate of Renewable Energy (GDRE) of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources in cooperation with UNDP with the financial support of Global Environment Facility (GEF). The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, and Ministry of National Education are other partners of the project.