Çimsa Eskişehir Factory’s Dining Hall Building now hasLEED Platinum Certificate
The new dining hall building completed in October 2015 which was selected from among alternative architectural projects of Çimsa Eskişehir Factory, has been given the LEED Platinum Certificate. As a result of the evaluations made with regard to energy efficiency, sustainable land, architectural design, material and resources, the Dining Hall received 82 points over a scale of 110 in the “new building@ category. Having received the first green building certification in the cement industry, Cimsa Dining Hall now ranks 13th after the other 12 platinum projects in Turkey.
Excavation that resulted from the construction was used totally in cement production to ensure 100% recycling. And other wastes that came out during the demolition of the old building were utilized in company’s own waste treatment facility. And eventually a recycling rate of 78% was achieved. While mostly sustainable building materials were used for the construction, for facade design of the building, “depreciation value” was taken into account and no imitation material was used. The goal with this approach was to preserve the visual value of the building, as it gets older and to ensure that the building can meet user needs without loosing its value and with minimum maintenance cost in the future.
61% energy savings and 54%water savings achieved
A building that provides 61% energy savings by means of energy and daylight modeling was built. In order to improve water efficiency and minimize the use of network water, armatures with high water efficiency and flush tanks with low volume were preferred. With this design, 54% network water savings and 100% landscaping water savings have been achieved. And for heating the building, waste water from the clinker production furnaces at
Eskişehir Factory was used. This way it was possible to heat the building without using any fossil fuel and energy savings was achieved.
The building that was built using sun light modeling and utilizes 86% sun light, features carbon sensors. When the carbon rate inside the building increases, fresh air is sent into the building automatically. The building was constructed on a land with 98% scenery and health and environmentally friendly building materials were used. And rate of recyclable material use was 31%. All spaces inside the dining hall building can receive natural light and fresh air.
Not a single tree was cut!
The project, which has around 1000 m2 indoor space, was designed as two storeys, taking into account environmental factors and data. While “preservation of green” was the main factor taken into account in project design, relievos of all trees were made before the project and all trees were preserved and the building was structured within the area created by the trees. On the other hand, rainwater is sent to the habitat area inside the factor rather than being sent to the sewer system. The habitat area which is the first and only such habitat in Turkey was created by turning a big valley that was previously used as clay pit in the past, into a lake. The environs of the lake were landscaped using over 10.000 trees and over 150 different plant species. With this lake, an additional water source was created to allow the natural life in the lake to continue.
What is LEED®?
LEED® is an abbreviation for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”. LEED is a certification system developed by USGBC (United States Green Building Council) that allows grading of green buildings. LEED certificate approves that the project is a green building.