Turkish Green Building Council (ÇEDBİK) that continues its researches and studies in the field of green buildings, has created B.E.S.T.- Residential certification system that is appropriate to be implemented to new residential projects in Turkey. The main advantage of this certificate, which was developed in Turkey, compared to other international certificates is that the certificate is the first national certification system. Within the scope of BEST-Residential Certificate, houses are evaluated under 9 headings as Integrated Green Project Management, Land Use, Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Health and Wellbeing, Material and Resources, Residential Life, Operation and Maintenance and Innovation.
The aims of the B.E.S.T-Residential Certificate are creating healthy communities, a livable environment, and a developed economy. Besides, this certificate aims to improve the level of building standards. While measuring sustainability in the built environment, it tries to approach the ideal situation with various solutions. B.E.S.T-Residential Certificate, which brings the most innovative ideas together, has been created with the comments obtained from architectural, engineering, planning, landscape design, and electrical-mechanical installation projects. The question focused on the B.E.S.T-Residential Certificate is: How could the environmental impact be reduced in every step of design and construction?
B.E.S.T-Residential Certification Guide was formed by the common mind of more than 100 academicians, non-governmental organizations and sector representatives. Boğaziçi University, Gebze Institute of Technology, İstanbul Technical University, İstanbul University, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Özyeğin University, Yıldız Technical University, BinSimDer (Building Performance Modeling and Simulations Association), GENSED (Solar Energy Industry and Industrialists Association), GYODER (The Association of Real Estate and Real Estate Investment Companies), IMSAD (Construction Materials Industrialists Association), İSKAV (Heating, Cooling, Air Conditioning Research and Education Foundation), İZODER (Heat, Water, Sound and Fire Insulators’ Association), Chamber of Architects, General Directorate of Forestry, RMI Scientific Research and Training Center, TGUB (Turkish Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Association), Association of Engineers and Architects, Chamber of City Planners, TORID (Turkey Forest Products Importers and Manufacturers Association), TTMD (Chamber of Turkish Installation Engineers), the National Timber Association, XPS Thermal Insulation Manufacturers Association, Turkey WWF (World Wildlife Foundation) are among the institutions supported us during this period.
Development Progress of B.E.S.T-Residential Certificate
The B.E.S.T Residential Certificate Guide, which was formed in line with the common mind of more than 100 academicians, NGOs and sector representatives, was presented at the 2nd International Green Buildings Summit that we organized between 18-19 February 2013. A protocol was signed at the 2nd International Green Buildings Summit within the framework of the co-operation of ÇEDBİK and the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. In the protocol, it was agreed that “the Green Residential Certificate Guide”, which was prepared with a wide participation of the association, shall be accepted as a reference for the new houses to be built and the certification activities for greenhouses in our country shall be carried out with ÇEDBİK. In addition to the guide prepared by the association for the new residences, it was agreed to start preparing Green Certificate Guidelines for commercial buildings, existing buildings, schools, and hospitals, etc. and it was agreed on that the Ministry shall provide support for these studies and they shall participate the activities to ensure the use and spread of the certificates throughout the country and that they shall have an encouraging role.