Green Building Assessment Model for Historic Buildings of Turkey




Green building, green building assessment systems, GBC Italy, historical buildings, sustainability


Grave structures are architectural works reflecting the cultural accumulation, continuity and political power of societies. In the context of sustainability, while "green building" certification systems are developing in building productions in the world, new guidelines are also being created. Of course, new guidelines are also being developed on the certification as green buildings within the scope of the protection and restoration of historical buildings that should be specially considered. In this study, it is aimed to create a model that will allow the historical buildings in Turkey to be evaluated in the context of “the green building” concept. With this model, it is considered that historical building conservation practices will contribute positively to the works of restorers in making those heritage sites more environmentally friendly and sustainable. For the model designed to evaluate historical buildings within the scope of green buildings, historical buildings were handled under 3 groups: a) 1st Group Historical Buildings, b) 2nd Group Historical Buildings and c) Reconstructed Historical Buildings. As creating the designed model, GBC-Italy system criteria were taken as the basis. The criteria were carried out by conducting a questionnaire with experts in this field. Importance of the relevant evaluation criteria in the scoring system were determined by using the AHP method. As a result of the analyzes and calculations, the accuracy of the scoring was confirmed. As historical buildings are evaluated according to the conditions of their periods, it is obvious that they are sustainable buildings. Naturally, nowadays to be able to preserve historical buildings for the future generations in a proper way is usually ensured by giving them a new function. The requirements of the new functions given to create the necessary equipment to provide today's comfort conditions in historical buildings naturally change the sustainable characteristics of the historical heritage. This evaluation system, designed to preserve the green building characteristics of historical buildings and to ensure their sustainability with their new functions, will be an important guide.


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Author Biographies

Elif Gizem Yetkin, Alanya Hamdullah Emin Pasa University

Dr. Elif Gizem Yetkin, after successfully completing her undergraduate studies at the Architecture Department of Bahçeşehir University, she received her master's degree in Environmental Control and Construction Technologies Program at Istanbul Technical University. She worked in the design unit of Turkey's leading construction companies. She received her Ph.D. Selçuk University/Konya Technical University, in the field of Architecture. Her research interests include drawing techniques in architecture, building physics, building technologies, and sustainable architecture. She worked as a full-time lecturer at Alanya University since 2014. She has been working as Head of the Department of Architecture in Alanya University since 2022.

İlhan Koç, Konya Technical University

Dr. İlhan Koç graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture (I.T.U.) in 1983. He completed his master's degree (MPhil.) in Building Preservation at Leicester Polytechnic (which became De Montfort University in 1992) in England, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, with an overseas government scholarship. Later, to fulfil his compulsory service, he worked intermittently between June 1989 and November 1992 as a restorer at Istanbul and Konya Directorates of Surveying and Monuments. From November 1992, he worked as a Research Assistant and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Konya Selçuk University until March 2002, until May 2018. Since then, he has been working as a lecturing member at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Konya Technical University. He served as a Deputy Head of Department between February 2008 and November 2010; as a Deputy Dean and as a Member of Faculty Board between December 2012 and February 2010. He has been a member of the Konya Cultural Heritage Preservation Regional Board since 2004. He conducts his scientific studies in the fields of building materials, construction systems, sustainability and energy in the construction sector, wooden materials, conservation of cultural heritage and restoration.


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How to Cite

Yetkin, E. G., & Koç, İlhan. (2023). Green Building Assessment Model for Historic Buildings of Turkey. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning, 11(2), 904–923.