Boğaziçi University Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute National Earthquake Observation Institute (UDİM)

Tsunami Watch Evaluation Centre within Boğaziçi University Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute National Earthquake Observation Institute (UDİM) became the second green building of Boğaziçi University by deserving to gain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) “Gold” Certificate in February 2015. LEED is known as the green building certification having the highest recognition and acceptance all over the world.

Within the framework of the evaluations among the standards sought to become a Green Building, primarily the criteria such as the building’s having maximum energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, the use of local materials in architecture, greater use of daylight, using fixtures consuming less electricity and the provision of the energy consumed from renewable energy sources are in the lead. In the new building applied for LEED Gold Certification, heating and cooling is done with electricity, gas or another energy source is not used. While a portion of the electricity is obtained from solar panels on the roof, recovery of the water is possible via filtration of rainwater by collecting it. The filtered rain and surrounding waters are used in building reservoirs. Thanks to the air-sourced heat pump, less energy consumption is provided in the building’s heating and cooling benefiting from the heat in the air. With all these implementations, 39.12% less energy is spent than the average energy consumption values taken as a basis by the organization certifying the buildings. The cost of investment for Gold LEED Certification was £ 1,313,000.00.