Istanbul Airport Terminal becomes World's largest 'LEED Gold' certified building

Istanbul Airport Terminal becomes World's largest 'LEED Gold' certified building

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In its first year of operation Istanbul Airport has achieved a ‘LEED Gold’ certification, which has ensured that the US Green Building Council (USGBC) has officially registered the terminal building as the largest LEED certified building worldwide.

Scott Brownrigg were the Design Development Architect and Interior Concept Designer for the Airport that opened in April 2019. We worked alongside a highly collaborative international team that ncluded: Concept Architects Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects; Delivery Architects Fonksiyon Mimarlik, Turgut Alton Mimarlik, and Kiklop Design & Engineering.

LEED Certification is a long-running process from the design to completion of buildings and covers a wide range of aspects. The system evaluates buildings under various categories such as sustainable land, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation in design, or regional priority credits.

Commentating on Istanbul Airport qualifying to receive the “LEED Gold” certificate, Mahesh Ramanujam, President of the U.S. Green Building Council, remarked that the size of buildings is no obstacle to sustainability. He says “Nowadays, airports are not mere centers of transportation but places where people connect and get inspired, places that mirror the cities they are located in. As an entrance point to Turkey, the terminal of Istanbul Airport will also mirror the first impression that the millions of passengers passing through its gates every year will get at the airport. Istanbul Airport, as the largest “LEED Gold” certified building worldwide, is a manifestation of the fact that, no matter the size or unique aspects of a project, all projects can be a healthy, sustainable and high-performance place if designed in the right way.”

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