EXPERIENCE IN AN APPLIED COURSE TO REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT IN ARCHITECTURE

Abstract

Author(s): Neslihan KUL├ľZ├ť UZUNBOY, Serkan S?PAH?

The aim of this study is to share an experience on how the environmental impact of a building can be reduced in the architectural design process by using eco-design strategies. Accordingly, the reflective design process, which was originally designed within the scope of Ecological Architecture course given in the Department of Architecture at the Atatürk University Faculty of Architecture and Design; are presented together with the methods used in the process and the main findings obtained. Considering the environmental impacts of the architecture and construction industry, it is important to understand and adopt the approaches and methods to reduce the environmental impacts of buildings and/or building groups by architect candidates during their education. From this point of view, Ecological Architecture course was designed to enable the candidates to experience the environmental impacts of buildings, eco-design strategies that can be used to reduce these effects, and the building materials and construction techniques that have relatively high and low environmental impact by experiencing them in the case of their small house designs. In this study, which focuses on the production phase of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) process, the environmental impacts of sample small house structures are determined through the Ccalc program. As a result of the study, it was revealed that small house designs designed with industrial construction techniques, which constitute the sample of the study, were handled again in the direction of eco-design strategies, thereby reducing the carbon footprints in the range of 86-60%.

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