A project to adapt integrated design concepts to Turkey

On 12 and 13 March a meeting was held in Ankara, Turkey to launch a project to adapt the principle of integrated design process (known as Integrated Building Design Approach, or IBDA in Turkey) for the Turkish building industry. The project is financed by UNDP Turkey and the Turkish Ministry of Energy and is expected to result in the production of two main reports by the end of the summer: an Adaptation report, on how to apply the principles for Turkish conditions, and a Guideline document, to support the work of design teams in applying the method.

The work in Turkey is being led by Abdi Güzer from the Ministry of Energy, Tolga Yakar from UNDP Turkey, and Ilker Kahraman from the University of Izmir. Members of the consulting team include Nils Larsson of iiSBE, Birol Kilkis, a senior engineer, as well as specialists in energy simulation, building information modeling (BIM), structures, water usage, indoor environmental issues, materials, solid waste, ventilation, lighting and acoustics. It is interesting to note that the team also includes specialists in traditional Turkish building forms and legislation.

The Adaptation report is the first task, and a draft is expected to be completed by the end of April, with work on the Guideline document starting as soon as the Adaptation draft is available.

For more information, contact Tolga Yakar at tolga.yakar@undp.org.