Ali Kuşçu Mosque-i Şerifi, located in the Airport City south of Istanbul Airport, has been registered as the world's first LEED Gold v4 certified mosque by the American Green Building Council.
Continuing its activities in line with the principles of sustainable development, IGA received an important certificate for the Ali Kuşçu Mosque, the first structure of Airport City, as a result of its application to the American Green Building Council. of the American Green Building Council; With the "LEED Gold v4" certificate awarded in the "LEED v4 Building Design and Construction" category, the mosque became the first mosque in the world to receive this certificate.
The LEED Gold certification process, which started with target and strategy determination meetings, continued during the project design and construction process of the mosque. In this way, the targets set in line with the LEED certification process were achieved in the fastest way possible.
Ali Kuşçu Mosque-i Şerifi passed all the evaluations and was awarded the Gold certificate.
Although the LEED Certification system is a long-term process that starts from the design process and continues until the completion of the construction, it covers issues that concern multiple disciplines. The system evaluates buildings on various topics such as sustainable land, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor living quality, innovation in design, and local order of importance. Buildings that meet the prerequisites are registered at the Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum level according to the scores they receive as a result of the evaluations.
Maximum attention was paid to the protection of natural life during and after the construction of the Ali Kuşçu Mosque-i Şerifi land located in the Airport City. The rate of greened areas on the mosque land is designed to be over 30 percent. While the ratio of hard floors was kept low in order to minimize the burden of the construction on the infrastructure and especially the rainwater network, light-colored coating materials were preferred on the roof and hard floors to reduce the heat island effect.
The most environmentally friendly mosque in the world…
In the Ali Kuşçu Mosque-i Şerifi, bicycle parking areas were arranged in order to encourage the use of bicycles for employees and visitors, while water saving features were sought in the water faucets and sanitary wares used in the mosque. EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) standards were taken into consideration in these elections. While all the energy-consuming systems in the mosque were inspected in accordance with the "commissioning" procedures specified by LEED, it was determined that they were operating in accordance with the targeted performance criteria during both assembly and use.
While energy efficiency was prioritized in the lighting and mechanical systems used in the mosque, the carbon footprint of the mosque was zeroed as much as the annual energy consumption. In addition to all these, work was carried out to maximize the use of daylight in the design of the mosque. In this way, it was aimed both to reduce the energy spent on lighting and to use the positive effects of daylight on the visitors indoors.
The first mosque to value Zero Waste policy…
Continuing its activities with its Zero Waste mission, IGA recycles most of the waste generated during the construction of the Ali Kuşçu Mosque-i Şerifi, while all domestic and recyclable wastes generated during the construction process are regularly monitored. While the sustainable and environmentally friendly construction materials used in the mosque were preferred primarily, more than 20 types of EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) certified materials were used within the scope of the project. In this way, the use of products that are environmentally and economically preferable and that measure the environmental impacts of the production process were encouraged.
While the air quality and visitor comfort mechanical ventilation system in the interior of Ali Kuşçu Mosque-i Şerifi was designed to be over 30 percent of the fresh air values determined in the ASHRAE standard, all processes were determined with indoor temperature values in accordance with the ASHRAE standard. Thus, visitor comfort has been brought to the highest point.