Sustainable Construction Practices - A comparative Assessment of Requirements in Certification Systems in Europe, Russia, Turkey and the U.S

Koç K. , Gürgün A. P.

6th international Project and Construction Management Conference (IPCMC2020), 12 - 14 November 2020, pp.733-738

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Page Numbers: pp.733-738


Due to a great amount of energy consumption, adverse impact on the environment, and ineffective use of resources in construction industry; the idea of sustainable construction is recognized in all over the world. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most widely used green building certification systems. Energy and Atmosphere category contributes to the maximum possible points in the LEED certification system at most. In this research, LEED certified buildings in Europe, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. were compared in terms of Energy and Atmosphere. For the overall understanding of sustainable construction practices, buildings in Russia and Turkey were compared according to all main categories. The findings suggest that buildings in Russia have a significant lack of ensuring On-site Renewable Energy credit category, compared to Europe, Turkey and the U.S. Apart from Turkey, which is at worst in terms of Green Power credit category, all three region have achieved less points in On-site Renewable Energy. In terms of all main credit category comparison, the findings indicate that the need for Material and Resource, and Energy and Atmosphere are of paramount significance in both Russia and Turkey.