Summer School on Energy Efficiency in Buildings 23rd July – 17th August 2018

The first Summer School activity on Energy Efficiency in Buildings under Technology Cooperation component of the Project for Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in Turkey was held in Ankara and Berlin with the aim of bringing together academy and research sectors from Germany and Turkey with the cooperation of the partner Ministry MoEU and universities from each country.

With this aim, the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara and Beuth University of Applied Science in Berlin came to an agreement on a common curriculum for the Summer School activity. An interdisciplinary approach was adopted in order to combine architectural and engineering solutions for ensuring sustainable or “green” buildings with an ultimate goal to establish a common master program on energy efficiency in buildings with the support of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Under the first week’s program, on site planning for energy efficiency, integrated building designs & energy simulations, energy economics & energy policy and also sustainable facade systems for energy efficient buildings topics were covered. Also, energy efficient buildings site visits to MATPUM building, Cezeri Technical High School and Turkish Land Registry Building were held in Ankara.

The second and third weeks of the activity continued to take place in Beuth University in Berlin with the topics of measuring energy efficiency, nZEB and related concepts, renewable energy integration in buildings and also energy efficiency management and legal framework in order to increase energy efficient implementations in buildings. In accordance with the topics and as best practices from Germany, Beuth Campus, German Parliament building, Passive House and Energy Efficient Building in Berlin were visited.

With the experience gained from project examples, laboratory studies and site visits; the activity continued in Ankara in its last week with the project implementation exercises by a collaborative design approach in MATPUM laboratories. The knowledge acquired during the summer school was tested with these practical exercises on already existing, typical high school buildings located in different climate zones of Turkey. For each building, the project teams investigated the existing condition, prepared extensive analyses, made necessary evaluations, developed conceptual designs and proposed their renovation projects to achieve higher energy efficiency.

In the end, the summer school provided an in-depth overview on EE policy and latest technological developments and trends in the building sector to 22 participants from Turkey and Germany, including guests from Mongolia and Argentina by four weeks of intense lectures, study tours and EE and RE technology demonstrations in Ankara and Berlin.

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Pictures: Project for Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in Turkey, © GIZ