Başakşehir Çam and Sakura City Hospital


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Area: 1.000.000 m²
Investor: Rönesans Holding
Location: Istanbul, Turkey



Project Overview

The İstanbul Başakşehir Çam ve Sakura Şehir Hastanesi stands as a testament to modern healthcare infrastructure, merging advanced medical facilities with sustainable design principles. As consultants who provided the LEED Certification Service for this monumental project, we are proud to highlight the key aspects and achievements that led to its LEED Gold certification. This blog post delves into the various strategies and practices that were implemented to ensure this prestigious recognition.

Located in İstanbul, the Başakşehir Çam ve Sakura Şehir Hastanesi is a massive healthcare facility spanning 1,000,000 square meters with a capacity of 2,682 beds. This state-of-the-art hospital not only addresses the healthcare needs of the community but also sets a benchmark in sustainable building practices.

Sustainable Sites (SS)

One of the primary focuses of the project was to enhance the sustainability of the site. With a total of 9 points out of 14 in the Sustainable Sites category, several measures were implemented:

  • Alternative Transportation: The project scored full points for public transportation access, bicycle storage and changing rooms, low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, and parking capacity, reflecting its commitment to reducing transportation-related emissions.
  • Heat Island Effect: Measures to mitigate the heat island effect, both on the roof and non-roof areas, were successfully incorporated, earning full points in these subcategories.

Water Efficiency (WE)

Water conservation was a critical component of the hospital's sustainability strategy. The project achieved 8 out of 9 points in the Water Efficiency category:

  • Water Efficient Landscaping: Implementing no potable water use for irrigation was a significant achievement.
  • Water Use Reduction: Through careful measurement and verification, and the inclusion of water-efficient fixtures and systems, the project excelled in reducing overall water consumption.

Energy & Atmosphere (EA)

Energy efficiency and management were at the forefront, with the hospital securing 26 out of 39 points in this category:

  • Optimize Energy Performance: The hospital achieved the maximum possible points by optimizing energy performance, a critical factor in reducing the building's operational carbon footprint.
  • Enhanced Refrigerant Management: Sustainable refrigerant practices were also a focus, contributing to the project's overall energy and atmosphere score.

Materials & Resources (MR)

The use of sustainable materials that have EPD Certification and effective resource management were pivotal, with 7 out of 16 points earned in this category:

  • Construction Waste Management: The project successfully managed construction waste, ensuring a significant portion was diverted from landfills.
  • Sustainably Sourced Materials: Emphasis was placed on using materials with lower environmental impacts, such as those sourced sustainably and containing reduced amounts of harmful substances.

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

Ensuring a healthy indoor environment for patients and staff was paramount, reflected in the 5 out of 18 points in this category:

  • Construction IAQ Management: Plans to maintain indoor air quality during and before occupancy were effectively implemented.
  • Low-Emitting Materials: The use of low-emitting materials helped minimize indoor air pollutants, enhancing the overall indoor environmental quality.

Innovation (IN)

Innovation in design and process was a cornerstone of the project, resulting in 4 out of 6 points:

  • Integrated Project Planning: A holistic approach to project planning and design was adopted, integrating sustainable practices from the early stages of development.
  • LEED Accredited Professional: The involvement of LEED-accredited professionals ensured that best practices in sustainability were consistently applied.

Regional Priority Credits (RP)

The project also addressed region-specific environmental priorities, earning 3 out of 4 points:

  • Optimize Energy Performance, Thermal Comfort, and Heat Island Effect: These were areas of focus that aligned with regional sustainability goals, further enhancing the project's performance.

The İstanbul Başakşehir Çam ve Sakura Şehir Hastanesi is a beacon of sustainable healthcare infrastructure. Achieving LEED Gold certification is a testament to the comprehensive and innovative strategies employed throughout the project's development. As consultants, we are proud to have played a role in this remarkable achievement, demonstrating that large-scale healthcare facilities can indeed harmonize operational excellence with environmental stewardship.

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