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Izmir gets the first LEED certified airport terminal in Turkey

Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport's Domestic Terminal has become the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificated terminal building in Turkey.

Designed and constructed by TAV Construction and operated by TAV Airports, the complex has been awarded LEED Silver Certification by US Green Buildings Council (USGBC).

TAV Construction's managing director, Ümit Kazak, said: "We designed and completed the construction of the new termina in line with LEED certification requirements to achieve effective environmental sustainability and are glad that the results of our endeavours have been recognised and rewarded by LEED Silver certification of US Green Buildings Council."

Kazak, who noted that the TAV built terminal at Medinah Airport in Saudi Arabia received the LEED Gold certification, insisted that TAV's commitment to sustainable design was due its belief that it had a responsibility to protect the environment for future generations.

"As a result, we will continue to complete our projects through the implementation of the latest environmentally-friendly technologies," he pledged.Izmir internal2.jpg
LEED certification is one of the most popular green building certification programmes used worldwide to ensure the design and construction of the buildings.

In compliance with the 'waste management procedure', 99% of the waste generated during the demolition of the old terminal at Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport was reused or recycled. 

According to TAV, the new terminal has achieved an energy saving of 20% through renewable energy, energy-efficient equipment, sunshades and energy-efficient windows. 

While the terminal's gray water recycling and rainwater harvesting systems have achieved a 47% reduction in clean water consumption. 

TAV Construction laid the foundations in June 2012 and put the terminal into service on March 17th, 2014.

TAV Airports, which has operated the gateway's International Terminal since 2007 and the won the tender to do operate the Domestic Terminal in 2011, is quick to point out that the airport is also an active participant in ACI's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

Adnan Menderes Airport recorded a double digit increase in passengers last year as more than 11 million people passed through its facilities.

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