A Study on the energy efficiency criteria of green campus with a multi-scale approach: METU campus

Apaydın, Özgü
Reducing fossil fuel demand has become a more critical issue within the sustainable development agenda due to the rising concerns about recent climate change. Urban areas currently consume over two-thirds of the world's energy and account for more than 75% of the anthropogenic emissions. In today’s context, tackling climate change and minimizing its impacts require to act urgently and effectively towards reducing energy-related emissions in urban areas. As microcosms and living labs, university campuses are the best possible settings for exploring and practicing sustainability issues. In this respect, an increasing number of universities are committed to a more ‘‘green campus’’ to be primarily upon the energy issue by applying a variety of actions and strategies to their campuses. Literature, however, shows that the trend of transition into an energy-efficient campus for universities still lacks the core leading. The interventions and strategies applied by universities are generally framed by the Campus Sustainability Assessment (CSA) tools. Yet, the energy criteria of CSA tools limited to achieving energy savings with retrofit technics in building scale, green building certification, and green technology usage. Therefore, further research, the involvement of different disciplines, and the integration of energy-efficient design measures; all these are waiting for further promotion. To that end, the study has two primary objectives: (1) based on the literature review to provide a multi-scale evaluation tool to investigate campus operations upon energy efficiency first as an organization and second as a physical settlement with a multi-scale approach, namely on building scale, on building configuration scale, and campus-scale (2) to evaluate the Middle East Technical University (METU) Campus greenness over energy efficiency with the generated assessment chart. The major contributions of this study are extending the understanding of the green campus concept in terms of energy efficiency and presenting a methodology that can be used to enrich the criteria of the CSA tools.
Citation Formats
Ö. Apaydın, “A Study on the energy efficiency criteria of green campus with a multi-scale approach: METU campus,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences. Urban Design in City and Regional Planning Department., Middle East Technical University, 2019.