The new Gaziantep Human Resources Center is an exceptional solar-powered structure and the first building in Turkey to receive both the PassivHaus and the LEED Platinum certificate. Developed as a joint undertaking by Gaziantep University and the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, the Gaziantep Human Resources Center utilizes several sustainable energy systems and doubles as an educational facility where people can learn about renewable energy technologies.
Several international firms and organizations were included in the design and construction process. The concept was conceived by EG ARCHITECTURE, who collaborated with Turkish consultancy EKHO ARCHITECTURE to achieve compliance with the PassivHaus standards.
Some of the building’s most impactful features when it comes to energy efficiency are the heat-recovery ventilation system, superior insulation that reduces heat transfers, a heat pump system, and a complete absence of thermal bridges. Photovoltaics installed in the garden generate enough power to meet the building’s complete energy requirements.
The project combines both passive and active sustainable design strategies, which makes the most from features such as optimal opening placement, air-tight envelope, and clean energy sources. The LED lighting system helps minimize energy consumption, while the smart architectural design enables natural light to reach the interior of the building.