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‘Green buildings’ will be certified with the ‘National Green Certificate System’

The “National Green Certificate System”, which was prepared as a domestic application in order to certify green buildings, will begin to serve.

With the regulation prepared by the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change and published in today’s issue of the Official Gazette, the National Green Certificate System “YeS-TR”, which was prepared as a domestic application for the first time in order to certify green buildings, was implemented.

According to the regulation, in which the “green building” is defined as sustainable throughout its life cycle, covering site selection, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, demolition, waste and wastewater disposal, compatible with nature, low-emission and negative effects on the environment are minimized, environmentally friendly the evaluation body of the National Green Certification System will be the Turkish Environment Agency.

The owner of the building or settlement that wishes to obtain a green certificate will receive service from green certificate experts and an assessment agency authorized by the ministry.

The green certification specialist will record the information of the building or settlement to be certified in the YeS-TR system.

The Turkish Environment Agency will take action by evaluating the information recorded in the system and, where necessary, by conducting an on-site study.

Institutions and organizations with public legal personality, universities and non-governmental organizations, which are subject to the provisions of public or private law, operating on issues such as green buildings and green settlements, can operate as educational organizations if they meet the conditions specified in the regulation.

Green certification experts will be able to operate if they are successful in the written exam to be applied by participating in the certificate training program to be organized by the educational institutions and if they are authorized by the ministry in YeS-TR.

The Turkish Environment Agency will employ or outsource green certificate assessment experts with the qualifications and numbers that can evaluate the criteria specified in the evaluation guide regarding the building or settlement subject to the application.

The agency will examine the certificate applications and evaluate the sustainable environmental, social and economic performances of the buildings and settlements according to the guidelines and issue the relevant certificate to the buildings and settlements that meet the criteria.

Green certificate specialization authorization valid for ten years

Persons with professions specified in the evaluation guides can attend the green certificate trainings. The validity period of the green certificate specialization rating will be ten years. At the end of this period, it will be possible to retake the exam without participating in the training and renew the expertise.

Among the personnel working in the central and provincial organizations of the Ministry and having the professions of green certificate specialists specified in the evaluation guides, those who have worked for at least three years within the scope of green certificate-related activities and those who have worked as a manager in these units for at least two years will be entitled to become a green certificate specialist.

Green certification experts, if they work in the assessment body team, will receive the title of green certification assessment expert and will be defined to YeS-TR by the assessment body. Experts will evaluate the information and documents recorded here, and analyze and score whether the building or settlement fulfills the conditions of being a green building or a green settlement.

The rights of legal entities that were previously assigned as an educational institution by the Ministry and those who received the necessary training and received green certificate expertise will be reserved.

On the other hand, the “Green Certificate Regulation for Buildings and Settlements” published in the Official Gazette on 23 December 2017 was repealed.

Source: Trthaber / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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